Destination Garden Spot Village - Spring/Summer 2016

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Where life blooms â„¢


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A Blueprint for the Future Spring 2016




For more information about this new community, see page 44.

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Pedal to Preserve JUNE 4, 2016 at Garden Spot Village

Discover the preserved farmlands of Lancaster County. Choose a 6, 20 or 51 mile ride along winding country roads.

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The Refresh Coffee Bar is open everyday to the public.

Live with oppor tunity DARIN PARRY, Youth Pastor for New Holland Church of the Nazarene, finds the Refresh Coffee Bar at Garden Spot Village

open and inviting. A unique retirement community with an intergenerational twist, Garden Spot Village strives to create warm gathering spaces that encourage social interactions with people of all ages.

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A Call to


“Let’s do something.” “Let’s contribute.” “Let’s make a difference.” “Let’s build a legacy.” “Let’s enrich lives.” “Let’s impact the community.” “Let’s impact the world.” “Let’s live with a sense of adventure.” “Let’s live with purpose.” “Let’s seize opportunity.” “Let’s serve and make a dent in the universe.” Yes, let’s... That’s classic Garden Spot Village thinking. That’s Garden Spot Village people.

Think about it: When are we best prepared to do some good in the world, to make a difference in someone’s life — or the lives of countless people? The day we “retire” from our full-time career. At that moment, we stand on the threshold of a new beginning. Our family-raising and careerbuilding years are behind us. The future stretches before us like the lush, green Lancaster County hills reaching toward the horizon. We are free to imagine what could be, and we have the time, health and energy to give it a go.

A lifetime of experience, well considered, is brimming with wisdom. We’re grounded. We’re more confident. We understand what’s important.

In the next 25 years, more people will “retire” than at any other time in history. Imagine what all that wisdom and energy can do. The 60-something/70-something contingent can shape the future and change the world. In fact, those cohorts are already making their mark — especially those at Garden Spot Village. The cool thing about Garden Spot Village is that the leadership team and the board of directors recognize all of this potential and set about creating a strategic blueprint that serves as a launching pad for residents, team members, volunteers and community supporters. It’s a jumping-off point for people to contribute to the world in ways that build upon the wisdom and energy of the diversity of its people. It’s really pretty awesome. You can be a part of it. When you live here, you’re free to throw yourself into a worthy cause with all your time and energy — or pick and choose and pace yourself. The point is, the new strategic blueprint provides a world of possibility. wEnthusiastically,

Scott Miller Editor & Chief Marketing Officer

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Please DO NOT dive into the GSV pool. Special permission was granted for these photos.






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... r u o at s u h t i w n 3rd Annual u r e Com Lancaster Family YMCA

Kids Marathon

April 8, 2016 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 third annual Kids Marathon! After they register the kids complete 25 miles at their own pace during the time between when they register and April 8, 2016. 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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Structures that withstand the test of time are built on solid foundations. The same is true of communities. When people come together, joined by shared interests and common values, they can build a powerful legacy. That’s what is happening at Garden Spot Village. Building on a foundation of service, the community provides a wealth of possibilities for people to make a difference — today and tomorrow, on campus, throughout Lancaster County and around the world.


As this issue of Destination went to press, our 5th team of about 10 residents, employees, family members and friends headed to southwest Honduras to help build a church near La Esperanza, in Lenca Indian territory. The largest indigenous group in Honduras, the Lenca people maintain many of their pre-Columbian traditions. The team also planned to participate in a pastor’s conference, a children’s program, and to spend a day visiting ancient Mayan ruins. It’s not the first mission trip that Garden Spot Village has taken to Central America. With the help of residents Paul and Janie Hutton, the community has sent helping hands to Honduras since 2010. Volunteers of all ages helped build Campo Converge, a church camp in the mountains outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa. “Even though we spoke a different language, we were able to establish friendships that will last through eternity,” says Duane Tice, a Garden Spot Village resident and member of the first team to travel from New Holland to Honduras. Ranging in age from 13 to 86, that group leveled floors and poured cement by hand, painted, finished drywall and stucco, raised trusses and did other site work. In addition, several group members traveled into the city to provide Bible school to groups of children. Since then, Garden Spot Village has enlarged its volunteer teams with members of local churches, and volunteers have taken part in activities at the camp. On a recent trip, they served camp guests challenged with cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. “Our hearts learned lessons about being joyful, grateful and content, never grumbling, despite the daily trials that never go away,” Marian Harnish, associate chaplain at Garden Spot Village, says of the experience. SUPPORTING CHILDREN THROUGH SURGERY

Garden Spot Village recently added a new global opportunity. Earlier this year, 10 volunteers, ranging in age from 23 to 78, journeyed to the Dominican Republic to provide spiritual and emotional support to the families of children receiving surgeries that allow them to walk. The mission trip was made in cooperation with CURE International, a nonprofit network of charitable hospitals and surgical programs that delivers life-changing medical

care and the good news of God’s love to children with conditions like clubfoot and bowed legs. In the Dominican Republic, on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, CURE operates a hospital in the capital city of Santo Domingo. “CURE’s theme is 'healing changes everything.' Their mission is 50 percent spiritual healing and 50 percent physical,” Harnish says. “To be able to multiply what God is doing is key. To realize that this is His plan for these people in this region, and we get to partner with Him — to me, that’s very exciting.” Game On, a new page on the Garden Spot Village website (see page 13) helps residents connect with mission trips like those to Honduras and the Dominican Republic. It also highlights local opportunities to serve. RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDS

The mission trip to the Dominican Republic is an extension of other efforts on CURE’s behalf. Each year since 2009, Garden Spot Village has organized a marathon and half marathon to support the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. The USA Track & Field-certified course circles through scenic Lancaster County farmlands before returning to the 104-acre campus. In 2014, Garden Spot Village and the Lancaster Family YMCA launched the YMCA Kids Marathon to promote healthy lifestyles for children ages 6 to 12. As part of the effort, the organizers also encouraged the young runners to raise funds for CURE, to support children around the world who can’t walk, or to send get-well wishes and messages of support via the website. This year, participants in the Kids Marathon will run their final 1.2 miles on April 8, and the Garden Spot Village Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on April 9. From helping with registration or handing out medals, to cheering runners on at start, finish and along the course, both events offer residents, staff, family and friends a chance to support worthy causes while having fun. Garden Spot Village has also served the Lancaster Farmland Trust by hosting the organization’s Pedal to Preserve bicycle-ride fundraiser each June since 2009. For many years, residents served as active volunteers for the event, which supports the region’s agricultural Spring 2016



tradition by raising funds to preserve farmlands. When construction at the event’s previous site forced relocation, Garden Spot Village was a natural choice. It offers a scenic setting, plenty of parking, a pool of willing volunteers — and even aerial video footage to help promote the event. As a good neighbor with a commitment to stewardship, Garden Spot Village was happy to accommodate. PROVIDING SHELTER AFTER STORMS

Garden Spot Village has worked with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) on other service projects. On several occasions, people from Garden Spot Village and the surrounding community have worked on MDS Partnership Home Program projects, building homes for families who have lost their housing due to natural disasters. Staging operations in a Garden Spot Village parking lot, they built wall panels and loaded them on to trucks bound for the Gulf Coast. Teams of volunteers traveled to the Gulf to complete the homes. After Superstorm Sandy, teams of residents and staff made weekly journeys to Long Island, where they helped repair a storm-damaged home. Overseas or at home, buildingrelated projects include tasks like painting as well as skilled tasks like carpentry, so most offer a variety of ways for people to participate. Often, Garden Spot Village arranges related service possibilities, so even more can participate. For example, on “build day,” for the wall partitions, some people chose to pound a single nail. Others wrote blessings on the lumber that was used to build the wall panels. Still others made a quilt for the family to use in their new home.

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In fact, Garden Spot Village offers anyone who is so inclined a chance to serve others. Throughout the year, the Making-A-Difference committee identifies ways to make an impact closer to home. “The Making-A-Difference opportunities strike at the heart and make us aware of the needs right around us,” said Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment. The group has carried out many service projects, including collecting warm winter clothing, backpacks and school supplies for students in need; assembling and distributing lunches through the New Holland Summer Lunch program; and collecting personal care items for the Teen Challenge Christmas Bag Project, which helps young men struggling with addiction. Group members also gathered more than a ton of glossy magazines to support the Ronald McDonald House recycling project; stocked shelves at the New Holland Food Bank; collected baby clothing and supplies for the Susquehanna Pregnancy Center; and served lunch at Water Street Ministries. Volunteer Services serves as another pillar of the foundation of service at Garden Spot Village. Possibilities range from helping in the Share and Care Shop, which benefits the Benevolent Fund, to participating in Caring Connections, which provides emotional and spiritual support for individuals who are facing difficult challenges and who ask for visitations. Volunteers support residents and staff with functions like internal mail delivery and make possible events like the annual Business Expo and the Fall Festival & Country Auction. “Volunteers add greatly to the richness of life at Garden Spot Village,” says department director Deborah Fast, who matches volunteers with situations that suit their interests, availability and capacity. SERVING WITH INTENTION

The culture of service at Garden Spot Village didn’t come about by accident. It is an outgrowth of the organization’s mission: to enrich the lives of older adults as a expression of Christ’s love. Service is a core value that is manifest in the way the people who work here treat residents and each other. It is embodied in the innovative, person-centered skilled care households at Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm. It is evident in the attention to detail demonstrated by the service departments — Campus, Facilities and Environmental — and in their prompt and cheerful responses to resident requests. It even shows in the coaching system implemented to help team members reach their personal and professional goals — and instituted as a more life-giving alternative to the traditional performance appraisal process. While still holding individuals accountable for performance, the innovative coaching model is an ongoing process that actively involves team members in their own growth and development. It empowers all team members to explore their interests and put their talents to work serving the people who live here and strengthening the foundation that will support Garden Spot Village as we move toward the future.

Game On!

