Staff Spotlight: Reverend Richard Hanna

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 25, 2020

Our staff spotlight this month is our incredible Chaplain of over 15 years, Reverend Richard Hanna! Rev. Hanna has been a shining light in our community and to our Kirkwood family for many years and we are so thankful for the love and life he brings to us each day. We wanted to ask him a few questions and here is what he said:

What is the thing you love most about Kirkwood? “The residents, staff and families help to create the wonderful spirit of love and friendship that epitomizes Kirkwood.”

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world from the past or present who would it be? “Perhaps Jesus.  Or George Washington.  Or Abraham Lincoln.  Way too many folks I’d love to sit down with.  And I sure would love to sit down and talk with family members who are no longer here!”

What is your favorite hobby or way to spend time outside of work? “I enjoy riding my bike, reading the paper, being on social media and getting with friends for Saturday night out.”

The whole Kirkwood family is so thankful for Reverend Hanna’s shepherding throughout the years! We pray blessings on him and his ministry with his family and here at our community!


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident