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SO EXCITING PEOPLE CAN’T WAIT... Envision yourself living where the idea of community is more than a distant memory... a place where you actually know your neighbors‌ where you support each other and interact positively while sharing a common interest, whether that interest is in the well-being of your neighborhood or the global community. Welcome to Sycamore Springs! Designed as small neighborhoods where people can have the privacy they want, but also engage in the meaningful relationships that they desire.

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Thanks to its culture, landscape and location, Lancaster County has become a haven for retired professionals, outdoor enthusiasts, and energetic adults of all ages who want a lifestyle full of social, cultural, recreational, educational and spiritual opportunities. In the midst of this idyllic setting, Garden Spot Village has distinguished itself by providing world-class hospitality and resort-style amenities. Our faith-based heritage and commitment to service are the foundations of a truly welcoming community. Imagine life at its best.


Homes from $82,900 to mid $400s, $1,183 - $2,406 per month all inclusive.*

* Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave, New Holland, PA, 17557. 717.355.6000. A non-profit, fee-for-service community. Monthly fee includes repairs and maintenance of residence and furnished appliances, electric, heat, air conditioning, water, sewer, property taxes, garbage and trash disposal, lawn care, snow removal, security, use of common facilities, social, educational, cultural, and recreational events. The following are available for a fee: telephone service, cable tv, high-speed internet, dining options, personal care, skilled nursing, memory support, adult day services, at home care services, housekeeping, laundry, and a hair and nail salon. Fees and services are subject to change. Minimum age requirement 62 for a single person or 62 and 55 for a couple.

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Sustainability to Serve the Mission In 2001, Jim Collins’ Good to Great hit the bookshelves and soon became a best seller. In 2005, Collins followed up with Good to Great and the Social Sectors for non-profits. The leadership team talked about the books in a study group, and we still reference the concepts today.

While I wouldn’t say that Garden Spot strives for greatness for its own sake, I would say that we strive to be the best we can possibly be, especially in terms of fulfilling our mission: To enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love. To that end, the strategic blueprint featured in the previous issue of Destination magazine comprises five strategic initiatives. This issue focuses on one of those: a sustainable business model designed to ensure both the longevity and financial health of Garden Spot Communities. When Maple Farm joined Garden Spot in 2009, we began to reference Garden Spot Communities. At that point, the phrase “A Garden Spot Community” became a part of both the Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm logos. On July 1, 2016, “Garden Spot Communities” became an official 501(c)3 not-forprofit corporation. It represents another step toward the creation of a long-term, sustainable business model. While the umbrella organization doesn’t change what people see or experience at each of the communities on a day-to-day basis, it sets the stage for us to do even greater things for our residents, the surrounding community and the 50-plus population around the world. Everybody gets jazzed in different ways. For us marketing types, elements like logos and design engage our creative energies. It goes without saying that when you have a new organization, you need a new logo. Hence, this issue introduces the new Garden Spot Communities logo featured on the cover. And while “a sustainable business model” at first might sound like a humdrum theme for an issue of a magazine, when you read about all the ways it sets the stage to unlock the future, we think you’ll agree that it’s pretty exciting. Our sustainable business model is the key to new innovations and new ways to serve. When we unlock the door to that future, we expect to open up new opportunities to further pursue our mission, relationships, innovation, personcenteredness and community. Turn the pages and imagine the great ways in which Garden Spot Communities might unlock new possibilities in your future. Enthusiastically,

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If you need short-term rehab you’ll be happy to know a new model of person-centered care has come to Maple Farm in Akron, PA. When a medical professional asks you about your short-term rehabilitation preference—tell them Maple Farm. 604 OAK STREET, AKRON, PA 17501 717.859.1191

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ONLY AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE­—a new aeroponic greenhouse provides year-round ultra-local, ultra-fresh, ultra-healthy produce that goes directly from harvest to the kitchen. It’s that fresh! Cutting-edge technology, made-to-order dining and innovative lifestyle services make Garden Spot Village a retirement option of choice for baby boomers interested in living a life filled with meaning, purpose, and possibility. Restaurants open to the public. Visit today!

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20 Securing a Vibrant Future While Serving the Mission


24 Innovation & Opportunity Take Flight


26 A Structure for Sustainable Growth


32 Amish Ingenuity Combined with Epcot Innovation 38 Sustaining Vitality: Rose Hagy Runs to Redefine Aging 42 Volunteers Keep Community Youth Connected 44 Sustaining Creativity and Camaraderie 46 Lessons Learned from Our Amish Neighbors 58 Get to Know the Neighborhood

Tom & Janice Ford Sycamore Springs

Rex & Carol Trent


Kelly Sweigart, Sales Associate


Loyd & Theresa Ziegler


Meet the "Wing Nuts"


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Tom & Janice Ford: “Sycamore Springs Next Summer” 12 D estination Fall/Winter 2016


alk about perfect timing! When spring comes, Tom and Janice Ford plan to put their Chester County home up for sale, when the property will show at its best. They will move to a brand new home in Sycamore Springs, a Garden Spot

Community, in the summer. Because they don’t have to wait for a currently occupied home to become available, they have more control over when things happen. “We have a koi pond with a waterfall and a lot of flowerbeds. We were on the Brandywine Pond Tour. We’re going to miss it, no doubt, but it’s a lot of work,” says Janice. “Could we stay here another five years? We probably could — but we don’t want to.” “This way, we can enjoy life without worrying about any of the daily incidentals,” says Tom. FANTASTIC FLOORPLANS

The Fords’ new home in Sycamore Springs will have two bedrooms and two baths with an open floorplan. “You can be in the kitchen and see into the living room, but at the same time, the dining area is separate from the breezeway,” Janice says. Tom likes the front porch and “not having the street and garage in front, but a nice lawn and sidewalks,” he says. “It’s designed for people to take a walk and talk with their neighbors.” Homes will be clustered in porch-centric groupings, facing common green spaces with walking paths, and staggered for privacy. Garage access will be in the rear, connected to the home via the breezeway. Charles, their black lab, and Gracie May, their yellow lab/beagle mix, will have to give up their fenced-in yard, but will gain walking paths through a neighborhood designed to encourage engagement. The Fords will have more time to take them for walks because Sycamore Springs is maintenance free, with the same high level of service that people have come to associate with Garden Spot Communities.


The Fords checked out every retirement community in Chester and Lancaster counties. “You keep coming back to Garden Spot Village,” Tom says. “Others have nice things, but in the end, they just don’t compare.” “I can’t explain it. People have to experience it for themselves. It comes from the staff and their attitude. I didn’t see one grumpy worker, and that’s important,” says Janice. “We’ve gone up a couple of times just to take a ride, trying to catch them off guard. Every time, the landscape is well maintained, the houses are well-maintained and the atmosphere is always the same.” Both are still working. Tom is director of financial aid at an automotive training center and Janice, a registered nurse, is a manager at a physician advisor company. “One of the main things that sold me, coming from my background as a nurse, was the skilled nursing household,” Janice says. She likes the open floor plan, homey atmosphere and the fact that it is part of a continuum of services available at Garden Spot. “You want the comfort of knowing that if you ever need that service, you are among people you feel at home with.” OPEN TO OPPORTUNITY

The Fords, who will be 70 when they move in, may retire when they move to Sycamore Springs or work part time. Either way, they look forward to meeting their neighbors and getting involved in the community. “At Garden Spot you can develop your social network. I found that out at the Look & Learn. You start conversations with people and there’s always some way to connect,” says Janice. “The people who live there are so full of life and energy.” Fall/Winter 2016





COTTAGE 527 Cottage: 1475 Sq. Ft. Sunroom: 226 Sq. Ft. Garage: 552 Sq. Ft. Porch: 151 Sq. Ft. 2759 Sq. Ft. Total

2 CAR GARAGE 22’-11” X 22’-11”

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KITCHEN 9’-2” X 12’-1”

5’-0” X 4’-2” w.h. closet closet

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LIVING ROOM 14’-4” X 16’-6”

FIRST FLOOR Square footage and dimensions are approximations and floorplans are not to scale.



BONUS ROOM 30’-3” X 18’-10”



COTTAGE 527 Cottage: 901 Sq. Ft.

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BEDROOM #2 11’-0” X 12’-0”

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SECOND FLOOR Square footage and dimensions are approximations and floorplans are not to scale.



Building a Sustainable Community Sustaining success takes foresight. For Garden Spot Communities, it means anticipating the changing needs and expectations of those it serves. Sycamore Springs is one of many steps in that direction. “It all circles back to our mission, which is to enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love, and to our desire to foster a sense of community and relationships among people,” Scott Miller, chief marketing officer, says of the new neighborhood, just to the west of the Garden Spot Village campus. “It is also a component of our strategic, long-term thinking and planning.” DESIGNED WITH INTENTION

Sycamore Springs will feature 27 detached two-bedroom, two-bath Craftsman-style homes curved around two common greens, with 11 houses facing one and 16 houses facing the other. Starting at 1,300 square feet, the homes will incorporate built-ins, gas stoves, open staircases, generous windows and other appealing design features. Some will offer a second floor with a third full bath. Still others will have three living floors, to accommodate a parent or adult child; three-floor homes will have elevators. Most have a two-car garage connected to the back of the home, and the main living area is in the front of the house just off the porch. Open floorplans are designed to make it easy to entertain and socialize. Spacious front porches, which can be upgraded with ceiling fans, overlook walking paths that add to the pedestrian-friendly Sycamore Springs lifestyle. The paths provide a way to socialize on the common greens and also offer access to such unique neighborhood features as the aeroponic greenhouse, the beehives and the tree nursery with an orchard.

“We want to offer amenities that enhance the resident experience and reflect their interests,” Miller says. The bees, for example, came by request. Dale Beiler, CFO, has long been a beekeeper. “People have asked Dale for years, ‘When are we going to get hives and start a bee club?’ ” Miller says. This summer, the resident request became a reality, with the community’s first hive to produce local honey. It will provide an opportunity for anyone who wants to be involved in beekeeping, and serve as a source of education and entertainment for anyone who is interested. COMMON INTERESTS, SHARED EXPERIENCES

It’s a short walk from the homes to the aeroponic greenhouse (see related story on page 32), where Garden Spot is growing vegetables and other produce without soil, using only nutrients and water. The homes at Sycamore Springs are also close to the tree nursery, which includes a variety of young fruit trees. “We have always grown our own trees,” Miller says. “Scott Weaver, our director of campus services, said, ‘We’re growing our own berries and vegetables in the greenhouse; let’s plant some fruit trees.’ ” Currently planted in rows, the trees could be moved as they mature and placed throughout the community. “Think about taking a walk along one of the pedestrian paths, reaching up and grabbing an apple right from the tree,” Miller says. “The way Sycamore Springs has come together is very pedestrian-centric,” he says. “We wanted to provide an environment where people connect, develop relationships and find other people with shared interests.” For those interested in growing, fresh local food and agricultural sustainability, it’s at their doorstep. And, there’s more to come. “We’ll develop other things over time,” says Miller. WON’T YOU BE OUR NEIGHBOR?

Future residents were quick to respond when Garden Spot announced Sycamore Springs, and many of the homes are already under contract. Although sitework was already underway, a ceremonial groundbreaking on July 7 stoked the excitement. Future residents took shovels in hand, as did representatives of the companies that are helping bring Sycamore Springs to life. Sycamore Springs has the same financial model as Garden Spot Village, with an entrance fee, and a variety of financial plans to choose from. People who make a commitment now will have the opportunity to make the kinds of choices they would with any new construction, including flooring, kitchen cabinets, hardware, countertops and more. Upgrades will be available for those who desire further customization. “It’s the best of all worlds,” Miller says. “We’re creating a community with a smalltown feel that’s missing from many of today’s suburbs, but incorporating designs and features created to sustain the community and its residents for many, many years to come.” Read More:

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Rex & Carol Trent: “Sycamore Springs for Snowbirds” Wintering in Florida is nice. It’s even nicer if all you have to do before you head south is lock the

door. That convenience is part of the reason why Rex and Carol Trent chose new construction at Sycamore Springs.

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“ The folks who live at Garden Spot seem more vibrant, more active,” says Carol.

"Now we have a two-story colonial. Before we go, we have to winterize it, shut off the water, make arrangements for snow removal and someone to pick up the leaves. It’s a lot of maintenance,” says Rex. He and Carol have split their time between Flourtown, Pennsylvania, and Sebring, in central Florida, since they both retired in 2014. They had been on the Radar Screen for a carriage home at Garden Spot Village for a year. When the Trents learned that Garden Spot was going to break ground on Sycamore Springs, across Kinzer Avenue from the main campus, they came right out to New Holland to see the layouts. The floor plan suited them and the timeline meant they could move in sooner rather than later. “We chose Sycamore Springs rather than continue to wait for a carriage home,” Rex says. “It’s also more of a private neighborhood — an intimate village setting.” A LOT TO LIKE

“I like the open floor plan, with the kitchen, living and dining area all right there,” says Carol, who also finds the walking paths that wind through the neighborhood appealing. “Some other places we looked at weren’t conducive to walking.” “We’re both partial to the idea that the driveways are in the back. You don’t have traffic in front of the Village. Both roads are cul de sacs, so you won’t have through traffic,” says Rex. “I found the large front porch very appealing. The front courtyard is nice. It has its own clubhouse, which makes it a little more intimate.” The Craftsman-style homes will feature built-ins, gas stoves, open staircases and generous windows. Standard appliances and other amenities will reflect the quality that people expect from Garden Spot Village. Upgrades will be available for those who want to customize their homes. ACTIVE AGING

The Trents are long-time visitors to Lancaster County who discovered Garden Spot Village by chance on a drive through New Holland. The community made a great impression. “As we got closer to retirement, we checked out different communities,” says Rex. “We didn’t have kids, so we thought we should go where we can age in place.” After they retired, they put their names on the Radar Screen. “As we’ve gotten older, we realize having a full range of care is nice,” he says. Friends from the Trent’s church have retired here, and Rex and Carol were impressed with the Christian atmosphere, and the wide-open, well-manicured campus with walking and bike paths. The pool and other resort-style amenities are another plus. They appreciate the community’s proximity to Philadelphia, so they can maintain relationships with family and friends, their church community and healthcare providers. And the energy feels right. “The folks who live at Garden Spot seem more vibrant, more active,” says Carol. WHY WAIT?

What Rex looks forward to most about living at Sycamore Springs is “the turnkey aspect,” he says. “I don’t have to worry about the yard, leaves or snow. Garden Spot Village takes care of all that, so it frees us up. If we want to take off and go somewhere, all we have to do is shut the door and go.” Life at Garden Spot Village offers so many possibilities. “At several events for future residents, we talked to a number of folks and always heard ‘sooner is better than later,’ ” Rex says. “They always wish they hadn’t waited so long. We agree wholeheartedly. Many people wait and miss out on so much.” Thanks to the availability of new construction at Sycamore Springs, Rex and Carol Trent don’t have to wait to start enjoying all that Garden Spot Village has to offer. Fall/Winter 2016





Kelly Sweigart

Helping You Find Your


JOB TITLE: Sales Associate DATE STARTED AT GSV: July 11, 2007

FAVORITE... MOVIE: The Princess Bride FOOD: Tacos BOOK: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez MUSIC GENRE: Alternative Rock QUOTE: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

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hough she may be a new face in sales, Kelly Sweigart has been a part of the fabric of Garden Spot Communities for nearly a decade.

“I started in the wellness department when I was 16,” says Sweigart, who became sales associate this past May. “I would walk to Garden Spot Village after school and close up the pool at night. Throughout college, I would work when I came home on summer break. After graduation I also got a job in the activities department, which was really fun – as I escorted residents, I got to go out to eat and see plays! Over time, I added on working at Resident Services on the weekend. For a while, I was actually working for three departments — wellness, life enrichment and marketing.” The weekend position at Resident Services became a full-time one, which eventually led to her current role.



Having a history at Garden Spot Communities has proven to be an asset, combining her familiarity with the surroundings and culture and the fulfillment she finds in getting to know new people. “I’m a people person,” she says, “and enjoyed getting to know residents at the front desk. With this new position, I have the chance to meet a whole new group of people and look forward to the day when people I’ve helped through the process move in and become residents.”

Born and raised in East Earl, Sweigart’s family has been in the area for quite some time and even owned a general store in what is now Blue Ball Square. “They had photos of when Route 23 was paved,” Sweigart recalls, “which was amazing to see.” After graduating from Garden Spot High School, she went on to study communications at Temple University, earning her bachelor’s degree in 2013. A self-described “local girl”, who enjoys swimming and practicing yoga, Sweigart currently lives in Akron. She has a love of both where she’s from and the world around her. As a passionate traveler, she has been – and wants to go to – many places listing England, and the state of Colorado as some of her favorite trips. “My heart will always be in London, and I love being at one with nature while hiking in Colorado.” Another country that left an imprint on her was the Dominican Republic, a place she visited on a mission trip this past February — a trip Garden Spot Village helped make possible by contributing to half of the paid time off Sweigart would need to use in order to go. Partnering with CURE International and getting to spend time with local children afflicted treatable conditions such as club foot was an experience that touched her deeply, and one that she is sure never to forget.


With the opening of Sycamore Springs, an opportunity arose for Sweigart to become a sales associate. “In this new position, I meet with prospective residents and answer any questions they may have, show them around the campus and to serve as a friendly face they can count on for advice and guidance as they look to start another adventure in a new place,” she says.

Contact Kelly Sweigart: or call 717-355-6201.

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Securing a Vibrant Future While Serving the Mission Think back to when you were 20. You probably were starting to shed the adolescent illusion of invincibility, realizing you needed to plan more seriously for the rest of your life. Although Garden Spot Village has always planned carefully, today, after 20 years of growth, the organization looks through a different lens to the years ahead. “We want to remain a strong, financially viable organization that is effective in meeting the needs of our residents, their families and our employees, while serving the larger community,” says Steve Lindsey, CEO. “We recognize that our future has an impact on the surrounding community. We want to remain relevant.” That’s why “a sustainable business model” is a key initiative in Garden Spot’s strategic blueprint for the future, making it a part of the organization’s DNA going forward. SELECT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH

Over the years, Garden Spot Communities has identified and acted on opportunities that aligned with its mission and allowed the organization to broaden its service. For example, its acquisition of Maple Farm brought the innovative household model of skilled care to Akron. Another example is the unique partnership between Garden Spot Communities and Ephrata Community Health (now WellSpan), which led to the development of the Center for 20 D estination Fall/Winter 2016

Health on the Garden Spot Village campus. Garden Spot Communities owns the building and the hospital leases it. The project is a win-win for both partners — and the community. “We were looking at opportunities to expand healthcare services on campus, and that aligned with the hospital’s initiative to take ambulatory care services out into the community,” Lindsey says of the strategic relationship. Today, Garden Spot Communities is working with local churches, business leaders, ELANCO Social Services Network

and others to develop a low-cost cooperative living house for lower-income older adults. “We are always looking for opportunities to meet needs in our community and in other communities,” says Lindsey. “As we go forward, part of what we’ll look at is doing a needs analysis in the larger community and then asking, ‘Instead of us reinventing the wheel, can we partner with other organizations to accomplish what needs to be done?’ ” INNOVATIVE REVENUE STREAMS

Most of Garden Spot’s current revenues come from residents' admission and monthly fees; investments contribute a small percentage of the total. New revenue streams could come from a variety of areas, and a new corporate structure provides the flexibility to take advantage of many different types of opportunities. “At the core of who we are is our mission. How do we fund it?” says Lindsey. For example, the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center's relationship helped underwrite the cost of providing benevolent care, particularly before Medicaid reimbursement. Those costs continue to grow. Moving forward, the organization will explore ways to share its experience and expertise. “A consultancy is one way to produce revenue to support the mission. It can be good for us and good for our field.” Opportunities might include other service-line extensions, similar to Garden Spot Village At Home and Adult Day Services. In addition, Garden Spot is participating in the Covenant Health Alliance of Pennsylvania (CHAPA), a new collaborative partnership designed to help develop a post-acute care network in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Garden Spot Communities and other members of the Anabaptist Providers Group, along with Covenant Health Alliance, formed CHAPA in order to be more successful in a healthcare environment that is based on value and outcomes. “As we look at changes in healthcare, we’re teaming with other organizations to provide a network of services on campus and in the larger community as well. We anticipate offering additional lines of services cooperatively through those organizations,” Lindsey says. “We are showing that we, as a larger organization, are providing a superior quality of services and better outcomes, so we can negotiate competitive pricing from paying organizations and pool our resources to develop stronger clinical systems. CHAPA also has a purchasing network for products and services, so we share in the benefits of that.” PRUDENT STEWARDSHIP OF RESOURCES

Stewardship is a core value. Garden Spot Communities has always emphasized prudent use of resources — financial and other. The new corporate structure is designed to further protect financial assets. Other initiatives help manage operational costs. For example, the organization has locked in its electric rates through a competitive “reverse-auction”

process in which providers bid for business. “We’ve locked in pricing through May 2020 at fairly low costs — lower than five years ago,” says Dale Beiler, CFO. Pricing is determined by the highest usage days — and residents play a big part by turning off unnecessary lights and keeping western curtains drawn on hot days. “Our residents’ conservation efforts on high-heat days allow us to keep capacity costs lower and make us attractive to energy companies.” The new aeroponic greenhouse is helping reduce food costs. “A case of lettuce is $76 to buy in winter months,” says Lindsey. “We can grow it for $20.” The greenhouse also makes it possible to have fresh, locally grown produce out of season, as well as fresh produce that isn’t grown in the area, such as bok choy for the wok station at The Harvest Table." In addition to cost savings, the greenhouse produces other benefits. “The concept of farm-to-table and high-quality foods is part of the culture of who we are,” Beiler says. In addition, the operation provides employment for local individuals with vocational challenges. Employee wellness programs are designed to help reduce healthcare insurance costs, but are part of a bigger picture. “The things we do extend beyond cost savings and financial impact. Even more important is the fact that we help people lead fuller lives and be healthy for their families outside of Garden Spot Village,” Beiler says. Ultimately, that benefits residents, too. “It affects the number of call-out days and the energy we have to provide care. Wellness is huge from that perspective. It goes much beyond the financial end.” A CYCLE OF SUSTAINABILITY

Thanks to recent upgrades to the campus’ wireless technology, Garden Spot Village has been able to pass on more savings. Residents can now enjoy high-speed internet at no additional cost for the value-added service. In fact, Lindsey says, “over time people who moved to Garden Spot Village have done a comparative analysis and found that it is actually less expensive to live at Garden Spot Communities, when you consider what it costs to keep a house in repair, do preventive maintenance, lawn care, etc., not to mention the cost of food and gas to get everywhere.” At Garden Spot Communities, resident fees pay for staff wages and benefits, utilities, supplies, repairs and maintenance, food and any other operational expenses, as well as amenities like the swimming pool and fitness center, free and low-cost entertainment and educational programs and more. As Garden Spot Communities grows, with the addition of Sycamore Springs, those costs will be spread out over a broader base. Those economies of scale make it possible to manage costs more effectively, and to provide more service and more opportunities at a lower cost for everyone, so Garden Spot Communities will remain an attractive, affordable place to live and thrive.