Discovering Offers to Serve What comes to mind when you hear the phrase, “Game On”? If it sounds like a chance to put your best foot forward, that’s exactly what the Garden Spot Village leadership team was hoping for when it launched a new web page by that name. Accessible from the “Village Life” menu on the website, the Game On web page connects people with ways to serve — locally and around the world. “Game On is the place to see things happening at Garden Spot Village that you probably will not find at other communities like ours,” says Scott Miller, chief marketing officer. Launched in September 2015, Game On posts information on mission trips, donation drives and other service projects. Originally the marketing team considered calling it the GO page, for “global opportunities,” but their thinking evolved. “We liked the connotation of Game On. It suggests ready, willing, anticipating something engaging and exciting, something that people want to do and get involved with,” he says. Recent global opportunities on the Game On web page included an early February trip to the Dominican Republic to volunteer with CURE International, which sponsors surgeries for children who cannot walk, and a March trip to the Lenca Indian territory of Honduras. JOURNEY TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

“The Journey to the Dominican Republic is a result of our marathon connection with CURE,” Miller says. The Lancaster Family YMCA Kids Marathon, held in conjunction with the Garden Spot Village Marathon, encourages its young participants to raise funds and awareness to support CURE and its global mission to help children with clubfoot and other disabilities. “A lot of our focus was playing with the children before and after the surgery,” says Marian Harnish, associate chaplain. In the local culture, being born with a club foot or a cleft palate is considered a curse. “Physically, the kids are shamed by not being able to join in soccer games, not being able to play outside because of their immobility. We are bringing Jesus into the picture, canceling the shame and bringing hope to the parents as well,” she says. The Journey to the Dominican Republic page, like the pages for other global travel, includes a description of the mission, dates, contact information and other details. In addition, it includes a link to a ”Follow the Trip” blog with posts and a slideshow. HONDURAS: BEYOND THE CAMP

Garden Spot Village has been sending volunteer teams to support the work of Missions Door in Honduras since 2010. Until this year, those teams have been involved in helping build a church camp in the mountains outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa. The camp is now finished, and Game On is offering another opportunity in this Central American country — building a church and participating in a pastor’s conference and a children’s program near La Esperanza (the Hope) in west-central Honduras. Pastor Erick Sanchez, of Missions Door, and his wife, Yoamy, visited Garden Spot Village last summer and shared their vision for missions among the Lenca

people, including a microfinance program as well as the church construction. “This trip will feel much more like a church-to-church relationship, since the Sanchezes have met some of the folks at Garden Spot Village and are now receiving financial support from the Community Church at Garden Spot Village,” says Chet Yoder, director of pastoral services at Garden Spot Village. “As with previous trips, we approach this with a servant mentality, wanting to assist the work of the Honduras church and support their efforts already in place.” LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND

For those who prefer not to travel overseas, Game On’s Local Opportunities link shows events closer to home for the current and three upcoming months. These include clothing, food and other donation drives organized by the Making A Difference Committee, as well as other ways to provide help and service. Recent offerings included Souper Bowl of Caring donations of soup and crackers for local food banks; Your Trash Is Another Ministry’s Cash donations of eye glasses, envelopes with used stamps, soup can labels and cereal box tops, and can tabs to help a variety of non-profits raise funds; and shoe donations for GAiN Ministries. “We will post anything that seems appropriate,” Miller says. Both local and global Game On opportunities “are primarily for residents, however, they also extend to future residents, the community at large, team members and anyone else who wishes to volunteer.” READ MORE:

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Lauer Telling the

STORIES JOB TITLE: Storyteller BORN: Brooklyn, N.Y. HEIGHT: 5’ 1” ENJOYS: Music, Reading, Writing, Live Shows and Sporting Events

FAVORITE... MOVIE: The Wizard of Oz FOOD: Sushi BOOK GENRE: Biographies MUSIC GENRE: Classic Rock QUOTE: “It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” – Amelia Barr

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f you stop by Resident Services in the evening, you’ ll be greeted by

bright eyes, a warm smile and, not

least of all, an attentive ear. In addition

to her duties at Resident Services, Trish Lauer is also the official storyteller of Garden Spot Village.

“As storyteller, I get to highlight all of the interesting people and events that are part of life here,” says Lauer, who added storyteller and media relations to her duties last September. “I’ve had the chance to hear incredible stories, as well as bond with both residents and other team members at a number of fun things that have gone on. The media relations part of my title is all about spreading the word about those interesting events that are such a joy to be a part of.” FROM NEW YORK TO NEW HOLLAND

Lauer was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to suburban Rockland County when she was five. She attended State University of New York (SUNY ) Purchase, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and worked for a public relations company. Her family had vacationed in Lancaster County many times and, in 2008, she moved to Gordonville. “Though I’m from near Manhattan, the hustle and bustle of that lifestyle never spoke to me,” she says. “I love the calm and peace I feel here in Lancaster.” After moving to Lancaster County, Lauer worked in new construction sales before becoming a full-time team member at Garden Spot Village in 2012, starting with her post at Resident Services. Now, she says, “I have a group I call my ‘regulars,’ that I see most, if not all, evenings. The storyteller position has given me an opportunity to gain a few more ‘regulars.’ ”

When she’s not at work, Lauer enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music and reading, sometimes visiting New York or catching a show or sporting event — and writing. So coming to work isn’t really like work. “I love that I get to spend time with everyone and then be able to write about the great time I have,” she says. “I’m lucky that I enjoy where I work and who I work with and also get to convey it in a way that I’m passionate about. Writing has always been something I very much enjoy, and to be able to do it as my job is something I’m very grateful for.” CAPTURING & COMMUNICATING THE ESSENCE

As storyteller, Lauer plays an important role in carrying out the strategic plan. “One of the objectives of the blueprint is to leverage the ‘Garden Spot Experience,’ which is to identify and define what makes Garden Spot Village special, so we as an organization can keep it alive,” she says. “I think being the storyteller is all about that. It’s my job to seek out these special people and things and shine a light on them. They’re all part of the Garden Spot Experience and story, and I’m responsible for telling that story.” So far, her favorite story is the first one she wrote in her role as storyteller, about Anita Geiger, who hand carves and paints beautiful wooden birds. When she moved to the Springwood household, she gave away her woodworking tools. When her circumstances changed, “Garden Spot Village helped her be able to continue her passion for wood carving in her new home,” Lauer says. “Anita’s story, full of determination and positivity, perfectly captures the essence and mindset of the people who call Garden Spot Village home.” Contact Trish Lauer: or call 717-355-6157.

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Reaching Around the World Garden Spot Village is nestled on 104 meticulously


landscaped acres amidst the gently rolling hills

“I left Garden Spot Village re-invigorated for the small, domestic and individualized model of care,� says Danielle McIntosh, senior consultant at HammondCare, an independent Christian charity based in Australia. She advises organizations that want to change their building design and model of care to better accommodate the needs of older adults, especially those with memory challenges. McIntosh and

of Lancaster County. Like a pebble dropped in a pond, the culture of caring and service that is at the community’s core ripples far beyond the campus boundaries. The people at Garden Spot Village touch lives all around the world.

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Steve Thorn, associate consultantarchitect, visited Garden Spot Village in September and spent the day with Steve Lindsey, CEO; Becky Weber, nursing home administrator; and Melody Karick, director of Laurel View Memory Support.

HammondCare also follows a person-centered model at its residential care facilities, so part of the goal of McIntosh’s visit was to see the model in operation at Garden Spot Village and to understand similarities and differences, so she can advise others. “It is wonderful to meet a similar organization on the other side of the world that is just as passionate about this model and implementing great care,” McIntosh says. “Sharing our experiences and hopefully partnering in future research can only help spread the word.”

“Simon and I really enjoyed spending time with the team at Garden Spot Village. We talked about having a common need to care for people with dementia. Regardless of which country you are in, the fundamentals of knowing a person and supporting them to be as independent as possible is universal,” McIntosh says. “Executive commitment and passion for small and domestic design, coupled with caring for the person in a way that supports them and recognizes them as individuals, is the key to achieving good care outcomes.”


In southern Bangladesh, a group of women make and sell handcrafted items through a fair trade organization to earn money to feed their families. In New Holland, a group of women who also enjoy handicrafts support these efforts. Members of the Mountain View Vision & Design Team designed a folded paper greeting card, which the women of the Biborton Handmade Paper Project of Prokritee produced. Team members also created a prototype, using a technique called teabag folding, and provided instructions for the artisans in Bangladesh to follow in making the card. Featuring a sparkling evergreen tree topped by a gold star against a cream-colored background with a red frame, the Majestic Fir card was sold at all Ten Thousand Villages retail stores across the country, on its e-commerce site and at Alliance stores — third-party retailers that carry Ten Thousand Villages merchandise. The Spring 2016



artisans produced the cards using paper they make from water hyacinths, a weed that clogs waterways. The project came about when team members started looking for interesting papers to wrap the soaps they make to sell at the Fall Festival & Country Auction and in Refresh: Coffee, Gifts, Essentials. Deborah Fast, director of volunteer services, introduced the team to a buyer from Ten Thousand Villages, who connected them with the women in Bangladesh via Skype. Revenue sharing from the sale of the cards and other items provides income for the artisans, who are female heads of household with no land or assets. And the project brought joy to those involved. “When we get together, the ideas just flow,” says Gladys Ziegenfus, a member of the Mountain View Vision & Design Team. “The energy and enthusiasm is having a positive effect on all of us.” CAMBODIA

Garden Spot Village has hosted two International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) interns from Cambodia. Kosal Sem, who interned in 2010–2011, now works as training manager with Samaritan’s Purse in Cambodia. While in New Holland, he served with the departments of Life Enrichment and Pastoral Services and also got involved in volunteer projects. “In that year, I was involved in many humanitarian projects at Garden Spot Village, such as building the house for people who lost their home in Louisiana, serving food with Water Street Mission and fundraising in the auction and marathon.” When he first returned to his homeland, Sem worked as a counselor for an organization that helped rescue and restore victims of human trafficking, violence and other abuse. “My experience with Garden Spot Village has transformed me to put other people first,” he says. “I learned that there are many people in the world who are in need and helpless. In a country like Cambodia, there are lots of opportunities to give a hand. My purpose in life is to make a difference in peoples’ lives.” In August 2014, Sambath Nget arrived from Cambodia to spend a year interning at Garden Spot Village. Today she is back home, tutoring missionaries in Khmer, studying public health at the International University in Phnom Penh and working full time as a nurse at the Footprints International School. She says she learned many lessons at Garden Spot Village. “Being able to see the respect and care for the elderly is something that has touched me deeply, as this kind of care is rarely shown in Cambodia. I also learned the importance of a smile,” she says. She enjoyed accompanying Chet Yoder, chaplain, when someone needed support. “I gained so much knowledge on how to comfort people in those times and make them feel at peace.”

