Retire In Lufkin

Where Your Story Becomes

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Dr. Charles Kent has a mission: to help teens plan for their futures. The mentoring program he’s spearheaded grew out of conversations with high school students when he was their orthodontist. “I used to ask my teenage patients what they were going to do when they graduated from high school. Most didn’t have a clue. When I retired, I felt called to develop a program that could help guide them into career paths.”

Kent’s mentoring program starts with testing that identifies a student’s aptitudes. Clusters of students then meet with professionals – active and retired – in their fields of interest to find out about opportunities in the working world. The results are encouraging. Four years following implementation, 87% of seniors had a plan. In Kent’s words, “Those plans give the students a place to begin to achieve their dreams.” Another example of a retiree changing lives in their community.

Barbara Richert, Museum of East Texas

I love art and all its possibilities. When I take school children around the Museum, I’m not only filling up my ‘tank’ but also I’m getting to share what I know about the visual arts. What a joy!


Part of Our Story

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Plugging In

Teaching, serving, encouraging, building, listening and advocating—just a few ways to give back to a community. Chances are your life will be enriched by the experience of sharing your gifts and talents:

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Donna Smart, The Mosaic Center When I retired, I began teaching job readiness classes at The Mosaic Center (an affiliate of the Christian Women’s Job Corp). How rewarding it’s been to apply my work experience to help other women secure jobs.

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Mary Ann Mewbourn, Woodland Heights Medical Center volunteer Helping around the hospital allows me to use my gift of encouragement. If all I do is smile and listen to someone who is hurting or worried, I feel I have done what I was put here to do.

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Service Above Self

Many retirees embark on second careers when they leave the eight-to-five working world. Don Newland is one of those. The Air Force veteran finds himself rallying the troops as head of the Volunteer Auxiliary at Memorial Health System of East Texas. “From helping folks find their way around the hospital to comforting others in their most concerned moments, this is one of the most meaningful assignments I’ve ever had.”