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Lloyd & Theresa Ziegler: “We were meant to be here”


hen a carriage house at Garden Spot Village became available, Lloyd and Theresa Ziegler sold their home in Limerick in two days, moved to Wintergreen Way in April, quickly feeling at home. In June, they

participated in the community’s annual Yard/Book/Craft Sale, which cleared some space in the garage.

“Everybody has just been super. Neighbors brought us welcoming gifts and food. They had a wonderful get-together shortly after we moved in. And we went to a picnic on Memorial Day,” says Lloyd. “We’re meeting so many people. It’s so laid back here. Everybody says ‘hi’ to you.”

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Theresa grew up on a dairy farm north of Coatesville, helping with fieldwork and showing cows in 4-H. Lloyd grew up in Trappe and, although his father was the only one of his siblings who didn’t go into farming, Lloyd did. The couple met when Lloyd and his partner brought cattle from their farm in Oley Valley to the Allentown Fair. “I had a good bunch of senior yearlings and not enough people to show them,” he says. “Terry was there with 4-H. She volunteered — or got volunteered. My partner’s daughter fixed us up, and the rest is history.” Later, they had farms in South New Berlin, New York. At the time, the tax laws made investing in cattle very attractive. Lloyd managed cattle for people who never saw them. They had cows owned by athletes and entertainers, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In his last years before retirement, Lloyd ran a farm for Montgomery County — the last county-owned farm in Pennsylvania. They raised beef cattle and hogs. Then he did grounds-keeping at a geriatric facility. “Now I don’t have to worry about fixing property or fixing wiring. I did wiring, plumbing, drywall and carpentry work, and I don’t miss it,” he says. “Now if something breaks, you call Facility Services and they fix it.” GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE: AN EASY DECISION

The Zieglers' background in farming made Lancaster County a natural choice. They knew Garden Spot Village because Theresa’s sister, Peggy Lang, has lived here for 16 years. “We love the continuing care aspect of it,” says Theresa. “Whatever you need is right here.” They didn’t look anywhere else.

“ Don’t wait until you’re my age. You’re going to miss too much. Get here as quick as you can.”

“My wife wanted to come here before I did. I figured I wasn’t ready,” says Lloyd. On a visit to the annual Train Room Open House, he got talking to someone from the Woodshop. “He said, ‘Don’t wait until you’re my age. You’re going to miss too much. Get here as quick as you can.’ None of us knows what the future holds. Once I got my head around some things, it was a no-brainer.” They appreciate the resort-like amenities, great on-campus restaurants and local smorgasbords. New Holland also puts them within easy driving distance of Maryland, where their son is involved in the theater. Lloyd has joined the Train Club and they are both exploring the community’s many other possibilities. The longer they live here, the more shared connections they find among their new neighbors. The Zieglers also feel confident in the community’s sustainability. “My sister’s been here 16 years and I’ve watched it grow,” Theresa says. “I’ve never heard a bad thing from anyone. The people who are running the place are very knowledgeable and communicate with the residents. They’re just so in tune.” “They’re keeping up with technology, like changing the wiring for the internet,” Lloyd says. “That shows me that from the top on down, it’s run very well.”

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Innovation and Opportunity Take Flight The only scene more peaceful and serene than the Garden Spot Village campus and the surrounding farm fields is the view from aloft. On July 8, six people from Garden Spot Village enjoyed that view on the first flight of the new Garden Spot Village hot air balloon. “We were up in the air like a bird,” says June McKie, one of the passengers on the inaugural flight, all of whom submitted short essays explaining what the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon would mean to them. McKie wrote about the thrill of “barnstorming” as a little girl in the 1930s and about a school essay in which she wrote that the animal she would most like to be if she weren’t 24 D estination Fall/Winter 2016

human was a bird. She wrote about flying into Berlin in the 1950s and living with her husband, Roy, in rural Hunterdon County, New Jersey, where “it was thick with all kinds of air balloons. It was thrilling as they passed over our back yard…. It was very expensive to take a ride in one and I never did, but always longed to do that,” she wrote. “The ‘feathered bird’ in me still longs to do that.”

Howard Wooler’s daughter wrote an essay on his behalf, citing his love of the beauty of the landscape and his passion for topography. “As we drove through Lancaster County to a family reunion,” Barb Wooler wrote, “Dad said, ‘One great thing about a balloon ride would be that you’d be able to see the whole road, not hidden by the curves in the road and the trees.’ ” He and the other passengers saw spectacular views, and he certainly enjoyed the ride. “He was perfectly giddy,” his daughter says. “He laughed when he talked about both winning and the thought of going on the ride.” THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

In shades of green and sunset gold, the new balloon depicts a typical Lancaster County farmland scene, with a siloed barn, a buggy and grazing livestock in silhouette. It also sports the Garden Spot Village rose. “It puts a smile on everyone’s face who sees it,” says Stan Hess, a veteran balloon pilot and president of The United States Hot Air Balloon Team, which owns and operates the balloon. The new balloon replaces the original Garden Spot Village balloon, launched in May 2010, which brought the community great visibility and offered residents, staff, family, friends and the general public the opportunity to take off from campus or other locations and soar over a scenic patchwork of cultivated fields and verdant pastures. It has been popular. “Dozens of people here have taken rides,” says Scott Miller, chief marketing officer. An hour-long flight will cover six to 12 miles, depending upon wind speed, at heights of about 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Lancaster County is an ideal spot for hot air ballooning, with little restricted airspace and an abundance of open ground for landings. In addition, tethered rides are available at many campus events.

The customized balloon is a unique and cost-effective way to raise the visibility of the Garden Spot brand. At 70 feet high and 67 feet wide, the balloon grabs attention as it floats quietly above the landscape. “People retire from their jobs but not from life,” says Miller. "The hot air balloon is a great representation of the vitality and sense of adventure alive among those at Garden Spot Village. When people see it floating by in places like West Chester they know that Garden Spot Village isn't your typical retirement community." UP, UP AND AWAY

The balloon itself, called the envelope, is made from 1,280 yards of heavy denier ripstop nylon and roughly six miles of thread. All of the artwork is overlaid on the background and sewn on the balloon. The finished envelope weighs 323 pounds and has a capacity of 140,000 cubic feet of air, which is heated to create lift. A typical hour-long flight will burn 30 to 40 gallons of propane. The basket, or gondola, is made of wood and wicker. It can carry up to six passengers, plus the pilot, who is licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration. “I thought the whole thing was very interesting, especially how the balloon was maneuvered. You’re definitely at the mercy of the slightest breeze. It’s not like being in a car where you put your foot on the gas or the brake. I was fascinated with the man who was responsible for flying the balloon,” McKie says of Hess. “You really have to know what you’re doing.” The need for skill became particularly apparent when it came time to land. “There was farmland all around, but they didn’t want to spoil a farmer’s corn or soybean crop by landing a balloon in it,” she says. The balloon just brushed the feathery tops of some stalks, and Hess put the balloon down next to a cornfield. “Finally, at this stage of my life, it was nice to get a balloon ride,” says McKie. “My three brothers and I love Garden Spot and all the great ways residents have to connect with people. There’s almost always something fun or interesting going on,” says Barb Wooler. Her parents moved to the community in 2007. “We love that our father and, for four years, our mother settled into Garden Spot and got to enjoy this community during their retirement years.” The new Garden Spot Village balloon is not just a work of art and an advertising medium. It represents the community’s uplifting spirit and the opportunity to experience the adventure of a lifetime. READ MORE:

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A Structure for Sustainable Growth Almost overnight, Word Processors made typewriters obslete. Word Processors lasted only a short time before personal computers replaced them. The world is changing at what seems like an accelerating pace, which demands new ways of thinking and new approaches. To that end, the establishment of a new corporate structure offers the flexibility and agility necessary to thrive and serve in the face of change. Introduced on July 1, 2016, Garden Spot Communities best positions Garden Spot Village and its other subsidiaries to adapt in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

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“We recognize that as an organization we need to be intentional,” says Steve Lindsey, CEO. “The new structure provides more opportunities for growth, protection for assets and a more efficient means to serve and support each of the entities in the organization.” Destination talked with some of the partners who contributed their expertise to the process of shaping a structure for sustainability. Here are some of their insights. “ALWAYS FURTHERING THE MISSION” Lois Dostalik, CEO & Chief Strategist, E4 Strategic Consultancy

Not only are times changing, but they are changing fast. “The world is changing at a faster pace than at any other time in the history of business,” says Lois Dostalik, who worked with Garden Spot Communities on developing its strategic blueprint. “The reality is that long-term healthcare has been evolving over the past 20 years. The evolution has stepped up significantly in pace and in the amount of change in the last decade.” One of the areas that has changed for non-profits is federal and state funding. “Fifteen years ago, getting funding wasn’t one-hundredth as challenging as it is today. Non-profits have to ask themselves, ‘What new revenue streams can we create?’ ” she says. “It’s more like a private sector mentality. It’s a huge shift. The private sector is good at knowing how to put structures together, with foundations and subsidiaries that they can use to allow the organization to grow, be flexible and take advantage of financial opportunities. The not-for-profit world is just starting to do that, in order to be able to deal in the most creative, innovative way on behalf of the organization.”

“ The world is changing at a faster pace than at any other time in the history of business...”