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Some of the take-aways were simple, but equally valuable — such as putting bitter medicine into pudding or applesauce to make it more palatable. “I have been able to take these skills to my work field as a nurse,” she says. COLOMBIA

An IVEP intern at Garden Spot Village in 2012–2013, Diana Rendon is now living in Cali, Colombia, teaching peace education and ethics at the Mennonite Brethren school and working on a novel about the conflicts in her homeland. She learned many things at Garden Spot Village, including that “what matters isn’t your age but how you use your time to make an impact,” she says. “To believe in God, you don’t need youth — just a big heart, and I found big hearts in Garden Spot Village.” Now that she is back home and married, she will put the knowledge she gained to work “to help more people, whether they are younger or older.” Helping her church with an annual special event for older adults is another extension of the lessons learned at Garden Spot Village. HONDURAS

When Michelle Crotts arrived in Honduras 14 years ago, she was taken to see some land that had been donated to an association of churches. Today, Campo Converge is a selfsustaining, 150-person camp that hosts programs for churches and non-profits. “When I got there, it was lying in ruins, with nothing usable. They said, ‘We’d like to make it into a camp,’ ” says Crotts. “It was bigger than anything I could fathom.” A missionary with International Teams, she has served as liaison between Missions Door in the United States and the association of churches in Honduras that cooperated to build a church camp in the mountains above the capital city of Tegucigalpa. Over the years, several teams of volunteers from Garden Spot Village have traveled to Central America to help make the camp a reality. Organized by Paul Hutton, a Garden Spot Village resident who was director of international missionary advocacy for Missions Door, and his wife, Janie, the teams included other Garden Spot Village residents, staff and family members. “Their footprints, handprints and heartprints are all over our camp,” Crotts says. “The teams from Garden Spot Village pushed us forward light-years.” “They helped with a camp for kids with cerebral palsy,” says Crotts, who runs about six camps a year for children with disabilities in addition to the church camps and other programs held almost every weekend. “One time we did a pastor’s conference with a team from Garden Spot Village.” Crotts says the teams from Garden Spot Village are always well received. “Because Paul was a missionary in Honduras

before he worked for Mission’s Door in the States, he knows what it’s like to live in another culture. He speaks Spanish and he wants to be with the people,” Crotts says. “The teams from Garden Spot Village have always been very proactive about forming relationships with the locals, so they are very well loved. The Hondurans I work with know people at Garden Spot Village and ask about them.” The relationships forged go beyond the short-term teams. In the summer of 2012, Garden Spot Village invited Blanca Dormes, a Bible teacher who had served as a translator at the camp, to visit the New Holland campus for a month, interning with the Pastoral Services and Life Enrichment departments. “That was a blessing for Blanca,” says Crotts, who also had an opportunity to visit the campus last year for a few days. “I got to see a number of people I’ve met over the years. It’s been a blessing for me as a missionary to be able to know some of the people at Garden Spot Village. They’ve been an encouragement to me,” she says. She has even received notes of encouragement and prayers from a resident who has never visited Honduras. And she thoroughly enjoyed her time at Garden Spot Village. “They treated me like a queen. They are really sweet, super generous people. They showed me around and invited me out for Amish ice cream.” Garden Spot Village continues to support Campo Converge through the Community Church. A recent donation went toward a major renovation of the camp’s cancha, or sports court, where campers play fútbol (soccer), basketball and volleyball. “It was in very poor condition,” says Crotts. Thanks to the donation, the cancha got new poles and fencing, backboards and goalposts, as well as seats that provide a vantage point for all playing fields. INDONESIA

Maria Komboy came to Garden Spot Village in 2013 from Jayapura, the provincial capital on the north coast of Papua, Indonesia, on the western half of the island of New Guinea. During her IVEP internship at Garden Spot Village, she split her time working with Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment, and Diane Pechart, activities director at Mountain View. Now she puts some of the creative ideas she learned to use with the young students in her Sunday school class. “I taught them how to crochet twice,” she says. The important lessons Komboy learned during her internship were much larger than knitting, crocheting, playing the piano or riding a boat in a regatta. “The most important thing I learned is being grateful. I was always surprised when the residents said ‘thank you’ for something I did, when I thought I had just done something simple. From that I learned that I have to give thanks to God for everything that happens in my life,” she says. “My mom has been sick for a year. At first I had a hard time facing this, but

I learned that being grateful helps me understand the situation.” The internship at Garden Spot Village “was a grace from God,” Komboy says. “I had amazing experiences and met awesome people.” This year, Garden Spot Village is expanding its connections with Indonesia, hosting Roesita Sara Dewi, from the island of Java. (See related article in this issue.) Dewi will be with us until mid-July. KENYA

The first intern to visit Garden Spot Village through the IVEP program in 2009, Ezekiel Omware was a professional soccer player in Kenya before he joined the ministry. At Garden Spot Village, he worked with both the Life Enrichment and Pastoral Services departments. At Garden Spot Village, he says, “I encountered team members who love what they do and have a passion for encouraging and helping others. I learned how to demonstrate love to the elderly. I made good friends with most of the people I interacted with.” Today he is back in Nairobi, assisting in pastoral ministries with the Kenya Mennonite Church and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology at Pan Africa Christian University. “After I got back home, I enrolled for leadership with a ministry team of university graduates. My experiences at Garden Spot Village made me more conscious about the stewardship of time and efficiency in ministry.” Six years after his return home, Omware’s experiences at Garden Spot Village still resonate because they changed his thinking about growing older. “Serving in a cross-cultural setting helped widen my outlook on life,” he says. “At Garden Spot Village, I witnessed people engaging in sports and social activities that motivate them and add vigor to their lives. This challenged my thinking deeply, because I was used to situations where older adults are not expected to be actively engaged. As they say, ‘Garden Spot is a place where life blooms.’ ” GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

It’s a big world, and the examples here show only a few of the very many points on the map that the people of Garden Spot Village have touched through their service, directly or indirectly, through organized initiatives or through the individual efforts. In many ways, the people who live and work at Garden Spot Village are doing their part to make that big world smaller and to enrich lives all around it.

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At Garden Spot Village, the leadership team and residents break twice a month for Coffee & Conversation, an informal question-

Meet Hens Roesita Sara Dewi “SCIENCE MAY NEVER COME



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and-answer session designed to improve communication throughout the community. What began a decade ago with a dozen or so folks in the Concord Room has grown to the point where it is now held in the chapel/auditorium.

Photograph by Gavin Sauder



his time last year, Hens Roesita Sara Dewi, known as Sita, was serving as a youth minister at her church and teaching English in a Christian School near her home on Java, the most populous island in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago. Now she’s working with the departments of Life Enrichment, Pastoral Services and Personal Care at Garden Spot Village. She arrived in the United States last August for a year-long International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) internship on campus. “Mennonite Central Committee is partner organization of my church from many years ago,” says Sita, a theological seminary graduate. From that relationship, she learned of the IVEP program and applied. “I arrived at the United States on August 18 and did an orientation at the MCC office in Akron until August 25th, then started at Garden Spot Village the next day.” Since 2009, Garden Spot Village has offered IVEP participants opportunities for personal and professional growth. Like other sponsor organizations, Garden Spot Village provides exposure to practical, hands-on professional skills and also serves as a cultural interpreter for the intern, who is a volunteer. Sita has been preceded by interns from Kenya, Cambodia, India and Colombia. ENJOYING NEW EXPERIENCES

Sita has noted some differences between the United States and her homeland, including the food and the weather. “Indonesia doesn’t have winter. We just have rainy and dry seasons,” she says. And although Indonesia has nursing homes for those who need healthcare, as they age, most people in central Java live with their children. “We don’t have a community like Garden Spot Village near my hometown,” she says. While she’s here, Sita has been keeping busy. “Working in three different departments gives me a lot of experiences. In Life Enrichment, I help scheduling events and trips. In Pastoral Care, I work as associate chaplain, visiting residents in their homes and the hospital. I also help with activities in Personal Care,” she says. “It’s so much fun and I’m so happy when I do activities with the residents. The best experience for me is talking with the residents and listening to their life stories.”


During her free time, Sita has had a chance to see some of the country beyond Lancaster County. She has been to New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, New York City and Washington, D.C. “The best for me is when I was in Ocean City, New Jersey,” she says. “I like to go to the beach. For me, the beach and the sea are the best place to refresh and relax.” Sita will continue her internship at Garden Spot Village through mid-July, and then she’ll return to Indonesia and her ministry as a youth pastor. In the meantime, “I am blessed to be part of Garden Spot Village this year. I’ve met many people with different backgrounds and different experiences,” she says. She especially enjoys connecting with people when she can draw on her ministry background and “share with them how to be part of God’s plans and do what God already planned for us. And to talk and share their life stories is one of my favorites. Also sharing about my culture and hometown is wonderful.” Such sharing truly is wonderful — adding much richness to life at Garden Spot Village.

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Our recipe for Smoked Salmon Spring Rolls balances nutrition with enticing flavors that creates an indulgent way to enjoy healthy eating.

Smoked Salmon Spring Rolls SERVES SIX — 290 CALORIES

Warmer weather calls for lighter fare, and what could be more perfect for the season than these smoked salmon spring rolls? A good source of protein, iron and omega-3 fatty acids, smoked salmon is deliciously balanced with crunchy cabbage, marinated red onions, a tangy orange balsamic dressing and a cool yogurt-dill sauce all wrapped up in rice paper atop a crisp green lettuce leaf. It’s just one example of the mindful recipes, balancing nutrition with enticing flavors that guests consistently enjoy at The Harvest Table. All the restaurants at Garden Spot Village are open to the public. For the Pickled Red Onions

For the Smoked Salmon Spring Rolls

3 oz. apple cider vinegar

3/4 c. orange balsamic dressing

1 red onion, julienned 2 oz. water

1 Tbsp. + 1 Tsp. sugar

1-1/2 c. yogurt dill sauce

2 c. napa cabbage, shredded

Place vinegar, water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Place onions in a mixing bowl. Add enough hot marinade to cover the onions. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Discard excess marinade before using.

