A Message from Alex Kiefer, President and CEO

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Posted on Thursday April 11th, 2019

The beginning of 2019 has been incredible for Lutheran Life Villages.  We have continued our positive momentum from 2018 and I am excited to announce two projects that will get underway in the coming weeks. 


First, Phase II of Project Connect and Renew will begin.  This phase of our $2.3M – multi-year capital improvement plan for the Village at Anthony Boulevard follows the remodel of Magnolia Place and Oak Terrace in 2018, together with significant mechanical system upgrades in the health center. 


Phase II entails both visible and behind the scenes improvements across the campus.

  The most visible improvements will be to Residential Living where the main entrance will be moved to the front of building 1.  In addition, the lobby will be remodeled together with the Village Inn.  This is a $640,000 project.  Commitments to date from individual donors and foundations for this project, together with our capital budget, total $610,000.  From April 1 – June 30, we are conducting a capital campaign to raise the final $30,000 for this project.  Donations should be designated to the 2019 Residential Living Project.  Click here to see additional renderings of the upcoming project.  We expect to begin this project in late summer 2019 upon completion of the capital campaign.


In addition to the new entrance and renovations in Residential Living, behind the scenes work will also be completed on the campus.  We will complete roof replacements and mechanical system upgrades for Assisted Living and Healthcare while also completing mechanical system upgrades in residential living.  2019 will again be a busy year at The Village at Anthony Boulevard as we continue to reinvest in our community and the well-being of our residents and staff. 


Second, I am excited to announce that on May 9, Lutheran Life Villages will break ground for Piper Trail, the first Pocket Neighborhood community for active adults age 55 and over in the Midwest.  When completed, Piper Trail, located behind Bandidos on Illinois Road, will contain 48 cottages and be supported by a concierge, wellness staff and maintenance staff.  The first of its kind, this community will focus on a social model of wellness in combination with the Lutheran Life Villages tradition of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness support for residents, friends and family.  The clubhouse renovations are expected to be completed by early fall and we plan to welcome our first residents by the end of 2019. 


Both Project Connect and Renew and Piper Trail are possible because of the quality, strength and reputation of our entire organization.  The Village at Kendallville continues to impress with its leadership in quality and service.  The Village at Pine Valley continues to work with Parkview Regional Hospital to be a high quality partner in the Parkview High Performing Network.  The Village at Birchwood continues to reach new individuals for day services and also provide needed personal services for Residential Living at Anthony and in our community.  Finally, with the renovations and consolidation of the healthcare services at The Village at Anthony, we are poised for success as we tackle Phase II to continue our reinvestment in our community, our residents and our staff.


Thank you for your continued dedication to Lutheran Life Villages. It is because of your support that we are able to achieve so much!

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