Garden Spot Village laid a solid foundation when it developed its strategic plan and made “sustainable business model” one of its five key initiatives. Restructuring to carry it forward makes sense, although not every organization takes that important step. Dostalik likens those who try implementing a forward-thinking strategic plan with a decades-old business model to “overlaying a sleek, red Porsche — it’s all about speed and going places — on a Dodge Dart chassis,” she says. “The value of Garden Spot Village including in its strategic plan the need to develop and implement a sustainable business model is that it will ensure that Garden Spot maintains its position as one of the most inventive, customer-centric organizations, that it continues to be extraordinarily financially viable and that it continues to position itself to be successful tomorrow, which is much harder than being successful today,” says Dostalik. “And that it does all of this while always furthering its mission.”

“GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE HAS BECOME POSTER-WORTHY” Rick Stiffney, President/CEO, Mennonite Health Services (MHS)

“We’ve been related since they started turning the soil,” says Rick Stiffney of the relationship between Garden Spot Village and MHS, a national network of Anabaptist-affiliated health and human services organizations. Garden Spot’s recent restructuring makes sense in light of several trends affecting nonprofit senior services providers. These trends include “diversification of service lines. Resilient organizations are developing multiple service lines so they can respond to fast-changing market conditions,” Stiffney says. “Garden Spot Village is at the forefront of inventing new service line modes. That’s a really good strategy for creating corporate adaptability,” especially with the uncertainty around the future of healthcare structure and delivery. “Garden Spot Village is developing a capacity to do a variety of very important things for older adults that don’t depend on a licensed healthcare capacity.” Another trend is developing partnerships and working collaboratively with other organizations. At Garden Spot Village, “that development of strategic partnerships has been very strong,” Stiffney says, referring to the lease arrangement with the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, the cooperative housing project and the organization’s involvement in CHAPA. Third is the distribution of power and authority across the senior leadership team, which creates a sense of empowerment. The ability to sustain the organization extends beyond any one individual. “It’s wise servant leadership to build leadership capacity,” Stiffney says. In addition to following those industry best practices, the organization has something unique — what Stiffney calls “a kind of cultural attentiveness — a sense that faith is really important, that being connected globally is really Fall/Winter 2016



important, that being innovative is really important. Garden Spot Village has become poster-worthy in that regard,” he says. “We’re facing huge demographic and generational changes. It’s not clear to me that the next generation of those 65 or better is going to want to do retirement the way retirement communities were invented 40 years ago,” says Stiffney. “Garden Spot Village is demonstrating that it’s all about purpose in life, about intergenerational interaction, global connections — and all that is very interesting.” “ABILITY TO THRIVE IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING INDUSTRY” Steve Jeffrey, Managing Director, Ziegler

Garden Spot Village is always intentional. Only after exploring many alternatives with its legal and financial advisors did the organization choose a new model. “The structure they adopted is one we highly recommended,” says Steve Jeffrey, who advises the Garden Spot management team as part of the senior living team at Ziegler, a private investment-banking firm that works with many non-profits. The new structure “allows them to have the flexibility to grow if they desire, easily and without a lot of costs.” Jeffrey, who has served not-for-profit senior living providers for more than 25 years, has seen many changes during his career. He shares a list of nearly a dozen factors that challenge such organizations today, including healthcare consolidation, changes under the Affordable Care Act, changes in state reimbursement levels, reinvestment requirements, the need to attract talent, the need to keep the campus fresh and attractive, the need to meet technology demands, the desire to expand the ministry off campus, and increasing competition in the industry. “If you go back 10 or 15 years ago, about three quarters of those challenges weren’t there,” Jeffrey says. Today, the desire to grow isn’t for the sake of growth, but as a way to address the increasing complexity. Jeffrey thinks Garden Spot Communities is well positioned to do that. “They have an excellent model of services and how to approach the marketplace. The campus is absolutely gorgeous, and they’ve done all things you would want in terms of repositioning,” such as introducing new restaurants like The Harvest Table. “The fact that the management team is proactive and understands the changing industry is critical, as well. Garden Spot Village never steps back and rests on its past,” he says. Their position within the larger industry is also strong. “They’re very well-respected. People think highly of what they’ve done.” Jeffrey says that the people who live at Garden Spot Village won’t see a change in their day-to-day life as a result of the new corporate structure. “It’s almost a non-event,” he says. “What they will see as Garden Spot Communities moves forward is that the organization will have a lot more flexibility to expand what it can offer on campus. And just to be a part of an organization that is wellpositioned for opportunity is a good thing for residents. It adds to long-term stability.” The bottom line is that the establishment of Garden Spot Communities is “a good approach to balancing the growth you need to have in this environment with maintaining a stable operation,” Jeffrey says. In short, Garden Spot Communities will be positioned to serve more people — and that’s good for everyone. Read More: | |

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The New Structure in a Nutshell Until now Garden Spot Village At Home, Maple Farm and other entities all were subsidiaries of Garden Spot Village. Under the corporate restructuring, all of the Garden Spot entities, including Garden Spot Village, are sister subsidiaries of the parent company, Garden Spot Communities, a not-for-profit corporation. New entities — both for-profit and not-for-profit — will also be subsidiaries under the parent. Under the new structure, the organization can respond quickly in an environment of industry consolidation by acquiring or establishing other entities. It can now develop for-profit business lines without affecting its notfor-profit status. It also better protects each entity’s assets. “The Garden Spot Village board of directors becomes the Garden Spot Communities board and provides direction and strategy for all Garden Spot entities as it has in the past,” says Dale Beiler, CFO. This strategic board will appoint small operational boards for each of the subsidiaries. The administration, finance, human resources, marketing and IT teams are now part of the parent corporation, but will continue to provide services to each of the subsidiaries. Budgets remain the same. “From an operational perspective, nothing has changed,” says Beiler.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 | 7:00am — 3:30pm SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 7am – 3:30pm Shuttle service available

7am – 9am All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in The Harvest Table restaurant

7am – 10am (weather permitting) Free tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides on the new Garden Spot Village Hot Air Balloon (Parking lot #1)

8am (some close at 2pm) Country Store Opens Silent Auction Bidding Begins Farmer’s Market Share-a-Meal tickets sold Craft tables Book Sale Second Round Sports Equipment Refresh Store Share & Care Thrift Shop Art Show Coffee and donuts for sale

8:30am Soft pretzels, cider, and other beverages for sale

9am – 2pm Food Court opens

10am – 1pm Children’s activities

10am – 2pm Chicken barbecue

11am – 2pm Live music for enjoyment & relaxation

12:15pm Prize winning apple pies auctioned and other apple pies for sale

1:30pm -3:30pm Train room opens

FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit to get all of the details about this year’s festival. 433 South Kinzer Avenue New Holland, PA 17557 717.355.6000

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Garden Spot Village is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization—contributions to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. The official registration and financial information of destination Garden Spot Village may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.



Meet the “Wing Nuts” Radio-controlled Flyers Pull into Garden Spot Village on a summer evening, just past the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, and you’re likely to spot a group of radio-controlled (RC) airplane enthusiasts enjoying each other’s company and indulging their passion for flight on the community’s carefully maintained grass airstrip.

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“We’re known locally as the ‘Wing Nuts,’ ” says Chuck Nemec, who has been a part of the informal group since they started flying RC planes together at Garden Spot several years ago. In 2008, the group asked Scott Weaver, director of campus services, if it would be OK to fly their planes on a flat grassy area near the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center. “He said ‘no problem’ and asked if we would like him to put in an airstrip for us,” says Nemec. Weaver set up a 300-foot-by-60-foot airstrip for the group, outlined by traffic cones, and keeps the grass cut low. He also put in a patio area with a picnic table. The group flies replicas of Piper Cubs and other model aircraft there. “We fly almost anything that’s out there in our scale,” Nemec says. “Our field is good for smaller planes with up to 2-foot wingspans.”



If the weather isn’t cooperating, you’ll find group members in the Garden Spot Village theater, soaring with a flight simulator. They use the same controls that they use to fly real RC planes, but a computer system projects the image onto the big screen.

The club dates back more than a decade. Nemec has always been interestd in flying. When he and his wife, Carolyn, moved to Garden Spot Village, he met Ken Snyder, another resident who belonged to the Cocalico Prop Busters RC Club. Snyder took Nemec under his wing and showed him how to fly. On Monday mornings, the Wing Nuts join other members of the Cocalico Prop Busters for breakfast at an area restaurant. They share a love of airplanes and aviation history.

“Most of the time, we use the simulator to fly as if we were standing on a runway. You can make the plane take off, fly circles around you and land on the runway. But we can use other modes, too. You can be inside the airplane or up above it. We can go to 27 different airfields, and we have a choice of 116 different airplanes. We can also add wind, clouds and rain,” Nemec says. “We can fly an amphibious plane and land on the water.” The simulator is a great way to teach newcomers how to pilot the planes, and group members have often used it to demonstrate RC flight to children and their families at the annual Garden Spot Village Fall Festival. The simulator also makes it possible for anyone to enjoy flying an RC plane, even if his or her sight isn’t as sharp as it once was. Club members usually bring their simulator to the theater on the first Tuesday of every month, from 7p.m. to 9 p.m., and they welcome anyone who is interested to join them. “We invite anyone from the community to fly with us, and sometimes we get people who live nearby,” Nemec says.

Sometimes the Wing Nuts take a road trip and fly their airplanes in a 600-acre field that the Cocalico group rents from a farmer. When the group is back home, the planes use a special frequency so as not to disturb diagnostic equipment at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center. The miniature Cessnas, Pipers, Tellmasters and other aircraft fly at speeds around 40–50 miles per hour and can reach altitudes of nearly 2,000 feet. It takes skill, concentration and dedication. “It’s not relaxing like fishing. You have to watch for other people flying and a sense of the wind shifting. Planes do things you don’t expect them to do. They’ll go out of sight if you’re not careful,” Nemec says. “It’s exciting.” The club welcomes new members. Anyone who is interested in experiencing the joy of flight will find the opportunity at Garden Spot Village. Fall/Winter 2016



Amish Ingenuity Combined with Epcot Innovation Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves. When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” — John 6:11–15 Ever since Jesus fed the multitudes on the far shore of the Sea of Galilee, food and ministry have been closely intertwined. Garden Spot Communities’ new aeroponic greenhouse grows out of that tradition. It provides a way to reap God’s bounty and to open hearts and minds as well. It also embodies many facets of sustainability — including economic, agricultural and spiritual. “It’s a very sustainable system,” says Sam Stoltzfus, co-founder of Aero Development Corp., which patented the technology used in the Garden Spot Village greenhouse. The unique, highly efficient system produces crops on vertical columns, without soil, using only air, sun and mineral water. “We can grow more plants with less energy than traditional greenhouses.”