3/4 c. carrot, shredded

For the Orange Balsamic Dressing

Prepare pickled red onions, orange balsamic dressing and yogurt dill sauce according to recipes.

1/4 c. white balsamic vinegar 2 oz. fresh orange juice Michael Pezzillo: executive chef, Garden Spot Village

3 Tbsp. pickled red onions, drained

3 Tsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. fresh dill

1 Tbsp. fresh basil 1 Tbsp. sugar

Whisk ingredients together until well combined. Refrigerate until ready for use. For the Yogurt Dill Sauce

1-1/2 c. plain non-fat yogurt 2 Tbsp. black pepper

3 Tsp. fresh dill, chiffonade cut Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.

2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted 12 10-in. rice paper wraps

12 oz. smoked salmon (lox) fillets, sliced 6 green lettuce leaves

Combine pickled red onions, Napa cabbage, carrots and orange balsamic dressing. Toss to coat evenly.

Rehydrate rice paper wraps in warm water. Place on cutting board. Sprinkle 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds across each wrap. Place a 1-oz. slice of smoked salmon across the bottom of each wrap. Top with 1/2 c. of the cabbage mixture. Close and roll wrap, burrito style. Line each service plate with 1 lettuce leaf. For each plate, place 2 wraps on top of lettuce. Ladle 2 oz. of the yogurt dill sauce into a soufflé cup and place on side of plate. Enjoy immediately!

Recipe courtesy of Sodexo.

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Jeanne Lang: “Looking forward to semi-retirement” 24 D estination Spring 2016


ho said anything about “retirement”? Jeanne Lang just may have more on her plate now than when she moved to Garden Spot Village early

last summer. She has picked up playing mahjong again after many years

away from the game, she attends a Bible study on campus and she continues to teach

knitting and Sunday school at her church. Oh, and she works as a substitute teacher. “People think you’re sitting on a rocking chair,” Lang says. “My friends say, ‘you’re busier now,’ I look forward to my semi-retirement.” Lang moved here from Birdsboro, where she had lived for 28 years. After she was widowed unexpectedly, her home started to feel “too large,” and she started thinking about making a move. Three friends from her church lived at Garden Spot Village. “They spoke so highly of it,” she says. At her first meeting with the marketing team, she found another connection. “Megan Farber went to summer camp on the grounds of our church,” she says. TEACHING AROUND THE WORLD

Lang grew up in Reading, and her late husband was from Bucks County. They met in college at West Chester, and he later earned a degree in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. The couple lived for a time in Yokahama, Japan, where he treated soldiers who had suffered burns in Viet Nam and she taught elementary education at the Navy school. When the Langs returned to the United States, they both taught school in Bucks County. Then they made another move. “We came to know Christ as our savior in 1971,” Lang says. “We picked up our family of two children and went to Florida to Bible college.” Afterward, they came to Berks County, and eventually both took positions at Highpoint Baptist Academy in Geigertown. “We ministered there from 1975 until my husband went home to be with the Lord in 2008. I stayed on and taught until the end of the 2013–14 school year,” says Lang, who still substitutes at Highpoint and at Conestoga Christian School. She has degrees in special education and Spanish and has also taught English.


Last June, Lang moved to a center deluxe cottage. She loves the facilities, the service and the superb food— but most of all, the great neighbors. “I would have to say the people are unbelievably kind and friendly,” she says. At Christmastime, “a neighbor I hadn’t met yet knocked at my door and gave me a beautiful poinsettia. Another couple said, ‘We’d like to take you out to lunch.’ ” Another called because he hadn’t seen her outside. “People are genuinely concerned about you,” she says. About two months after Lang moved to Garden Spot Village, she encountered a woman who was distressed because she didn’t recognize a team member who was trying to assist her. “I knew the woman was probably from Laurel View,” says Lang, who stayed with her until another team member arrived. “She was fine when she saw a nurse she was used to. Later, I got the nicest note from the nurse about how much she loves working here because people care about each other,” she says. “It was just another confirmation that this is the right place for me.” Lang’s circle of friends at Garden Spot Village continues to grow, from her church friends, to her new friends and now, “my sister and her husband are getting on the list, and my two best friends are on the list,” she says. And more family is waiting in the wings. One of her grandsons, who also teaches at the academy, visited recently and asked, “How old do you have to be to live here? And do you think they need a chaplain?” Lang isn’t surprised. “What isn’t there to love?”

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In 1861 Alphonse Louis Poitevin, a French chemist, found that applying a coating of a particular chemical on paper would turn the paper permanently blue when it was exposed to light. By the latter 1890s American architects were using this new process to copy their technical drawings at one-tenth the cost of a hand-traced reproduction. This new innovation made it possible for all the tradespeople who were involved in the development and construction of a building to have a set of the plans, ensuring that everyone could work together with the same vision of the ultimate goal.

For the past 20 years, Garden Spot Village has had a goal… a mission: to enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love. I love that mission because it is both timeless and transformative. While it speaks to the enduring need to serve others in the name of Christ, it also challenges us with the recognition that we need to adapt the ways in which we provide that service in order to be relevant in today’s world. In 2015 we set out to update our strategic plan as a means to ensure that we do remain current and vital in our efforts to accomplish the mission. In order to achieve that, we sought input from a variety of constituency groups, including current residents, future residents, the GSV Board of Directors, team members, management and others. The goal was to create a blueprint… a document that would guide us by providing each person with a common vision of how we can work together to accomplish the ultimate goal.

With the help of many voices, we have done just that. We believe that, while the world is changing rapidly, the opportunities for Garden Spot Village are abundant if we approach them strategically. To that end, we are pleased to present a blueprint for the envisioned future of Garden Spot Village that focuses on five key initiatives that will be critical in guiding us in our efforts to achieve the mission of the organization in a world that is changing faster and faster. The pages that follow will provide an overview of those initiatives… of our blueprint. Instead of putting it in a binder on a shelf, we are making it available to all. We realize that, similar to constructing a great building, everyone involved in the process needs to have access to the plans. Our hope is that you will be one of those involved in the process, joining with us in some way as we seek to “enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love” for many years to come. — Steve Lindsey, chief executive officer

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Many people have led productive lives, worked hard and raised families, yet have not been able to save enough over their lifetime to move into Garden Spot Village. Our mission calls us to find ways to enrich their lives as they age wherever they may choose to call home. This initiative is designed to focus time, energy and resources on developing new ways to serve this group of people, encouraging them to live lives that are filled with purpose, meaning and vitality. MAINTAIN A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL

We live in exciting times, but we know that these times represent both risks and opportunities. In order to make sure that our organization continues to succeed and grow long into the future, we have to plan wisely. This includes developing an organizational structure that protects our current resources while allowing us to respond to opportunities to grow. We must develop a business model that allows us to adapt quickly to the changing times. This involves developing new programs, services and even new businesses that will make money for Garden Spot Village so that we can continue to do the good work that our mission calls us to do. MAKE INNOVATION CORE

The world is changing rapidly. While human needs have remained constant, the ways in which people seek to meet their needs and expectations is constantly evolving. In order to be an organization that is continually focused on serving people with excellence, we need to hear ideas from everyone – and that includes all of our team members, our residents and people from the community. Together, we will come up with new ideas on how to do our jobs better and develop new solutions that no one has thought of yet… all focused on finding ways to allow people to age in a way that is meaningful for them. ESTABLISH A CONSULTANCY

The founders of Garden Spot Village had a vision that this organization would help influence the way services are provided to older adults around the world. Already, other organizations from all around the world have traveled to visit with us and learn what is happening on our campus. In order to continue to honor that vision, we will create a part of our company that will help us become a learning organization… an organization that develops our innovative ideas and implements them throughout our community. Then, using those lessons learned, we will offer that information to other organizations that are also trying to learn and grow. This will allow us to contribute to the senior living field while also providing a new source of revenue for Garden Spot Village. LEVERAGE THE GARDEN SPOT EXPERIENCE

People who visit Garden Spot Village frequently say “there is something different here.” It can be hard to describe, but we believe it has to do with the combination of our heritage, our mission, our values, our unique culture and the large number of people here who focus on living a life filled with purpose, meaning and vitality as they age. We simply call it “The Garden Spot Experience.” We want to make sure this Experience will forever be present at Garden Spot Village and we want to be able to create that same experience for others whenever they meet people from Garden Spot Village or learn about us. We also want to be able to create it in other locations and take it with us wherever we go. To do that, we must identify the essential elements that make this happen and deliberately structure opportunities that encourage people to lead meaningful, impactful lives as long as they live. Taking these steps will ensure that Garden Spot Communities are the preferred locations for older adults who wish to live purpose-filled lives. Like those construction plans, the strategic blueprint is designed to help all of us focus on these five strategic initiatives seen as essential for the future of Garden Spot Village. Future issues of Destination: Garden Spot Village will explore each of these in more depth. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about each area and invite you to enlist your passions and engage with this envisioned future.

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CHAMPIONS of the Cause

If blueprints keep a construction crew focused on the same goal, a foreman or project manager keeps the momentum going. Garden Spot Village has established committees to work on each of the five initiatives in its strategic blueprint — socio-economic diversity, business sustainability, innovation, consultancy and leveraging the Garden Spot Experience — and each committee is working toward certain success indicators and outcomes. Destination Garden Spot Village caught up with members of the senior leadership team who participate on the different committees to talk about how each initiative is taking shape. SOCIO-ECONOMIC DIVERSITY: Resources For Those With Limited Resources

The team charged with addressing socio-economic diversity is already doing some footwork to put ideas into action. One of their success indicators is to collaborate with community organizations and churches to serve people with unmet needs.

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“As part of that, we’re working on a community needs assessment, not just for older adults but for other people who might be falling through the cracks, who might not have family or resources to consider Garden Spot Village, Maple Farm or a traditional continuing care retirement community,” says Lora Gomboc, executive director at Maple Farm. In January, they started working on the assessment with interns from Millersville University.

