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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Since 1957, St. Martin’s in the Pines has served as a retirement community in the Birmingham-area. The facility is dedicated to meeting the physical, social and spiritual needs of every resident.

In this Spirit of Alabama report, Mike Royer introduces you to Claudio Reach, the Activities Director at St. Martin’s.

Reach has served in the role for the past eight years. She’s responsible for the day-to-day calendar updates, ensuring each resident has a fulfilling social life. Reach says she doesn’t think of her role as a job, but a ministry.

"They're so important. This generation is so important and I don't want to lose what they have when this generation’s gone,” said Reach. “Their knowledge, their devotion and the love they have for their families and their country.... I mean I have veterans here who did things we don't have to do anymore."

Reach’s hard work does not go unnoticed. Both residents and staff members sing her praises.

"She builds relationships with families too, and that's so important because they want to know that someone here is looking after the well-being of their Mom or their Dad, and she most certainly does that in many, many ways," explained Karen Glover, Administrator at St. Martin’s in the Pines.

"She can do a little bit of everything, and that's what she does. She keeps us busy all the time," added St. Martin’s resident Margaret Chambliss.

The relationship between Claudia Reach and the St. Martin’s community is similar to that of a close knit family. Reach helps improve some of the most important years in lives of local seniors, and that’s the Spirit of Alabama.



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