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In the greenhouse, plants grow in circular pods, each with eight 10-foot-tall columns. From 600 to 1,200 plants grow in an area six feet in diameter — the size of an individual pod. This makes it possible to produce a high volume of food in a limited space. The system eliminates the use of fossil fuels for production or transportation, so it’s very economical to operate, and the produce can be grown without pesticides. The system circulates water and nutrients for six minutes every half hour during the daytime, and uses very little water. “We use approximately 90 percent less water than is used in soil growing. It’s a closed system, so we’re not dealing with a lot of evaporation,” says Frank Fendler, co-founder of Aero Development, based in nearby Gap. Using a cistern to collect rainwater can conserve water, and the company is looking at solar panels that feed into a generator to reduce energy requirements. FEEDING THE SPIRIT

The ability to grow food regardless of season, with a small footprint and low energy and water needs, makes the Aero Development Corp. aeroponic growing system attractive even in the garden spot of Lancaster County. Imagine the benefits it could bring to other areas where the growing conditions aren’t as favorable. The people at Garden Spot Village and Aero Development have already considered the possibilities. “Where we’re really connected, at the core, is business as mission,” says Stoltzfus, a farmer’s son who followed in his grandfather’s footsteps to the plumbing business. He started working with aeroponics in 2010. About a year later, he connected with Steve Lindsey, Garden Spot’s CEO, who was also interested in this innovative growing technology. It offered the possibility of fresh lettuce in January — and much more. “There is a lot of interest in doing aeroponic missions,” says Carol Neumann, one of the residents on the greenhouse committee. “We can learn to do this, then when the time comes, we can set up mission trips and teach somebody else how to do it.” Aero Development has always seen aeroponics as part of a larger calling. To that end, they are connected with Times Square Church’s Feed New York and recently trailered their demonstration mini greenhouse to Rally in the Valley, an event that supports wounded veterans. “We felt the environment, technology and business opportunity all represent a chance to touch people — not just to offer a job, but to speak into their lives and present the Gospel,” says Fendler, who spent two decades doing business development and ministry with various nonprofit organizations around the world. “To put business in the hands of an entrepreneur who views it as a platform for ministry is a powerful way to move forward for the purposes of the Kingdom and the Gospel,” he says. SOOTHING THE SOUL

For now, the benefits are closer to home. Garden Spot Village is partnering with Lighthouse Vocational Services to provide greenhouse jobs for individuals with developmental challenges. The greenhouse also provides an opportunity for meaningful volunteer work for Garden Spot residents who don’t want to work the soil in an outdoor garden, but enjoy planting and watching things grow.

The father of a child with Down Syndrome, Fendler says, “We stumbled on the fact that horticulture is a great teaching tool and therapeutic environment.” Aero Development installed an aeroponic system in the greenhouse at a local special needs school serving children with learning differences. “Teachers say the kids can be off the wall in the classroom, but once they enter the greenhouse, they settle down and focus,” he says. “Parents say they know what day the kids have been at the greenhouse because there’s a difference in their demeanor when they come home.” TANTALIZING THE TASTE BUDS

Located on the west campus, near the new Sycamore Springs neighborhood, the greenhouse will supply fresh vegetables to complement the produce from local farms that the kitchens at Garden Spot Village uses in the summer. That makes it possible to serve fresh, hyper-local food all year round at The Harvest Table and the other restaurants on campus. It saves money, too. For example, Garden Spot can grow lettuce in the aeroponic greenhouse for a fraction of what it costs to ship in lettuce from warmer climates in the winter. It also reduces losses from spoilage. The savings are so great that the greenhouse committee estimates that the greenhouse could pay for itself in less than four years. What’s more, you can’t put a price on quality. A greenhouse for vegetables is a natural next step in a community that has always grown its own landscaping plants and trees. Now residents will be able to enjoy the great flavor, crisp texture and nutrition of fresh-picked vegetables and fruits like lettuce, spinach, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, eggplant, squash, strawberries and more, even in the middle of winter. That’s a dining experience you can’t get just anywhere — but you can enjoy it at Garden Spot Village. READ MORE:

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Savor a spicy plate of bulgogi beef & grilled garden vegetables!

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Bulgogi Beef Skewers with Jasmine Rice SERVES TWO

The Harvest Table restaurant at Garden Spot Village delights palates with an exceptional variety of fresh locally harvested foods, favorite regional recipes and enticing flavors from around the world. This Korean-inspired dish combines the spiciness of marinated beef with crisp and colorful garden vegetables and fragrant jasmine rice for a dish that is delicious, nutritious and just a little bit adventurous! For the beef skewers

2 oz. plus 1-1/3 Tbsp. bulgogi sauce (see below)

5 oz. flank steak, trimmed and cut into 1in.-by-2in. strips 4 oz. fresh button mushrooms, halved 1/2 of a large orange pepper, cut into 1in.-by-1in. pieces 1/2 of a large yellow pepper, cut into 1in.-by-1in. pieces 1/2 of a large red pepper, cut into 1in.-by-1in. pieces

1/2 of a medium red onion, cut into 1in.-by-2in. pieces

Soak bamboo skewers in cold water for at least 1 hour before using. Whisk together bulgogi sauce

ingredients. Pour 2 oz. of bulgogi

sauce over beef strips and marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Drain and discard excess marinade.

Steam the rice for 18 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Thread each skewer in the

following order: 1 mushroom half, 2 slices orange pepper, 1 beef strip, 2

For the bulgogi sauce

slices yellow pepper, 2 slices onion,

2 Tbsp. teriyaki sauce

1 beef strip, 2 slices red pepper, 2

2 Tbsp. Sweet Baby Ray’s® original barbecue sauce

Place threaded skewers on a grill or

2 tsp. Tabasco® Chipotle pepper sauce

2 Tbsp. Tabasco® Sweet & Spicy pepper sauce For the rice

1 c. jasmine rice 5 oz. water

Michael Pezzillo: executive chef, Garden Spot Village

slices onions and 1 mushroom half. under a broiler for 2 mins. Turn and grill or broil for another 1–2 minutes or until meat reaches 145 degrees F. Remove from heat and baste each skewer with 1 tsp. bulgogi sauce. Serve skewers over rice. Recipe courtesy of Sodexo.

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Charitable Gift Annuity Is a Winning Choice WHEN AN AGREEMENT WORKS OUT FOR BOTH PARTIES, IT’S CALLED A “WIN-WIN.” A PLANNED GIFT KNOWN AS A CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY MAY BE EVEN BETTER. “You get a tax break on the initial contribution the year you do it. You get a return that’s higher than what you usually get, plus part of the income from the annuity is tax free,” says Bill Hunter, whose two aunts live at Garden Spot Village. While he was on the Radar Screen, waiting for a home at Garden Spot Village, Hunter worked with Linda Dodge, director of development, to set up a charitable gift annuity. He adds, “It’s a win –win –win for me, plus Garden Spot Village eventually gets the gift.”

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“ Some people choose to set up several Charitable Gift Annuities over a period of years in order to take advantage of higher rates as they get older.” FIXED RATES OF RETURN

The American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA) determines the rates for charitable gift annuities. Below are just a few examples of suggested single-life CGA rates: Age 70 – 5.1% Age 75 – 5.8% Age 80 – 6.8% Bill Hunter enjoys his vegetable plot in Petra Church's Seeds for Hope garden in New Holland.


A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is an irrevocable gift to Garden Spot Village that provides lifetime income for the donor. The rate of return is fixed for life and, in recent years, has provided a return much higher than many investments. Donors who establish a CGA get an initial tax benefit for the year when the annuity is set up, and a significant portion of the lifetime income payments are tax exempt. When the donor passes, the charity receives the remainder of the funds in the annuity. A retired software analyst with a background in accounting, Hunter thinks it’s a very good investment — and an opportunity to leave a legacy. “I have no heirs, so I may as well start giving away what I have now. I can see the good that’s coming out of it,” he says of the CGA. “I can get as good a return, if not better, than anywhere else. I can help my financial situation and help other people, too.”

Age 85 – 7.8% The minimum amount to establish a charitable gift annuity at Garden Spot Village is $10,000, but a CGA may be established at much higher dollar amounts. “Some people choose to set up several Charitable Gift Annuities over a period of years in order to take advantage of higher rates as they get older,” says Dodge. GIVING WITH PURPOSE

Donors determine the purpose of the gift when they establish the CGA. For example, the gift could go to the Benevolent Fund or for something else to benefit Garden Spot Village. “One donor has designated that the board of directors should determine how best to use the gift,” says Dodge. Hunter is happy to support Garden Spot Village. One aunt has lived here for 13 years; her sister moved here last year. He has a vegetable plot at Petra Community Garden, just down the street, and with frequent visits to his aunts, he says, “I know half the people at Garden Spot Village. I feel like I’m at home already.” At this issue's release, he was packing his things. In July he got the call he had been waiting for: a cottage was available, and he plans to take possession in September.

LEARN MORE about charitable gift annuities, rates for your age or for a two-life CGA. Please contact Linda Dodge, CFRE, director of development, at 717.355.6215 or READ MORE:

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Sustaining Vitality Rose Hagy Runs to Redefine Aging It was cold. It was wet. It was glorious! Rose Hagy ran her first full marathon at the Garden Spot Village Marathon last April and easily won the Women's 65–69 age group award because she was its only entrant. Despite weather that verged on wintry, she says the only thing that could have been better would be more competition from runners her age (which is “69 chronologically and 39 mentally”). “I would like to see more older women take up the sport because it is so good for the body and mind,” Hagy says. “Plus, I’d like more competition.” Hagy, who lives near Reading, started running after she retired from her job as vice president of operations for an international manufacturing company. “I wanted to stay healthy, therefore I started riding my bicycle more, walking — which became running — and exercising regularly.” She ran her first 5K (5 kilometers or 3.1 miles) race six years ago and discovered that she liked the sport and the camaraderie. In April 2015 she ran the Garden Spot Village Half Marathon, her first half marathon, finishing in 2:45:13 ahead of five other women in her age group. She also ran the Delaware & Lehigh Half Marathon in 2015. Entering the Garden Spot Village Marathon in 2016 “was the obvious progression to improve my distance running,” she says. To train for the distance, she spent three months running nine to 15 miles a day, five or six days a week, tapering down the week before the event. A MEMORABLE FIRST MARATHON

Despite inclement weather for this year’s race, Hagy’s spirit wasn’t dampened. “The temperature was 30 degrees and it was raining and snowing. At mile seven I ran through ankle-deep water, which resulted in soaking wet feet for the remaining 19 miles,” she says. “My glasses got wet and steamy, so visibility was limited. However, I loved the race! It was great! I had friends supporting and checking on me the whole time. I prefer colder weather for running, and I had a blue poncho, which saved the day.” Hagy finished the 26.2-mile course, which begins and ends on the Garden Spot Village campus, in 6:33:03 — a pace of 15 minutes per mile.

Hagy also likes the fact that the race recognizes winners in so many age categories, starting with ages 15 to 19 and continuing in five-year increments to 80-plus. In addition, the race recognizes its top three male and female masters, age 50 or better, with cash prizes equal to the top three male and female finishers overall.


Hagy has encouraged friends to enter the Garden Spot Village Marathon. She thinks many more people her age would enjoy distance running, but don't know how to get started. “Running starts with walking, then with seconds of running progressing over days and weeks to get to one mile,” she says. “For someone who has never run, it could take six months to a year to get to a 5K,” she says. “It took me five years to get to a half marathon.” Attitude may also keep people away from running at a certain age. “The new paradigm must revolve around redefining aging,” she says. “Society tends to make older adults think that they are old. News flash: 69 is no longer old. At 69 you can do anything you could do when you were younger, only more slowly.” Their approach to health may be a third barrier, she says. “Seniors turn to medicine for relief of aging pains, but runners turn to training. As long as there are no major health issues, many older adults can enjoy the benefits of running. All they have to do is get started and take on the attitude of ‘redefining aging.’ ” There is no better place to take Hagy’s advice than at Garden Spot Village. READ MORE:

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She plans to run the marathon again in April 2017. She hopes for better weather and hopes that other peers in her age group will join her. “The Garden Spot Village Marathon is extremely well-organized, and the course through the farmlands is beautiful. The race director keeps the runners well informed, and the event includes an after-race party, that is one of the best,” she says.

“But the main reason why it is a good race for older adults is because they leave the course open until the last person finishes. An older person does not have to feel embarrassed about coming in last or close to last,” Hagy says. “Someone will be there to congratulate them and give them their finisher medal. The race is older-adult friendly.”


Rose Hagy ran her first half marathon at age 68. Last year, she finished the full Garden Spot Village Marathon.

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.. . R U AT O

Fourth Annual

Lancaster Family YMCA

Kids Marathon

April 7, 2017 for Kindergarten—8th grade Garden Spot Village and the Lancaster Family YMCA are teaming up to promote healthy lifestyle choices for Lancaster County Youth! Encourage your kids or grandkids to participate in our fourth annual Kids Marathon! After they register, the kids complete 25 miles at their own pace during the time between when they register and April 7, 2017. Friday evening at 6:00 the kids run the final 1.2 miles (parents can run with them) on the campus of Garden Spot Village, beginning and ending at the same Start and Finish line that the elite marathon runners will use the following day. The kids get to experience the thrill of coming down the finisher’s chute, seeing the time clock and getting a finisher’s medal as they cross the marathon finish line.

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Volunteers Keep Community Youth Connected

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Living with purpose is one of the keys to vitality. Many people at Garden Spot Village find purpose and joy in serving others. They have participated in mission trips to places like Honduras and the Dominican Republic. They have helped restore homes after Superstorm Sandy or replace those lost in Gulf Coast disasters. Closer to home, they touch many lives too, particularly in sharing their time, experience and wisdom with the area’s young people.

“The residents at Garden Spot Village are making a life-changing impact on the lives of youth and families in our community,” says Meredith Dahl, executive director of Cross Connection Ministries in New Holland. “The residents’ service to our schools gives the students a fuller and enriched understanding of what community should be—and is,” says Robert Hollister, superintendent of the ELANCO School District. “The students look at the older generation differently because of these interactions.” BRINGING HISTORY ALIVE

Twice a year for the last six years, volunteers from Garden Spot Village have participated in a living history program at Garden Spot High School. Each time, about a dozen residents meet with small groups of students in Mark Leaman’s American history class. The volunteers include several former teachers, a couple who worked in Iran before the revolution, a woman who experienced the Great Depression, a few who grew up in the Jim Crow south and veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. “All those who share give great insights to students about the civil rights movement, Cold War tensions and conflicts, the protests and fighting in the Vietnam War,” says Leaman. “Residents always share my favorite theme for the students to experience: The best and worst changes to happen to America during their lifetime.” Residents and students have also marked special holidays together. Two years ago, Garden Spot High School students took part in the Veteran’s Day ceremony at Garden Spot Village. Three students shared about their decision to serve in the U.S. military, and two students shared their stories of immigrating to the United States. This year the high school students invited veterans living at Garden Spot Village to join them on Memorial Day, where the students recognized their service and celebrated all those who have or will serve the country and the world. OFFERING HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

“Our students benefit from this practical, hard-core knowledge sharing,” says Hollister. “Another huge way that Garden Spot Village supports us is through our special education program.”

Students in the school district’s Work-Based Learning Program tour Garden Spot Village to learn about working in the skilled nursing and memory care households, the laundry and the kitchen. If they are interested, they interview to participate in a 90-hour internship program, which sometimes leads to a job offer. In any given year, three or four students participate in the program. Team members from Garden Spot Village work with the classroom teacher, the job trainer and others in the district to support the student experience. “We have only heard great things about the partnership with Garden Spot Village,” says John Robbins, of the ELANCO School District support team. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR LIFE

“Volunteers from Garden Spot Village are a vital and essential piece of the ministry at Cross Connection Ministries,” says Dahl. The organization’s mission is to see individuals build relationships with youth or adults and journey with them in their lives. Garden Spot Village residents serve as mentors, and one has been with his mentee since the program began. “I have seen both mentors and students enjoy these relationships,” Dahl says. “The students learn how to make healthy decisions and are given opportunities to experience a variety of different activities. The relationships that are being built create memories for youth and help encourage the development of life skills.” Other residents help with Cross Connection’s free summer lunch program or with Cross Jr., a weekly afterschool program for children in second through fifth grade. The Community Church at Garden Spot Village also supports Cross Connection, contributing funding for its capital campaign and providing Christmas gifts for families in the community. The Making A Difference committee at Garden Spot Village collects items such as backpacks and warm winter accessories for students at Cross Connection and others in need throughout the district. Says Dahl, “The residents at Garden Spot Village are able to build relationships with people in the community and make an impact for eternity.” READ MORE: |

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Sustaining Creativity and Camaraderie If you stay in one of Garden Spot Village’s guest suites, you’ll have the chance to experience something unique and brand-new: soap, shampoo and lotion made by the Mountain View Vision & Design Team. 44 D estination Fall/Winter 2016

When chief marketing officer Scott Miller and his wife, Cheryl, stayed overnight at Garden Spot Village before leaving for a conference early the next morning, Cheryl suggested an interesting idea: that each room have its own set of toiletries. Once the ball got rolling on the concept, the Vision & Design Team became a part of the process. With prior experience in creating soap and lotions that have been sold in the Refresh gift shop, the Design Team was the best fit for the job, but creating shampoo was still a new undertaking. It also meant that, for as used to working with lotions as they were, there was a new wrinkle in making sure that the lotion worked in harmony with the other two parts of the set, something they hadn’t had to consider up to that point. AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH


As with other projects they attempt, there was a fair amount of trial and error. “We’re like mad scientists,” jokes Diane Pechart, activities director for Mountain View and member of the Vision & Design Team. Getting the right product involved a lot of research and testing, as the group learned how to work with lanolin, something they had never attempted before. A clear liquid to create the shampoo, as opposed to the opaque they were accustomed to, was also a new element that they tried for the first time.

This venture has gotten the gears in the minds of the Vision & Design Team turning. Though they haven’t settled on any one new idea, they’ve thrown out a variety of possibilities, such as branching out into more men’s and unisex items. For a group that already has their creativity flowing in many different directions, including scarves, pillows, greeting cards and pressed flower artwork, this says a lot. The plan that was structured to make the guest suite toiletry sets a reality has helped the Design Team in other areas, with funds assisting in making these ideas realities, and keeps it thriving. Already a model that represents its own form of sustainability, the Vision & Design Team also lends to it in a broader sense for Garden Spot Village as a whole. Instead of buying from an outside company, Garden Spot was able to take their business in-house, to the team. “As we think about organizational sustainability, the people within the organization are also thinking about how to function in a sustainable basis for other types of things,” notes Miller. “Working with the Vision & Design Team costs Garden Spot less and it’s a unique method of branding. Everyone wins.”

Another aspect of creating the sets was finding the right scent to complement what they were working towards. It was important that the scent be gender neutral, which had the members of the team spending a lot of time testing various oils. This testing involved a certain level of chemistry, with the team members deciding how much scented oil was too little and how much was too much. After they thought they may have landed on the right scent, it was time to get feedback. Unlike past endeavors, which were strictly more feminine in nature, this meant going to men to get their opinions on the product. Thoughts on the new items were given back immediately, and “Mountain Bliss” was chosen. The scent, which is clean and light, is popular with both men and women alike.

Within the group, different members have different roles – Mickey Adams and Pechart do a lot of the research, Hollace Tafeen handles the computer and financial work, Mabel Kurtz works with fabrics, and Gladys Zeigenfus is a jack-ofall-trades. Laughing the whole way through, they all work together to bring their visions to life. “We have a great time with each other,” says Adams. As a smile comes across her face, Zeigenfus adds in something that is proven once again by this latest project: “We’re prepared for anything.” Fall/Winter 2016



Lessons Learned From Our Amish Neighbors Local people call it “the happening”: a horrific day a decade ago when a disturbed man came into the West Nickel Mines Amish Schoolhouse and shot 10 girls, ages 6 to 13, killing five and seriously wounding the rest. In the days and weeks that followed, the response of the Amish community bore witness to the powerful role of faith and forgiveness in healing, as the Amish reached out to the shooter’s widow and parents, inviting them into their homes and praying for them. Since then, the Amish have reached out to offer comfort following the mass shootings at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In May 2016, Garden Spot Village hosted Herman Bontrager, a member of the board at Eastern Mennonite University and advisor to the Mennonite World Conference, and a representative of the Amish community, who reflected on the Nickel Mines shootings and shared about the Amish response. “The biggest lesson to come out of Nickel Mines was the response of forgiveness and how forgiveness on the part of the Amish is integral to their resilience in the wake of this tragedy,” says Chet Yoder, director of pastoral services at Garden Spot Village. “The representative stressed that forgiveness was originally a choice, but is also an ongoing experience. I find it significant that the connection

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between forgiveness and resilience is a topic that may be useful to many in times of grief.” For the world that watched the Amish response from a distance, and for the audience who heard the representative at Garden Spot Village, it was a powerful lesson. “We support life and living with vitality at Garden Spot Village,” Yoder says. “The deep evidence of forgiveness is a witness to the observing community, near and far, about the possibility of living life with meaning and purpose even in the face of tragedy. The practice of forgiveness is essential to enjoying life to its fullest potential.”


The “Forgiveness and Healing” presentation was one of a three-part series offered at Garden Spot Village and organized by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. This year’s program also included talks on Amish burial beliefs and practices, and the Amish and the media. In addition to the annual Amish Educational Series, Garden Spot Village also presents “Meet the Congregations” each summer, bringing in representatives from various local faith communities to talk about their histories, beliefs and congregations. This year’s focus was on faith traditions originating in or influenced by the Protestant Reformation. “These speakers highlighted for us the continuity of faith through the Reformation until today and also the contribution of each tradition to the Christian church as a whole. We have a variety of faith communities in Eastern Lancaster County. While they share much in common, each makes its particular contribution to the vibrancy of the greater faith community,” Yoder says. “When we have occasion to learn from each other, our own faith perspective may be enriched, as well as our appreciation for the other deepened.” The spiritual network here is strong. Many Garden Spot Village residents attend churches off campus, and their pastors and lay ministers provide significant and muchappreciated ministry at Garden Spot Village. In turn, many people from the surrounding community have joined the congregation at The Community Church at Garden Spot Village.

“The experience of spiritual vitality at Garden Spot Village is both a result of what is happening in the local congregation and a contribution of our shared experience at Garden Spot Village to the local church,” Yoder says. EXPANDING MINISTRY

Spiritual sharing takes place in so many ways. This July, residents served as teachers, craft leaders, snack helpers and storytelling cast members at The Community Church’s first Bible school experience for children in the surrounding communities. In addition, the church is organizing an eight-week video series/discussion program on the topic of “extreme grandparenting,” through the community’s RightNow Media subscription, which is available to all Garden Spot Village residents and staff. Based on the work of Tim and Darcy Kimmel, the program focuses on a grandparent’s role as a mentor, loving family member and spiritual rock for the family during hard times. Garden Spot Village also collaborates with Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Programming has included courses on “Healing Prayer in the Christian Story,” “Faith in the Crucible of Conflict: Mennonite Central Committee Work Around the World” and “The Middle East: Land of Promise, Land of Strife.” A class planned for this fall “will provide resources pertaining to our understanding of and Christ-like ministry to the growing number of refugees from the Arab world in the Lancaster area,” Yoder says. The class is just one more of the many ways that Garden Spot Village helps people sustain their faith and family values.

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L-R: Dana Smee, Robert Smee, Mel Novak, Ricardo Costa, Sarah Costa

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Brandywine Wealth Management While working at Brandywine Wealth Management’s expo booth, Sarah Costa overheard a passerby say she didn’t have any wealth to manage. “My response to that is always, ‘If that’s the case, we are definitely the people you need to talk to,’” says Costa, tax services director at Brandywine Wealth Management, LLC, a comprehensive financial services firm. “People who don’t have a lot of money need to make it go as far as possible,” says Mel Novak, CFP®, co-founder of the firm, which serves clients regardless of the size of their account. The firm’s professionals provide fee-based planning services, as well as brokerage and investment advisory services, tax preparation and insurance. What sets the firm apart is their focus on income distribution. “People spend most of their lives focused on wealth accumulation. Once they are approaching or into retirement, they have to start spending their assets,” Novak says. “We look at prudent ways to generate cash flows in a tax-efficient manner to address their needs.” ROOTED IN SERVICE


With a background in engineering, Novak came to financial planning as a second career. “I transitioned from planning for companies and municipalities to planning for individuals,” he says. In 1986, he teamed with Rob Smee, AWMA®, to establish Brandywine Wealth Management. Over the years, they have done seminars on topics such as “How to Afford the Retirement Community of Your Choice,” “Tax Advantage of Retiring in Pennsylvania” and many others. Novak also helped organize the Caregivers Association of Chester County, which eventually became NetCare. “We take a team approach,” says Smee. “We have a portfolio manager, financial planner and a full-time tax preparer as well as support staff who handle administrative details so we can focus on client service.” The firm is also family oriented. In addition to Costa, who is Novak’s daughter, the team includes her husband, Ricardo Costa, and Smee’s daughter, Dana, both wealth management advisors. The firm has offices in West Grove and Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, but team members usually

travel to their clients’ locations. They also use Skype and other technology tools for their clients’ convenience. LOOKING AT THE WHOLE PICTURE

Although some clients use just the firm’s tax or investment services, most take advantage of Brandywine’s full-service capability. Retirement planning and estate planning and settlement are a big part of that. “If someone says, ‘I’m not sure I have enough to retire or to move to a community,’ I say, ‘Let’s do some planning,’ ” Novak says. Novak and Smee suggest that people talk to them early in the process, so they have an idea of what they can afford before they start looking at communities. “Not just because it’s valuable financial information, but because part of the reason for moving to a community is for quality of life,” Smee says. “We don’t want them to have to worry about money.” The firm also works with their clients’ powers of attorney, who are persons authorized to act for another in specified and all legal and financial matters, and addresses the issues that arise when transitioning wealth from one generation to the next. They can help clients’ children, who might not have experience managing money or understand tax issues. “It’s about managing your whole financial picture. There are so many different options that people don’t know about,” Costa says. “We focus on educating our clients so they can help themselves.” Read More: Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC.

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Christmas at Garden Spot Village! Gifts of the Season to Share with Love

Shopping venues and coffee bar are located in the Visitor’s Center at Garden Spot Village. All proceeds support the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund.

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Share & Care Thrift Shop

Treasured Gifts, Timeless Beauty

Our ever-changing collection of donated items features gifts and collectibles, furniture, tableware, handbags, jewelry and so much more.

Christmas Open House Tuesday, December 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sample seasonal refreshments as you search for that one-of-a-kind perfect gift. Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Like Share & Care on Facebook to keep up with our monthly sales, get a first look at new arrivals and post your special finds!

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Refresh Gift Shop

Inspired Gifts to Show Your Love

Show your love with a gift from our distinctive selection of seasonal decor and flowers, jewelry, handbags, books and toys. Christmas Open House* Tuesday, December 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Spark holiday spirit in our store full of treasures and enjoy sweet treats of the season. Fireside Photos with Santa Friday, December 9, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. All are welcome to this special date with jolly St. Nick! Fireplace lounge at Refresh shop entrance. Wrap-It-Up Event* Thursday, December 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wrap up your Christmas gift shopping with our personal shopping assistants who are ready to help with your selection! Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. *Gift wrapping available (by donation).

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Refresh Coffee Bar

Enjoy seasonal delights in cozy fireside comfor t Experience the beauty of Christmas at Garden Spot Village. Come wander our Visitor's Center among lighted angels, sparkling trees and a spectacular suspended 12-foot wreath. Take time for a hot drink from the Refresh Coffee bar while you're browsing or enjoying the warmth of the fireside. Featuring Starbucks holiday favorites: Gingerbread Latte

Caramel Brûlée Frappuccino Peppermint Mocha

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Things To See & Do SEPTEMBER




GSV 20th ANNIVERSARY MONTH Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Garden Spot Village with a feast of locally grown foods. For residents and their families.


Bus trip to Harrisburg for a prayer rally led by evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse. For residents.


Gain insight into the life and times of New Holland. For residents and the public.

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Bus tour to Flight 93 National Memorial honoring the passengers and crew who prevented the intended attack on the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001. For residents. HOW CHRISTIANS RELATE TO THE OTHER

Immersed International presents a six-session continuing education class focused on the plight of refugees settling at our doorstep. Continues Oct. 17, 24 & 31, Nov. 7 & 14. For residents and the public.

15 OPEN HOUSE - EXPLORE RETIREMENT LIVING An opportunity to tour a variety of homes and apartments from 10am – 4pm. For the public.


A sweet way to celebrate Garden Spot Village’s 20th anniversary. For residents.

The 2016–2017 series kicks off “Favorites from the American Musical Theater” performed by Amoroso & Sacks. For residents and the public.

Program addresses roadway risks and defensive driving techniques to keep drivers safe on the road. For residents and the public.

Church World Services’ fund-raising walk to help end hunger one step at a time. For residents and the public.



A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.


Bus trip to concert at the High Fine Arts Center at Lancaster Mennonite High School. For resident season ticket holders.


A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.


Gain insight into the life and times of New Holland. For residents and the public.



John and Nancy Dolan portray a couple who recount their relationship through letters written over the years. For residents and guests.


Residents pack donated gifts for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. Service project for Residents.

OCTOBER Collect gift items for underprivileged children on behalf of Samaritan’s Purse. Resident service project. Event details are on page 29. For residents and the public.

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Combine creativity and community for an evening of fun— and go home with a piece of original artwork. For residents and the public.

Schedule is subject to change. For current listings, visit or contact Resident Services at 717.355.6000.





Bring your antiques, heirlooms and collectibles to this fascinating appraisal event. For residents.


Bus trip to concert at the High Fine Arts Center at Lancaster Mennonite High School. For resident season ticket holders.


Enjoy the magic of harp music for the holiday season. For residents.


Celebrate the birth of Christ with interns from the Mennonite Central Committee’s International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). For residents.


Honor those who served and learn about loss from Hospice & Community Care. For residents.

A splendid holiday party! Food, fun and fellowship get the holidays off to a fabulous start. For residents and future residents.

Dick Johnson has a heart for music and a passion to share his gift. For residents.

Talented performers bring “Joy to the World” to the Garden Spot Village stage. For residents and the public.

Find peace through music, prayers and meditation for all who have recently lost loved ones. For residents and the public.

Residents portray the nativity scene in the Chapel while our Village Voices choir leads hymns and carols. For residents and the public.







A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.

Future Resident Christmas Dinner Theater Event. By Invitation.





The 2016–2017 series continues with an organ concert by Douglas Wimer. For residents and the public. Join us as we give thanks and express our gratitude for God’s gifts. For residents and the public.


Railroad enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy HO- and O-gauge model train layouts. Saturdays through Dec. 17; Mondays, Dec. 26 & Jan. 1. For residents and the public.

The Bryn Mawr Mainliners present “A Barbershop Christmas.” For residents and the public.

Join us in worship as we celebrate the miracle of Christmas. For residents and the public.


Resident-run semi-formal event celebrates the New Year with refreshments, entertainment and more. For residents.

*Public events are highlighted. Fall/Winter 2016





Things To See & Do JANUARY 2017




Find out what you need to know about staying well. For residents and the public.


Dozens of unique bird houses and bird-themed quilted wall hangings on display. Place silent auction bids throughout the entire month. For residents and the public.


Gather donations to help feed the hungry in the local community. Resident service project.

Let this a capella gospel group uplift your heart and soul. For residents and the public. Enjoy a trip to the Fulton Opera House for a Q&A with the maestro and a featured guest artist followed by rehearsal for a classical concert—with ongoing on-screen commentary. For residents.


A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.


Gain insight into the life and times of New Holland. For residents and the public.

21 SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT SERIES The 2016–2017 series continues with an evening of exceptional musical entertainment. For residents and the public.


Collect donations for the New Holland Food Bank during this nationwide hunger-relief drive. Resident service project.

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Men and women wear red to help raise awareness for women’s heart health. For residents.


Gain insight into the life and times of New Holland. For residents and the public.


The 2016–2017 series continues with a musical performance by the Moravian Brass Choir. For residents and the public.


A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.


An entertaining and educational trip to the Fulton Opera House. For residents.


Celebrate the wonders of Holland on a bus trip to this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. For residents.


Ruth Naomi Floyd performs “Songs & Spirituals.” For residents and the public.


A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.


Bus trip to concert at the High Fine Arts Center at Lancaster Mennonite High School. For resident season ticket holders.

Schedule is subject to change. For current listings, visit or contact Resident Services at 717.355.6000.

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Get to Know the Neighborhood When they say, “location, location, location,” they mean it. And New Holland is a great

location, close to all the best of eastern Lancaster County. In this space, we’ll feature things

to do, sites to visit, places to eat and more — all within an easy drive of Garden Spot Village.