Another idea is to find ways to support older adults of different economic backgrounds outside the traditional skilled nursing center or retirement community setting. For example, Garden Spot Village recently collaborated with Millersville students to do mulching, weeding and power washing for a widow who needed help with yard work. “We want to make things like that happen on an ongoing basis, doing a project that will help older adults in our community,” Gomboc says. The committee is also looking at other ways to provide more home-based services, as well as exploring tax credit housing for older adults with limited incomes. Significant progress has been made on a cooperative living house model that would provide both housing and some services on a sliding scale, based on each individual’s ability to pay. “We are looking not just at housing and services” Gomboc says, “but opportunities to provide purpose, meaning and vitality for older adults.” SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MODEL: A Solid Structure For The Future

Stewardship is a core value at Garden Spot Village, and a wise approach to financial resources has always been a key part of that. The strategic blueprint calls for continuing to protect those resources while gaining others in order to be able to serve more people from many walks of life. “You need to be financially strong to be able to do that,” says Dale Beiler, chief financial officer, who is coordinating the sustainable business model initiative. “The first step is looking at the corporate structure,” he says. A new parent company, Garden Spot Communities, will soon be in place, created to “give us the flexibility to manage additional entities, whether they are not-for-profit or forprofit, as well as to protect the existing resources of Garden Spot Village, which everybody has worked so hard to develop.” The structural change is necessary to support some of the other strategic initiatives, but it won’t have a visible impact on day-to-day operations. “It won’t change how we handle things, but it will give us flexibility for the future,” Beiler says. For example, the new structure will make it possible to create for-profit businesses that it can’t under the existing structure. “We could develop programs and services that could yield dollars to meet our mission and allow us to do more,” he says. Once the new structure is in place, the next steps will involve identifying potential new revenue sources and other opportunities — tasks that will involve input from a wide range of perspectives. “We will be involving many people as we move forward,” Beiler says. “We’ll look for team members and people who live here who have that passion in their lives and get them involved as part of that process.”

MAKE INNOVATION CORE: Taking It To The Next Level

Innovation is already one of the values at Garden Spot Village, so why make it a strategic initiative? “The strategic blueprint is to push the value deep into our culture and have everyone be a part of it,” says Bryan Groff, director of human resources, who participates on the team along with Steve Muller, chief operating officer. “Making innovation core is about having innovations come not just from one person or a group, such as an executive team, but rather having innovation spring up from all areas of the organization, from various departments and jobs in collaboration with each other.” To develop a deeper understanding of this initiative, its goals and how to achieve them, Groff and about 50 other leaders from Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm studied the book Free the Idea Monkey and then took part in a two-day Innovation Bootcamp led by Maddock Douglas Consulting. Participants learned about the basics of innovation and creating a culture of innovation, and then put the techniques they learned to work on the question of how to develop the next generation of leaders. One idea that came out of it was to develop a Garden Spot “university” for leaders and team members. The next step will be to get the group back together to look at innovative ways to create a residential environment that fosters opportunities for a meaningful life. To further ingrain innovation into the culture, Garden Spot Village will “hire around it, develop the skills in all levels and free everyone to think outside the box in order to better enrich the lives of the people who live here,” Groff says. That won’t extend just to leadership or team Spring 2016



members. “We want to involve residents in the initiative as well as we continue down this strategic path.” ESTABLISH A CONSULTANCY: Sharing What We’ve Learned

As Garden Spot Village keeps its ear to the ground, trying to anticipate the ever-changing expectations of the Baby Boomers who embrace the Garden Spot Village lifestyle and the Millennials who make up the workforce, many industry-specific insights come to light. We find ourselves answering questions: Why are Baby Boomers moving in? Why does the general public come to your restaurants? How is your team coaching model working? What makes your skilled nursing unique? Team members happily share what they’ve learned, but requests for information sometimes outpace available resources. There’s only so much time in a day. Through a consultancy, where those who want insights help underwrite some of the costs of sharing, Garden Spot Village can respond in a more thorough and structured way and potentially reach more organizations. For example, when Garden Spot Village first transitioned to the household model of skilled care in 2006, team members never envisioned the number of peers who would knock on their doors. Since then, the households have hosted countless tours for groups from across the United States and around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, and Mexico, who want to know more about culture change. Team members have also made presentations at professional conferences for Pioneer Network and LeadingAge. “What we do is highly regulated, so everybody wants to know what works here. They want to know, ‘Is it OK if we do medications this way? Is it OK if we do meals this way?’ ” says Becky Weber, nursing home administrator. “Fear keeps people from doing household models,” she says, and sharing information helps break down that barrier. With a decade of experience with culture change at Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm, the household teams can offer a lot of valuable insights into the personcentered model. The social workers and nurses have extensive experience in helping families identify the kinds of supports their loved ones’ might need and guiding them through complex healthcare challenges. The idea of wrapping a consulting service around that experience would

allow Garden Spot Village to share it with others at a level that previously wasn’t possible due to the level of resources required. “A consultancy would be more of a formalized process, more scripted to make sure we’re always covering certain topics,” Weber says. “We see a consultancy, not as a way to make a lot of money,” says Steve Lindsey, “but as a way to help fund our ability to share the things that we discover and that others are interested in learning about in more practical ways and to further our mission to enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love.” LEVERAGE THE GARDEN SPOT EXPERIENCE: Defining What Makes Us Different

From swimming pools and social clubs to concerts and classes, many communities offer essentially the same amenities as Garden Spot Village. Yet, over and over again, people who visit say, “There’s something different here, something special.” “You can feel it. It’s the reason so many people want to live here. It’s our culture that makes us different,” says Scott Miller, chief marketing officer, who participates on the team charged with defining the culture at the heart of the Garden Spot Experience — what people connect with when they visit the campus and interact with the people. “Obviously something is creating that culture,” he says. “We want to know what that something is so we can continue to nurture it.” Miller is enthusiastic about this initiative. “I’ve been fascinated by organizational and community culture for a long time. Digging in at a deeper level is exciting,” he says. “Second, that ‘something different’ is the foundation of who we are, and that’s important when we talk to people about this community.” The first steps toward leveraging the Garden Spot Experience are to understand and articulate what makes the culture unique. Last November, Aspire Consulting conducted a culture survey that involved residents and staff. Now, a team of interested stakeholders from different departments is working on defining the elements of the Garden Spot Experience. Identifying those elements and the behaviors that create them makes it easier to weave them into the organization’s systems and processes so that people in all of our communities always have ample opportunities to lead meaningful and impactful lives.

From finding ways to serve those with limited means to building flexibility into the financial structure, from integrating creative thinking into all operations to sharing best practices, to defining what makes the community special and ensuring that it continues, the Garden Spot team is working on some exciting initiatives. Guided by the strategic blueprint, they can focus on a common goal — providing the best possible experience for the people we serve today and in the future.

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Resident Voices

5 Perspectives on the Strategic Plan From the monthly Towne Meeting and informal Coffee & Conversation question-and-answer session to resident-led campus tours to the open-door culture and accessibility of the leadership team, Garden Spot Village offers an exceptional degree of transparency. So, when the time came to develop a plan for the future, input came from residents and team members as well as from leadership and the board of directors. After the strategic plan received approval, Garden Spot Village shared its five goals with all stakeholders: to address socio-economic diversity, maintain a sustainable business model, make innovation core, establish a consultancy and leverage the Garden Spot Experience. Destination recently caught up with a cross-section of residents to hear what they had to say about the strategic blueprint.

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Looking Forward — with an Eye on the Founders’ Vision Lancaster County’s Amish farmers couldn’t furrow their fields if their plow horses headed off in different directions. At Garden Spot Village, the strategic blueprint functions as a roadmap to the future and helps keep teams on track. “Without a roadmap, you do not really know where you are headed, nor will you know when you have arrived,” says Mike Cormany, a former cost analyst and accountant who has lived with his wife, Carol, at Garden Spot Village since 2003 and serves on both the resident finance committee and the board of directors. “The plan allows Garden Spot Village to know in what direction to go and aids in achieving those goals in a timely manner and with clarity — with all the horses pulling in the same direction.” Of the plan’s five initiatives, the one that resonates the most with him is the “plan to expand the Garden Spot Village commitment to socio-economic diversity,” which he believes is in keeping with the founders’ vision. “Combining the need for financial stability for the organization with the need to reach out to the community at large has been a delicate balancing act that has been done with admirable expertise by our current CEO, Steve Lindsey,” Cormany says. “We look forward to many more successful years as residents of Garden Spot Village.”

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Strategic Plan as Good Stewardship A former business executive, Bob Winegardner understands the importance of having a solid strategic blueprint for keeping an organization on track, particularly in the event of a change in personnel. “The plan would continue. The person following would have a roadmap to follow, he says. Having a focus is also good stewardship of human resources. The board and leadership team are focused on five initiatives, “instead of looking at 50 things across the horizon,” he says. “The time of the board and administration is a resource not to be wasted.” Although he has reviewed the plan, he’s not concerned about the particulars. “I trust the administration. I feel comfortable that everything they have done since the beginning has worked, and it has been for the best of Garden Spot Village and the general community,” says Winegardner, who has lived here since 2004 and has served on the Resident Finance Committee. “Garden Spot Village is where it is today because of planning and looking into the future and what is best for our residents. People can be assured that the same planning, care and philosophy are going to be continued. We’re not suddenly going to make a left turn. You have to look at what the administration and board have accomplished. Look at where we were in 1995–96. Where did we get from there? That was all part of the planning,” he says. “The mission hasn’t changed, and the strategic plan fits within that mission. The mission is the driver of the plan.”

