Wayne B. Smith Compassionate Care Fund

Wayne B. SmithWayne B. Smith was a GIVER.

Wayne was known in the community for his humor and influence, but he was especially known for his generosity to those in need.

You may know him best as the first Senior Minister at Southland Christian Church here in Lexington, Kentucky, but Sayre Christian Village remembers him for his work here to benefit the campus.

To honor him and his generosity to Sayre Christian Village over the years, we created the Wayne B. Smith Compassionate Care Fund.

People often say that if Wayne were still with us, this fund would be empty BECAUSE he was so generous and compassionate that he would have given everything out as soon as it was given...and also have a list of who the next funds would go to as soon as they were raised!

It is in that spirit that we ask you to give generously as there is always someone deserving in need of compassionate care.

Legacy On Campus

Wayne always said that one of the great privileges of his ministry was being a founding board member of Sayre Christian Village.

He was right there when it all began in December of 1972 and he always testified that Sayre was a blessing to so many over the years by providing independent living apartments, assisted living services, housing for those who need financial help, and a skilled nursing facility for older adults.

Wayne B. Smith was also formally honored when he was inducted into the inaugural class of Sayre’s Hall of Honored Servants.

Heartbreak and Hope

The Wayne B. Smith Compassionate Care Fund was established to help staff and residents when they are in crisis.

Kathleen was absolutely in crisis and her Sayre Christian Village family was able to support emotionally and spiritually, but also assist through the fund.

Through your generosity, we can help more that need a one-time hand up, not hand out.

Wayne never knew a stranger and would be proud of the the fund being used to 'love thy neighbor.'

Consider a gift to the Wayne B. Smith Fund and extend the legacy of a man that gave generously to all in need.

Wayne B. Smith 'Leading with Kindness' Awards

We are excited to announce the creation of the first ever Wayne B. Smith "Leading with Kindness" Awards!

The annual honor is bestowed upon outstanding individuals, groups, businesses, and organizations whose gifts of time, talent, or treasure throughout the previous year have benefited older adults throughout Kentucky.

Annual award winners exemplify Pastor Wayne's 'leading with kindness' first mentality.

2021 Wayne B. Smith Award Winners

  • Lynn Imaging/Monster Color
  • Southland Christian Church Groups: Searchers, In His Steps, Nurturing Believers in Christ
  • Volunteer Lisa Richardson
  • WKYT Anchor Sam Dick
  • Pearl's Memory Babies

Learn more about the 2021 Honorees and their impact on the lives of older adults across the Commonwealth!

2022 "Leading with Kindness" Nominations are open!

Do you know someone that has been Leading with Kindness?

Individuals, groups, companies, and organizations are all eligible if they are showing kindness and compassion to older adults in Kentucky.

Fill out the short form by September 20, 2022. Winners announced October 11, 2022.

grace and goodness

While 2020 has been tough on everyone, Michelle's family has been impacted incredibly harshly this year.

Going down to one income due to lost wages as a result of disease & potential amputation, balancing childcare for the grandson they care for, mounting medical bills, the stress of healthcare in a pandemic and the fear that she'd bring the virus home to her immunocompromised husband, Michelle's residents never saw her without a smile.

Because of generous donors, the Wayne B. Smith Compassionate Care Fund was able to relieve a bit of the hardship in her time of need so that she could continue to care for her family and her extended SCV family, the residents, that she adores.

Michelle has been a blessing to our campus and a bright light to our residents. The Wayne B. Smith Compassionate Care Fund benefits qualifying residents and staff in crisis and is supported by our own staff donations and through community support.