Recognizing the Centennial of the Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park, Floridaby Representative Ted S. Yoho
Posted on 2013-03-14
YOHO asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. YOHO. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize a wonderful and unique
community in my district, the Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park,
Florida, which is now in its 100th year.
Scripture advises us that, to whom much has been given, much is returned. Thomas Dowling of Suwannee County, Florida, had this in mind a century ago when he set out to turn his thriving lumber business into a vision for the community. Mr. Dowling set aside some of his property that he was developing around Live Oak for the Advent Christian Church to use for ministry. Before long, a family of five orphaned siblings had come to live at Dowling Park. The Setzer children became the first residents of Advent Christian Church's Home and Orphanage, which also opened its doors to the elderly.
Today, Advent Christian Village is a leading-edge retirement community of more than 800 dynamic, welcoming members of America's Greatest Generation. While children no longer live at Advent Christian Village, they are an integral part of the ministry carried out by today's residents who, a century later, still take Thomas Dowling's vision to heart.
The story of the Advent Christian Village is one of Americans coming together, expressing generosity and kindness to one another and helping those in need. Dowling Park is one of the brightest spots in Suwannee County and the Third District, and I congratulate them on 100 years of ministry.