Holding Fast to Faith-based Roots Ken Sensenig hopes that people will read and reread the strategic plan, taking time to absorb and digest it. “There’s a lot in it, a lot of new thoughts for the future,” says Sensenig, who owned and operated Sensenig Feed Mill in New Holland before he and his wife, Sandy, moved to Garden Spot Village. When he read it, “the first thought I had was ‘WOW!’ ” What he likes best about the strategic plan is that it shows that the leadership and board of directors are “all in good communication and agree to agree on what is most important to move forward.” It’s also vital because it provides a framework for the community to continue to operate according to the faith-based values upon which it was founded. The initiative that resonates most with him is establishing a consultancy. “During my business experience, I always tried to consult with knowledgeable people for advice,” he says. It makes sense that others would have confidence in Garden Spot Village as a source of experience and insight. During the five years Sensenig has lived here, he has seen changes that he calls “great and exciting,” but acknowledges that not everyone embraces change readily. He hopes that those who have concerns will keep in mind the wisdom of Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” 36 D estination Spring 2016

A Vision that Benefits Everyone The strategic blueprint “shows me that Garden Spot Village has a vision for the residents within our community as well as those beyond our campus. I’m happy to be a part of that, even if I weren’t on the board,” says Elma “E.J.” Rittersbach, who has lived here since 2008 and joined the board of directors in 2012. “I’m pleased to see that this community is forward thinking.” Rittersbach says Garden Spot Village is already making good progress on the plan. “The minute the board set these five initiatives, the leadership team and management were off and running,” she says. “By the next board meeting, they had already put steps in place and taken action on a lot of them.” All five of the strategic initiatives are important, but the one that is closest to her heart is the one focused on socio-economic diversity. Since last April, she has participated in the steering committee for the cooperative living house that Garden Spot Village is planning. “I see the real need for this type of home to be built,” she says. Once completed, the project could serve as a template for churches and other organizations to develop housing for older adults of various income levels. “We’re groundbreaking in that regard as well,” she says.

A Solid Foundation for Continued Success “I think it’s outstanding that they have a strategic plan,” says Mike Weinhold, an accountant and financial planner who moved to Garden Spot Village with his wife, Cindye, in 2010. In his 50 years as a consultant, he has helped many businesses develop succession plans. “I’ve learned one of the more important things that successful companies have is a long-range plan or vision — and that describes Garden Spot Village. It’s a tribute to their board and CEO. They’ve identified the right people for the right job, allowing them to do their thing and making sure they’re accountable. That has filtered through the ranks.” No single one of the strategic initiatives resonates with him more than any of the others. “I keep looking at the bigger picture,” he says. “The fact that they put so much insight into setting up their vision — that’s the biggest thing I get out of this. Not only has Garden Spot Village been successful, but they have established a tremendous vision to continue to be successful, and they’re doing it. I think the best is yet to come.” Spring 2016





Meet Village Voices Stroll down the corridor on the third floor of the Garden Towers on a Friday morning and you just might hear the sounds of people doing something good for their minds, their bodies and their souls. That would be singing.

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“Music in and of itself is an excellent mind stretcher. It requires a great deal of concentration. It uses muscles we’re not used to using, like our diaphragm, and requires correct posture. And being part of a musical group has always been a wonderful way to extend friendship and to utilize the talents that God has given us,” says Mickey Adams, who moved to Garden Spot Village in September 2013 and two years later volunteered to serve as director of Village Voices, the community chorus. Many musicians find meaning and purpose for their own lives when they can share their gifts to enrich the lives of others. Singing along with a group of people who enjoy it as much as you do is truly special. Village Voices provides a wonderful opportunity for those who experience a sense of fulfillment through music. The chorus sings at the Live Nativity at Christmas time, on Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Good Friday and other occasions, and puts on a concert each spring at Garden Spot Village. Sometimes they sing at life celebrations, by request, and at The Community Church. The group also performs off campus, at neighboring retirement communities and other venues.


Village Voices was founded about 15 years ago. “When I became director of life enrichment in 2001, one of the first requests I received from residents was to start a choir. I enjoy singing, but I cannot direct a chorus,” says Colleen Musselman. That task involves researching music, putting programs together and teaching songs to the members. “Over the ensuing years, we have been blessed by the expertise of several directors, including both residents of Garden Spot Village and community members,” she says. Today, the chorus has about 60 members, including an assistant director, a librarian, a secretary/ treasurer and two accompanists. Many have sung in church choirs all their lives, as well as various community choirs and professional groups, such as the Barbershop Harmony Society, Sweet Adelines and Lancaster Chorale. But a love of singing is more important than a trained voice. In fact, the only requirements for

membership are a desire to sing and a willingness to commit to attending weekly rehearsals. “We’re always open to new members, and we love to have new ideas and suggestions,” Adams says. “It’s wonderful if prospective new members can read music, but not everyone does. It’s safe to say that everybody in the group loves to sing, we enjoy being together and we enjoy performing, too.” SINGING A NEW TUNE

Sacred music comprises most of the Village Voices’ repertoire, although the chorus is beginning to branch out into more genres. “Patriotic music, folk music, popular classics like Nat King Cole and the Beatles — a little bit of everything,” Adams says. “It’s a new venture to move in that direction.” The group is currently rehearsing new songs in preparation for a concert on campus in May titled The Music of Our Lives, featuring music from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. “We’ll do songs like ‘Over the Rainbow,’ some big band sounds and a medley called ‘Back to the 50s’ and some sacred pieces, too, like ‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand’ and ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness,’ ” she says. Members have expressed an interest in forming a barbershop group, and other spin-offs are a possibility. “It’s a very democratic organization.” What’s more, members always have a song in their hearts as well as on their lips. PLEASE JOIN US

Village Voices Spring Concert: The Music of Our Lives WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7pm WHERE: the Chapel at Garden Spot Village Open to Garden Spot Village residents, family, friends and the general public.

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John S. Backof, DDS serving the community since 1987

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Team photo courtesy of Backof Family Dentistry

Backof Family Dentistry John S. Backof, DDS, and Melissa Della Croce, DMD, specialize in smiles — and they create them in more ways than one. They not only provide dental health care, but they also emphasize patient-centered service. “We hold strongly to our relationships,” Dr. Backof says. “We have patients from 3 years to 103. We have several generations of one family from the great-grandmother on down — over 50 patients from the same family. I think patients understand that we really care about them personally beyond their dental issues.” A MENTOR AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE

Backof has been a dentist in Lancaster County since 1987, but the roots of his New Holland practice go much deeper. In 1931, Herbert Poole, DDS, established a dental practice above the New Holland Theater. In 1946, he moved it to its current location on Main Street in the borough’s historic district, and a few years later he partnered with Rod Stauffer, DDS, who continued with the practice after Dr. Poole’s passing and who now lives at Garden Spot Village. A West Point graduate, Backof attended Temple University School of Dentistry and eventually came to work with Dr. Stauffer. “He was a great mentor to me. He treated me like a son from day one,” Backof says. “He’s such a kind man, very deeply spiritual. He’s one of those human beings people should try to emulate. I feel honored that our paths crossed when they did.” In 2008, Melissa Della Croce, DMD, joined the team. A fourth-generation dentist, she is also a Temple Dental grad, as is Andy Sieger, DMD, who recently joined the practice. In addition, the practice has four dental hygienists, four dental assistants and front desk staff. “We have a great staff, in every decade of life from their 20s to their 60s, with a myriad of experience,” says Backof. “Several employees have been here over 20 years.” ADVANCED DENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Although the practice has a long history, it has an eye on the future. New materials, equipment and computer technology have advanced dentistry, and the practice stays ahead of the curve. Years ago, they were one of the first practices in the area to switch to digital X-rays, which provide better quality

images with less radiation exposure. “We stay on top of all new and emerging technologies, and we all are committed to continuing clinical education,” says Backof. Computers in every operatory give the staff instant access to the patient’s X-rays and other records, and patients can schedule their next cleaning visit on the spot. Since 2010, the practice has been included in topDentists™, a peer-recommended listing of the best dentists in the country. For restorative work, they partner with the area’s best oral surgeons to place dental implants and use labs that take advantage of sophisticated computer-aided design in order to fabricate crowns and bridges. For complicated interdisciplinary care, “we have great relationships with phenomenal specialists who trained at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,” he says. Although most patients come to the Main Street office, when that’s not possible, the practice is equipped to do basic diagnostics and treatments on campus. “We can do simple procedures like adjusting dentures or assessing patients and getting them to the right spot.” Many friends of the practice now live at Garden Spot Village, and Backof and his team are committed to doing the best for them as well as for patients who are new to the practice from Philadelphia, Wilmington, New Jersey and other points beyond New Holland. “Most of them have had successful lives and raised families. They looked after themselves over those years and have had good dental work done,” Backof says. “When they come to us, we look at it as an honor and a privilege to help them maintain that work.” Read More:

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Charitable IRA Rollover Rule Becomes Permanent INDIVIDUALS WHO DONATE TO CHARITY DIRECTLY FROM THEIR RETIREMENT SAVINGS NO LONGER HAVE TO WONDER WHETHER THEY’LL HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON THE GIFT. A federal budget bill passed last December made Qualified Charitable Distributions from an Individual Retirement Account, or “charitable IRA rollovers,” permanent.

Under the terms of the provision, individuals ages 70½ or better can donate a portion of their required minimum distribution directly to charity. Although the charitable IRA rollover is not new, until recently it expired at the end of each year. The decision to renew for another year didn’t happen until December. “It was often way too late for people to make gifts to non-profits using distributions from IRAs,” says Linda Dodge, director of development at Garden Spot Village. Now, the uncertainty is gone. DISTRIBUTED BUT NOT TAXED AS INCOME

“My wife, Lee, and I have been doing it for a long time,” says Charlie Till, who lives at Garden Spot Village. “It gives you a tax advantage. I can save a lot of money that way, and if you save more money, you have more money to give.” Individuals are taxed on distributions from their IRA. With the charitable IRA rollover, the amount donated goes directly to the charity, but it still counts toward the total for the required minimum distribution. 42 D estination Spring 2016

“ People with larger IRAs who aren’t going to need them could do some philanthropy and it doesn’t cost them anything.”

“I don’t have to declare it as income to me, because it wasn’t. It was never actually in my hand,” says Anne Knepley, another Garden Spot Village resident who has used the charitable IRA rollover.

“I put down how much I’m going to give, the name of the place and my name, then I sign it and send it back,” Till says. The organization that administers the IRA sends a check directly to the non-profit and sends the donor a receipt.

For example, if someone’s required minimum distribution is $20,000, and they donated $5,000 through a charitable IRA rollover, they would only be taxed on $15,000. In contrast, if they took the entire $20,000, wrote a check to charity for $5,000 and took a tax deduction on their return, they might still have to pay a portion of the value of the donation in taxes. Depending on the individual’s tax bracket, those taxes could be $1,000. With the IRA charitable rollover, “those people with larger IRAs who aren’t going to need them could do some philanthropy and it doesn’t cost them anything,” Knepley says.

