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Staff Spotlight: Roslyn Miller Simpson

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date June 08, 2022

This month we wanted to spotlight and introduce our Director of Environmental Services, Roslyn Simpson. She has been at Kirkwood with Southern Food Service since September of 2021 and has been working in the EVS industry for almost 15 years!

Roslyn is originally from Jackson, MS but now lives in the Trussville area with her family. She has been married to her husband, Clint Simpson Jr., for 26 years and they have 2 sons. Clint III attends Miles College on a football scholarship and he is about to finish his Freshman year. Her younger son, Cameron, is a Freshman at Hewitt- Trussville High School where he plays both football and baseball. Roslyn went to Jackson State University and cheers for JSU in sports but she says that most importantly, she is her boys’ biggest fan in everything they do!

Roslyn’s favorite thing about her job is getting to show up to a physical building and make a tangible difference that people can recognize. She has always really enjoyed cleaning but her favorite part about working for Kirkwood has been getting to know the residents. Roslyn says, “I love the stories they tell me. I get to hear pieces of history all day long and it reminds me that my story will be history one day.” She also mentioned how much she loves the people she works alongside, at Kirkwood and Southern Food Service. 

Last, I always like to ask our monthly spotlights, “If you could sit down for a meal with anyone in the world, living or from the past, who would it be?” Roslyn answered that she would like to have a meal with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and ask him about his faith in God and about the Civil Rights Movement. We are so very thankful to have Roslyn as a part of the Kirkwood family!

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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.

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

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

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

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

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

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

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents