Making our House a Home A transformational gift with an enduring impact
Several years ago the Inglis Community made the big leap to integrate a person-centered model of care; one that makes resident dignity, preferences and choices a priority. Dixie Wigton, former Inglis Board Chair and lifelong friend, was the first to invest philanthropically in this major shift in Inglis’ transition.
Dixie’s generous gift to Inglis helped make the first newly renovated neighborhood at Inglis House a reality. “This initiative was so very important to a person’s quality of life,” said Dixie. “I was pleased when Inglis adopted this person-centered approach and wanted to designate my gift to advance it. It is a wonderful way to make life even better for those living here now, as well as many others who will live here in the future.”
The renovations to the 3 South neighborhood included the installation of a kitchen and pantry for the dining solarium, which allows for in-neighborhood cooking and meal preparation. In the living areas, new furniture, flooring, molding and an attractive color scheme—all chosen with input from residents and staff—was added. The physical barrier of the nurses’ station was removed and converted to a more residential environment.
Dixie’s association with Inglis is a family tradition. She was introduced to the organization by her mother-in- law, an Inglis Board member, whose own mother was also on the Board. “I’ve seen how every succeeding generation makes this organization better,” says Dixie. “I am thrilled to see the wonderful work that is continuing here.” Dixie served on the Board for over 20 years and was President from 1970-76. During her tenure, board members exhibited remarkable vision by breaking ground on Inglis’ first affordable, accessible housing development, the Esther M. Klein Apartments, in 1973.
While her years on the Board are behind her, Dixie remains deeply connected to Inglis as a dedicated friend, donor and member of the Annie Inglis Society. “Inglis is ever-grateful to Dixie for her unwavering loyalty, support and friendship,” says Jim Logue, Chair of the Inglis Board of Directors. “Her engagement was critical to move forward with person-centered care, a key Inglis initiative, and will continue to shape our future for many years to come.”