“I receive a check notification with the date, amount, purpose and to whom they sent the check,” says Knepley. At tax time, “I give that to the accountant.”


LEARN MORE: To learn about Qualified Charitable Distributions from an IRA or other ways to support the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, please contact Linda Dodge, CFRE, director of development, at 717-355-6215 or

Both Till and Knepley say that using the charitable IRA rollover is relatively simple. They let their accountant or financial advisor know what they want to do, and complete a form.

Individuals can use the charitable IRA rollover to donate to one or more non-profits in a given year. Like distributions, donations must be made by Dec. 31 of the current year — but now donors can give with confidence at any time of year, which gives them an even greater possibility to make a positive impact.


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PLAN YOUR FUTURE Garden Spot Unveils Sycamore Springs Floorplans GARDEN SPOT COMMUNITIES ARE ALL ABOUT LIVING WITH POSSIBILITY — and right now, 27 couples or individuals can have the opportunity to live at Sycamore Springs, the innovative 55 and over community across Kinzer Avenue on the 116-acre west campus. Floor plans and site plans are now available.

“These Craftsman-style detached homes will feature built-ins, gas stoves, open staircases and generous windows to flood the interior with light,” says Scott Miller, chief marketing officer at Garden Spot Village. The windows of each home will be offset so they don’t face the windows of neighboring homes. The two-bedroom, two-bath floorplans start at 1,300 square feet — about the size of a large cottage at Garden Spot Village. Some homes have an upstairs loft — a bonus room with a bath. Most have a two-car garage. Four of the houses have a garage and living space below grade due to the slope of the landscape; they each feature a master suite on the first floor and a spacious loft that includes a full bath, bedroom and a sunroom with generous windows on three sides. “All will have significant front porches, which could be equipped with ceiling fans and furnished to allow open-air living and socializing,” Miller says. “Imagine having coffee or reading on the porch, taking time to chat with neighbors walking by.”

The site plans call for two neighborhoods, of 11 and 16 homes. Porches will face common green spaces with walking paths, and garage access will be in the rear of each home. “We are bringing back that neighborly, small-town feel,” says Miller. FOUR FLOORPLANS WITH CUSTOM OPTIONS

Four styles will be available. In all four, the entry from the front porch provides immediate access to the living and dining areas and the kitchen. Two bedrooms, each with a private bath, and the laundry area are located in the rear of the home. Models with an upstairs bonus room have a third full bath. In most models, a breezeway connects the one- or two-car garage to the home. 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. “People can make the kinds of choices they would with any new construction — cabinets, flooring, bathroom fixtures, kitchen hardware, etc.,” says Miller. Sycamore Springs will have the same financial model as Garden Spot Village, with an entrance fee and a variety of financial plans to choose from. Entrance fees at Sycamore Springs are expected to start at $295,000. A monthly fee covers ongoing utilities and lifestyle services, including lawn maintenance, snow removal and repairs, and access to all the other facilities and services available through Garden Spot Village. “The front porches at Sycamore Springs are gathering places — and gateways to a vibrant community of people who are embracing new opportunities to live with purpose and meaning,” says Miller. “We invite you to come join us.” For more information, e-mail a request to Read More:

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Seeds of a Bright Future

Strategic Blueprint Stands on a Strong Foundation

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THE GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE STRATEGIC BLUEPRINT INVOLVED INPUT FROM RESIDENTS, MANAGEMENT, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND TEAM MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATION. The result of a months-long planning process that took place in 2014, it positions Garden Spot for the future — but the groundwork for this forward-looking plan was laid decades ago, in the vision and values of the founders.


The impetus for Garden Spot Village came from Victor F. Weaver, a local Mennonite who envisioned a place for older adults in New Holland. “Victor would often say that he would like to have an assisted living community in New Holland. I remember him saying that he didn’t want it to be an old peoples’ home. He wanted it to be part of the community,” says Mel Mitchell, a Garden Spot Village resident who worked at Weaver Chicken for 45 years.

began to struggle with the proper name for the community and to develop a mission statement,” writes Ken Wendel, a resident who maintains the Garden Spot Village archives.

“I always admired Victor’s values. He never deviated from what he believed in,” Mitchell says. “He was one of the most honest businessmen I’ve ever known. He didn’t cut corners, and he didn’t compromise.”

“If Victor could see it, I think he’d be very happy with what has happened here,” says Mitchell. “I think it’s the kind of vision he would have had.”

Victor Weaver passed in 1989, while his vision was still in the early discussion stages. His son, Dale, took up his father’s dream and joined the planning committee. In June 1990, he held an exploratory meeting to discuss developing a community along Route 23. Those present became the original board members. “At this very first meeting, they

They decided on a name, inspired by the location in the garden spot of Lancaster County, and a mission: “To enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love.” Today, Garden Spot Village is a vibrant community where people embrace opportunity and make a difference in the world.

Steve Lindsey, chief executive officer, once asked Dale if the community turned out the way Victor would have envisioned. Dale responded that nothing like Garden Spot Village existed during his father’s lifetime. Years later, standing in the Village Square, Dale told Lindsey, “Garden Spot Village has been done with excellence. I think my dad would be pleased with how it turned out.” Spring 2016




The founders’ stamp is evident in the strategic plan’s initiatives. For example, the socioeconomic diversity initiative is an extension of Victor Weaver’s desire to help others. “I know he always had a lot of concern for people who were underprivileged,” says Mitchell. “Part of that was in the vision of the retirement village.” “The mission statement is not designed to meet the needs of a select group of people,” says Lindsey. “How do we stretch ourselves and live out our mission with a broader group? The cooperative living house comes out of a desire to be mindful of people who are at an income level that couldn’t necessarily afford to live at Garden Spot Village. How do we serve them?” The founders were entrepreneurs who would applaud the sustainable business model initiative. In 1937, Victor Weaver took 17 chickens from his Blue Ball farm to market outside of Philadelphia. Over the next several decades, he built Weaver Chicken into a regional leader. His son shared his business acumen. “Dale was very much a pragmatist,” says Lindsey. “He understood that if Garden Spot Village was going to survive, it had to function in a sustainable way. We had to break even or make a small surplus every year. He was always an advocate of, ‘Let’s think about this from a business perspective.’ Today, we talk about being a business ministry — a sustainable ministry that continues to do good in the lives of the people we serve because we are being good stewards of the resources we’ve been given.” Victor embraced innovation as well. “We were probably ahead of most of the industry developing ideas for poultry. We were one of the first companies to develop the boned chicken cutlet that you could put in a sandwich,” Mitchell says. “Their new products were revolutionary game changers in the chicken business,” Lindsey says. “Looking over the horizon and anticipating what’s next, and opening the boundaries of what’s possible were things that Dale was all about. He certainly got that from his father.”

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When Lindsey first joined the organization, he had a conversation with Dale Weaver about the organization’s vision statement, which was “to become the preferred retirement community in Eastern Lancaster County.” At the time, Garden Spot Village had about 400 residents and was making a name for itself in the area. Lindsey asked if there might be something more to the vision.

The fifth initiative is to leverage the Garden Spot Experience — that special feeling that makes life at Garden Spot Village unique. In a sense, it is about understanding the brand — another lesson from Victor Weaver, who built such a strong brand with Weaver Chicken that its products are still found in frozen food cases today. “Although Tyson Foods bought the company, they continued the Weaver Chicken brand,” Mitchell says.

“Dale thought for a few minutes, very reflectively. You could see the wheels turning,” he says. “Then he looked up and said, ‘You’re right. There’s no reason that Garden Spot Village can’t speak to the way that older adults are served all around the world. How can we have a voice in that?’ ” That is the vision behind the consultancy initiative. At the time of that conversation, “Garden Spot Village had been in existence about five years. The idea that a fledgling organization could have a voice and influence was almost mind boggling,” Lindsey says. “Flash forward 10 years, and we’ve had an opportunity to do just that.” Garden Spot Village has been involved in projects developed between Pioneer Network and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to move person-centered care forward. Team members have participated in the Life Safety Task Group and the Facility Guidelines Institute’s Health Guidelines Revision Committee, focused on safety and building codes for healthcare facilities, and a Dining Task Force to create possibilities for more person-centered dining environments. The skilled nursing households have hosted peer groups from across the country and around the world to share their experiences in implementing person-centered care. Like Dale’s statement, Garden Spot’s wish to share acquired knowledge “comes out of a position of great humility, out of an intense desire to serve and a vision of changing the way older adults are served and valued,” Lindsey says. “The discussions we’re having with others has led to the idea of developing a consultancy, not out of a sense of pride, but from a recognition that we’re learning, making mistakes and learning from them, and growing. Let’s expand the discussion and share it with others. Lots of organizations hit on things that work well, and they become closely guarded secrets. We’re about trying new things and being generous with the lessons we’re learning.”

“The whole ‘Garden Spot Experience’ comes out of Dale and his father,” Lindsey says. “It’s a focus on community and a value placed on the community experience. It’s a recognition that we are created to be social beings. As such, community is a natural and positive way for us to live.” The opportunities for service that are so much a part of the Garden Spot Experience are also “right out of the Weaver family,” he says. “Just the fact that this place exists is a sign of their desire to give to the community. They believed that the right thing to do is to use resources in order to serve the larger community. What a gift of legacy Dale left us by sharing in a very humble way his heart and his passion for this community.” From on-campus concerts, lectures and support groups that are open to the general public, to Making A Difference Committee programs and other local service projects, to overseas mission trips and much more, fostering situations to engage with the larger community are an integral part of the Garden Spot Experience. It’s an experience where people find meaning, purpose and a sense of fulfillment. The strategic plan positions Garden Spot to continue on this path, and to expand its reach, in the years to come.

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Things To See & Do MARCH




“Stepping Through Thyme” is the theme of this year’s Pennsylvania Garden Show of York, with displays, demos and more. For residents.


“Explore America” and the nation’s horticultural landscape on a bus trip to this year’s PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. For residents.


Local author, Janice Brown, leads us in a teaching on God's Blessings of Joy in Suffering. For residents and the public.