Faith & Heritage Trail

Lapp Valley Farm

This self-guided tour includes stops at the Ephrata Cloister, stops at several Lancaster County farmsteads and museums, Amish buggy rides and more. Pick up a Faith & Heritage Trail Book with special offers inside at the Garden Spot Village Visitors Center desk. Gather at least six “passport” stamps to get a free T-shirt from the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center. Faith & Heritage Trail passport booklets are available as long as supplies last.

Just minutes from Garden Spot Village & Sycamore Springs, Lapp Valley Farm is a favorite place to shop for hormone-free milk and butter, and rich ice cream on freshly-made waffle cones. While you’re tantalizing your taste buds, see the farm’s Jersey cows being milked, and pet bottle-fed calves. Visitors give Lapp Valley Farm five-star ratings on Yelp and TripAdvisor, so don’t miss it.

Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn

September Farm Cheese

This Amish family-owned New Holland establishment pops non-GMO popcorn using coconut oil, then adds amazing flavors like Amish Peanut Butter Schmier, Banana Crunch, Buffalo Bleu Cheese, Chocolate Almond Bliss, Key Lime Pie, Sweet Sour Cream & Onion and Zesty Parmesan Ranch, as well as traditional favorites like Butter and Caramel. Great for gifts, fundraising — or just to satisfy cravings. Available in the Refresh Gift Shop or visit the family’s home and retail store less than 10 minutes from Garden Spot Village.

Representing four generations in the food business, David Rotelle and his wife, Roberta, and their family make award-winning artisan cheeses from their own Grade A milk. Savor aged, hand-waxed Honey Brook Cheddar, Joy’s Tomato Basil Jack and more. Their cheese and sandwich shop also offers an array of homestyle jams and jellies, mustards, sweet & sours, smoked meats and more.



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20% discount on all Window Treatments! Schedule your appointment today. • 717-661-6522


VISIT OUR REPAIR SHOP AT GSV Lower Level of Gardens South, next to the Health Office. Every other Tuesday. 1 pm-3 pm. Call for an appointment.

STOP BY OUR SHOWROOM FOR A LARGE SELECTION 107 Maxwell Hill Road, Morgantown PA 610.286.9840 or 800.942.1181

295 East Main St. Leola, PA • M-Tu-W-F: 9am-5pm • Th: 9am-8pm • Sat: 9am-3pm; Closed Sunday

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Celebrating 120 YEARS and 5 GENERATIONS as a Family Owned Pharmacy

Our Pharmacists – Jeff, Michele, Sonja, Eric, Josh

Your trusted hometown pharmacy offering many senior focused services: • • • • • •

FREE DELIVERY right to your door at Garden Spot with convenient payment options. Preferred provider for many Medicare and Commercial insurance plans. Full service drive thru with short wait times. Immunizations such as Zostavax for shingles. Diabetic testing supplies billable to Medicare. Medi Sync Program – Our pharmacist will synchronize the timing of your refills to allow for a once monthly fill schedule. With this organization in place, customers enjoy the convenience of a single monthly trip to the pharmacy or delivery to your home at Garden Spot. • Medicine-On-Time Program – A pre-packaged medication system where all routine medications are organized by our pharmacist into color coded calendar cards. This is the same system used by Garden Spot’s personal care nurses.

Stauffer’s Drug Store • 149 E Main Street • New Holland, PA 17557 • 717.355.9300

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“Making home a nicer place”

115 North Hill Rd. P.O. Box 2 Terre Hill, PA 17581

P: 717.314.4960 F: 717.445.4774

Slip covers • Window Treatments • Pillows • Blinds

When It’s Time to Begin the Next Chapter of Your Life… We will be there for you!

321 East Main St New Holland PA


717.354.HOME (4663)

Fulfilling Dreams for Three Generations

Your Hometown Realtors ...because we live here too! HostetterLehman Group

Call Greg or Carol today to schedule your free consultation.

We will help you get the most from the sale of your home! Open 24 HouRS Mon-Sat

Food • Fuel • Friendly Service TRY OUR AUTOMATIC TOUCHLESS & SOFT TOUCH CAR WASHES! 168 Toddy Drive • East Earl PA • 17519

717-354-9486 Fall/Winter 2016



Petal Perfect Flowers Flowers • Plants • Gift Baskets

Yoder’s Country Market offers many conveniences all under one roof! We offer a Full-Service Grocery Store, Pharmacy, Dry-Cleaning, Digital Photo Lab, H2O to Go, Gift Shop & Petal Perfect Flower Shop.

- Store Hours -

Monday-Saturday: 7am-9pm, Sunday 8am-5pm Join Us At Yoder’s Restaurant & Buffet For

Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm

- Restaurant Hours -

Monday-Saturday: 6am-8pm Sunday: 10am-2pm

14 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA 17557


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- Flower Shop Hours -

Monday-Friday: 8am-5:30pm Saturday: 8am-4pm | Closed Sundays


12 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA 17557

717.354.2430 We Deliver Locally


Wellcoming new patients.

Internal Medicine Ephrata Reading Road Health Center 446 N. Reading Road (Behind CVS) Garden Spot Garden Spot Health 435 Kinzer Avenue (717) 733-6546

B uying and

selling new and used area rugs. Visit our Online Gallery,

OUR SERVICES Carpet Cleaning Area Rug Cleaning Upholstery Cleaning Tile & Grout Cleaning

Stripping & Waxing

to view our ever changing inventory.


327 S. State Street, Talmage PA (717) 656-9826

CSA Tech Solutions New & Used Computers Upgrades & Repairs Remote Support On Site Support 357 W. Main Street • New Holland, PA 17557 717.354.4272 •

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Garden Spot Village Office 433 S. Kinzer Ave. 717.355.6055 | Fulton Bank, N.A. Member FDIC.

Visit our showroom and find your perfect mattress today!

• Priced to fit your budget • Large selection to choose from • Free delivery, set-up and removal see store for details

Financing Available


Choose from Wall Hugger, Rocker, Swivel, Lay Flat, Heat & Massage and Power Lift

880 E. Main St. Route 23 New Holland PA 717.354.4955 | JBZIMMERMAN.COM

Monday-Friday 6:30am-6pm

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Sat. 6:30am-6pm

Sun. 10am-4pm








Theraflex Massage A Unique Approach to Physical, Emotional and Therapeutic Health

Ruth Carey-Hench, LPN, LMT

Luxuriate in fall color at Refresh, the gift shop at Garden Spot Village. Distinctive jewelry & accessories, charming gifts, seasonal décor and stationery items.

Located just inside the Visitor’s Center entrance.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Sessions are paid at time of service. Cash & Check Only

Main Office: 207 East Main Street, New Holland, PA | 717.615.3126

Open Mon-Fri 8:30-4; Sat 9-4

ELANCO Social Services Network

Massages for Garden Spot Village residents & employees, every other Monday morning & Wednesdays in Gardens South Clinic Room 1. $46 per hour.


PROVIDING HOPE AND ASSISTANCE FOR ALL WHO SEEK IT WITHIN THE ELANCO COMMUNITY. AS PEOPLE OF FAITH, we strive to meet the humanitarian needs around us by providing a coordinated endeavor so that all of the available church, business, civic and educational resources will be made known and accessible to those in need, assisting in both the short and long term. WE ARE WORKING to prevent hunger, help underprivileged children, and promote strong values and community bonds.

AY002084 • • • •

All Types of Real Estate Antiques Personal Property Estates

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Business Liquidations Inventory Reductions Farm Sales Appraisals


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(717)442-9221 or (610)384-8433



oppor tunity Live with

Mountain View Personal Care and Laurel View Memory Support offer a world of amenities, but what sets us apart is our specially trained staff who form family-like bonds with each individual. Residents also develop close friendships with others in a true community environment. Plus, all the amenities of Garden Spot Village are available for everyone! Call 717.355.6272 to learn more and schedule a visit!



Adult Day Services provides a secure, protective environment for older adults who need supervision and assistance during the day. Plus the amenities of Garden Spot Village offer unique opportunities for activity and engagement. Call 717.355.6226 to learn more or schedule a one-day, no-charge trial


Garden Spot Village at Home provides personalized in-home services to help people live with purpose and significance at all stages of life. We’ll help with the activities of daily living like getting up, dressed, and ready for the day; running errands and much more, so you can do the things that are meaningful to you! Call 717.355.6031 to learn more or visit A service of Garden Spot Village Lancaster County, PA



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WE REPAIR ALL MAKES AND MODELS OF CARS, SUV’S AND TRUCKS Our shop consists of a state of the art downdraft bake booth for a factory finish and we use computerized paint mixing to perfectly match the color of your vehicle! All Estimates are FREE! You may stop in anytime Monday - Friday from 7:30am-6pm.

Visit our NEW shop, we are only 4 minutes from Garden Spot Village! 131 Jalyn Drive New Holland PA 17557 717.354.8001

OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30am to 6pm

WE OFFER MANY DIFFERENT DETAILING PACKAGES INCLUDING: Complete Bumper to Bumper Detailing • Interior or Exterior Detailing Wax & Wash • Wash, Window & Wax

VEHICLE PICK UP & DELIVERY AVAILABLE 74 D estination Fall/Winter 2016

Needed RELIEF Without FEAR at a COST You Can AFFORD! SAVE MONEY ON YOUR HEALTHCARE! Start as low as $67!


Tell us you saw us in Destination for an introductory offer.

• NEW Space Age Technology ELIMINATES the need to TWIST OR POP • Virtually PAINLESS! • Puts all the FEARS OF MANUAL MANIPULATION to REST

State Senator


301 East Main Street Lititz, PA 17543 PAID FOR BY 717-627-0036 AUMENT FOR SENATE

Garden Spot Village’s Chiropractor for almost two decades!

ELANCO Chiropractic, Inc.

1907 Division Highway (Rt. 322) | Ephrata | PA | 17522

ELANCOCHIROPRACTIC.COM | 717.355.5000 Participating Medicare Provider • Most Insurances Accepted

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Look and Learn You’re Invited to


where all are welcome

September 22, October 19, November 15, January 17, February 23

The Community Church at Garden Spot Village

Join our resident tour guides for lunch and learn firsthand about the welcoming way of life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and to register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.

weekly services

Sundays, 10 am 717.355.6500


Help us give girls tools to be true to themselves and others...

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Won't you help a girl realize her dreams? 76 D estination Fall/Winter 2016






LOW COUNTRY OVERHEAD with straightforward pricing

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CONVENIENCE | Pickup & delivery has never been easier. When your vehicle is in need of service, we can pick it up, service it, and bring it back to you!

New Holland AUTO GROUP

Where a little country means a lot of savings! Route 23, New Holland, PA • 1-800-642-8605

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LEGAL ADVICE A general practice law firm devoted to Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorneys, Estate Administration & Elder Law Real Estate, Business Law & Family Law 131 West Main Street, New Holland | 717.354.7700 | KLINGANDFANNING.COM 78 D estination Fall/Winter 2016