Creativity knows no age limits — low or high — as we put brush to canvas. For residents and the public.


Get in touch with your inner artist and go home with a beautiful painting. For residents and the public.


Enjoy a bagpipe performance by Thompson McConnell & Family. 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+.


See the sights in the nation’s capitol and then enjoy a view of the city from the comfort of a glass-enclosed cruise ship on the Potomac. For residents.

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

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USA Track & Field-certified 26.2-mile marathon and half-marathon for runners and walkers. See For residents, guests and the public.


Enjoy an afternoon of light entertainment featuring the talents of Garden Spot Village residents. For residents and staff.


Learn about Amish burial beliefs and practices through this educational program organized by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. For residents and the public.


The 2015–2016 concert series concludes with a performance by Portal Percussion. 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 opportunity to learn about more than 60 local businesses. For residents and future residents.


Lecture offers insights for a greater appreciation of musical masterworks. For residents.


An intergenerational sharing and learning experience. For residents, staff and their children.


This talented group of young adults entertains with a selection of classical and sacred music. For residents.





Day trip to Maryland’s Sandy Cove Ministries for lunch and Seasoned Citizens Day. For residents.


Learn more about forgiveness and healing in the Amish community 10 years after the shootings at the Nickel Mines school. For residents and the public.


Dispose of documents and papers safely and securely. For residents and the public.


Learn more about the Amish and the media through this educational series organized by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. For residents and the public.


Enjoy high tea and each other’s company. For residents and guests.


Honor those who have joined the 90-plus Birthday Club. For residents.


Spend a day exploring Inner Harbor and seeing other sights in this seaport city. For residents.


Popular speaker series provides a chance to get to know the history, beliefs and customs of local churches and congregations. This year explores Reformation-era movements. 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+.

Popular speaker series provides a chance to get to know the history, beliefs and customs of local churches and congregations. This year explores Reformation-era movements. For residents and the public.


Annual bicycle event to benefit the Lancaster Farmlands Trust begins and ends on campus. For residents, guests and the public.


Enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch, taking each course at a different location, on this day trip to Maryland. For residents.


Enjoy delicious food and delightful entertainment at this covered-dish outing. For residents.


Annual community-wide sale offers bargains on household items, crafts, books and more. For residents, guests and the public.


Popular golf outing benefits the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, which supports residents who need financial assistance. For residents, guests 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+.


Award-winning intergenerational program offers a host of favorite activities to bring back memories and create new ones. For residents and grandchildren.

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Things To See & Do JULY






Garden Spot Village joins the local community in celebrating all things musical. Concerts Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, July through August. Shuttle service provided for residents. Wellspan Community Hospital presents a program of health and current medical issues. For residents and the public.


Enjoy a practically perfect musical when we take in a stage show based on the classic Disney movie Mary Poppins. For residents.


A delicious event provides a sweet time to socialize. For residents, their families and future residents.


Travel with friends to local eateries. A new discovery, monthly. For residents.


Tour formal gardens, conservatories and fountains and take in a musical theater performance by the Brandywiners. 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+.


Join us for an afternoon of baseball when the Barnstormers play the Sugar Land Skeeters at Lancaster. For residents.

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Garden Spot Village joins the local community in celebrating all things musical. Concerts Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, July through August. Shuttle service provided for residents. Join in singing favorite old-time hymns. For residents.


Monthly programs feature educational programs by local businesses, public figures and residents. For residents.


Enjoy an outstanding musical performance by the talented pianist Yong Murray. For residents.


Garden Spot Village shows its support for those who give so much of themselves in service to others. For residents and volunteers.


Help those in need while serving lunch at Water Street Ministries. For residents.




Unravel the mystery as Servant Stage Company brings the world’s greatest detective to life. For residents and the public.


Cruise on the historic Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore aboard a sternwheel riverboat. For residents.


Enjoy a meal and a musical love story when we see Yeston & Kopit’s Phantom. For residents.


A polka party with music, food and polka dancing. 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+.


Kick off the New Holland Farmers’ Fair in style with a parade through the borough that celebrates the Lancaster County lifestyle. For residents.

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

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145 WEST MAIN STREET, NEW HOLLAND, PA • 717.354.0444 • GROFFECKENROTH.COM R. Fred Groff, III, Supervisor

Visit our two other Locations: Beck Funeral Home, Inc. 315 EAST MAIN STREET NEW HOLLAND, PA 717.354.2227 BECKFUNERAL.COM Sven E. Miller, Supervisor

Loren E Bender, Supervisor Branch location of Groff-High Eckenroth Funeral Home, Inc.



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R. Fred Groff, III


Loren E. Bender

C. Stanley Eckenroth Home for Funerals

Hear for yourself

April is Trade-In Month!

Trade-in your current hearing aids for new devices at a discounted price.

Come in during the month of April for our Trade-In Event! Call (717) 925-6112 today to schedule your appointment.


FREE Hearing Aid Cleaning Hearing Screening Expires 4/30/16

New Holland 654 E. Main St., New Holland, PA 17557 Lancaster 1520 Commerce Dr., Lancaster, PA 17601 (717) 925-6112

Dr. Zoe L. Horan Audiologist

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RICHMOND HOUSE Bed & Breakfast Where Country Charm and Hospitality Await You 371 East Main Street New Holland, PA 17557 Dolores & Tim Walter, Innkeepers Will Garden Spot Village be your next home? Stay with us while you explore New Holland.

15% OFF

our regular rates to family and friends of Garden Spot Village residents.



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717.355.0450 or 866.279.7599

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, One Hour Photo Lab, H2O to Go, Gift Shop & Petal Perfect Flower Shop.

- Store Hours -

Monday-Saturday: 7am-9pm, Sunday 8am-5pm

- Store Hours -

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


12 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA 17557


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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* Courtesy Shuttle Service * Wide Variety of Pre-Owned Vehicles for Sale 501A E. Main St. New Holland, PA

* Courtesy Vehicles

Serv:717.354.8505 Sales:717.354.8808

* We service all makes and models * CourtesyOpen Shuttle ServiceMon-Sat 24 HouRS

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Serv:717.354.8505 TRY OUR AUTOMATIC* We service all makes and models Sales:717.354.8808 TOUCHLESS & SOFT TOUCH CAR WASHES!

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* Courtesy Shuttle Service When It’s Time to Begin the Next Chapter of Your Life… We will be there for Variety you! of Pre-Owned * Wide Vehicles for Sale

501A E. Main St. New Holland, PA

* Courtesy Vehicles

Serv:717.354.8505 Sales:717.354.8808

* We service all makes and models

321 East Main St New Holland PA


* Courtesy Shuttle Service

717.354.HOME (4663)

* Wide Variety of Pre-Owned Vehicles for Sale

Fulfilling Dreams for Three Generations 501A E. Main St. New Holland, PA Serv:717.354.8505 Sales:717.354.8808 HostetterLehman Group

* Courtesy Vehicles

Your Hometown Realtors * We service all makes and models ...because we live here too! Call Greg or Carol today to schedule your free consultation.

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

Ruth Carey-Hench, LPN, LMT Massages for Garden Spot Village residents & employees, every other Monday morning & Wednesdays in Gardens South Clinic Room 1. $46 per hour. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Sessions are paid at time of service. Cash & Check Only

Low interest rates getting you down? Let’s talk. Allen Wessel

Financial Advisor .

201 East Main St New Holland, PA 17557 717-354-4879

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

Member SIPC

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Shop the area’s largest furniture store, located right in your own back yard! Next to Goods CELEBRATE WITH US Store DURING at Shady of Maple 15 Days Home


Come in and take 15% OFF

MANY STYLES AND SELECTIONS FOR our already reduced prices YOU TOon CONSIDER - MADE IN THE USA, any and all items in the store! SAVE UP TO A TOTAL 40% OFF COUNTRY original prices! CANADA ANDOFAMISH

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WellSpan Expands Cardiovascular Care in Lancaster County

Patrick Fitzsimmons, MD Interventional Cardiologist

WellSpan Cardiology formerly Heart Specialists of Lancaster County Ephrata, Lancaster, New Holland 717-291-0700

For more information or a referral, call (800) 840-5905, or visit (800) 840-5905 • Spring 2016



State Representative

Dave Zimmerman Serving the residents of Eastern Lancaster County Contact us for assistance with any state government related matter

District Office 127 Peters Rd., New Holland, PA 17557 717-556-0031 717-556-0034 fax Satellite Office Hours First Tuesday Each Month Ephrata Area Rehab Services 300 West Chestnut St., Ephrata, PA 17522 717-556-0031

 House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee  House Local Government Committee  House Human Services Committee  House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee

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








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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Better. Faster. More Affordable.

A DRIVE FULL OF PEACE IS A CAR FULL OF JOY. The MICHELIN Premier family of tires gives your family lasting peace of mind. You’ll get a luxurious ride and confident control on the road, so you can focus on the things that matter most. ®

COMPLETE CAR CARE FROM PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN TRUST • Tires & Tire Services • Oil Changes • PA State Inspection and Emissions • Manufacturer’s Scheduled Maintenance • Wheel Alignment • Transmission Services • Duracell® Batteries

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Fuel System Cleaning Brake Services Exhaust System Diagnostic Services Steering/Suspension Coolant Exchange Air Conditioning Custom Wheels

See us today for MICHELIN Premier tires for your car, minivan, SUV or truck.




We’re right around the corner next to Yoder’s! 728 East Main Street | 717.354.3193 | |

ELANCO Social Services Network


Committed to serving our communities. Today and into the future.

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.

433 S. Kinzer Ave I 717.355.6055 I Fulton Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. Member of the Fulton Financial Family.

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

WE ARE WORKING to prevent hunger, help underprivileged children, and promote strong values and community bonds.

JOIN OUR MISSION: Contact us at 717.354.ESSN or email

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? Spring 2016



Look and Learn You’re Invited to


March 23, April 19, May 26, June 21, July 27 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+.

where all are welcome The Community Church at Garden Spot Village 717.355.6500


Frozen Bliss! Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème

Strawberries and milk are blended with ice and topped with a swirl of whipped cream. Sip on the crème of the crop.

Conveniently located in the Village Square at Garden Spot Village.



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weekly services

Sundays, 10 am






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 76 D estination Spring 2016