Posts by: Lisa White

July 2, 2019

Working Together for a Beautiful Outcome

Our flowers are blooming outside and our campus is looking gorgeous. Special thanks to wonderful residents and our dedicated Director of Maintenance. Just this morning, Evelyn and Margaret were on their knees working in the mulch planting more flowers and in The Gardens, our Memory Care neighborhood. You could hear the buzzing from Tyler Vander […]

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May 23, 2019

Vriendschap Village Hosts 2nd Annual Family Barbecue on June 18th

Join us Tuesday, June 18th 2019 from 4:45pm–6:30pm for our 2nd Annual Family Barbecue. Bring along the whole family for a delicious barbecue dinner at Vriendschap Village. Feast underneath the evening sky in our beautiful community courtyard as you fill up on favorites, mingle with our wonderful residents and enjoy live music by Sully Big […]

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May 20, 2019

Vriendschap Village Residents Sell Boxed Lunches for a Cause

Friday May 17th was a busy morning at Vriendschap Village! The boxed lunches were being sold as a fundraiser for two young children through Crossroads to help them go to camp this summer. The residents all chipped in alongside the staff and put together the boxed lunches for our fundraiser. These lunches included Pella bologna […]

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May 16, 2019

Good Times Continue with this Month’s “Ladies Day with Lisa”

The ladies were at it again! Yesterday Vriendschap Village ladies traveled with Executive Director, Lisa White, and chauffeur (aka front desk manager) Denise Van Dusseldorp, to Ellis Greenhouse in Lucas, Iowa to purchase beautiful flowers for our community. Ellis greenhouse is a family owned business that started from the ground up in 1968. Unlike the big box […]

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April 25, 2019

Vriendschap Village Welcomes New Community Life Director, Megan Bouska

We are pleased to introduce you to Megan Bouska, our new Community Life Director. Megan is a Central College graduate and lives in Pella with her husband. Megan is looking forward to getting to know everyone and spending time together! Outside of work she enjoys coaching a cheerleading program at PCM school district. She loves […]

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April 24, 2019

On the Road Again! This Time to Cantril’s Dutchman Store

Vriendschap Village residents loaded up yesterday morning and took a journey through the old highways to Amish Country in Cantril, Iowa. Believe it or not, this is one of the residents’ favorite places to visit. Denise drove the group over an hour to get there and my was it worth it. Our Dining Services Director joined […]

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April 12, 2019

Vriendschap Village Gardens Residents Give Back to the Community

Residents in The Gardens have begun Week One of a series of giving back to the community. For the next 4 weeks they have chosen to make home made dog treats for the Marion County Humane Society. Once they reach 200 treats they will hand deliver these yummy treats to the adorable adoptable pets at the […]

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April 12, 2019

The Blank Park Zoo Visits Vriendschap Village Residents

Yes, you read correctly! Yesterday the Vriendschap Village Management Team arranged for the Blank Park Zoo of Des Moines to bring the zoo to us. Four different animals came to visit and education was provided by the BPZ staff on each animal. “Making sure our residents continue to learn is a priority. All residents enjoyed the […]

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April 4, 2019

Residents Visit the Home of the Loose Meat Sandwich

Did you know that Maid Rite has been serving the oh so famous loose meat sandwich for 93 years? In 1926, a butcher named Fred Angell worked to get just the right combination of a special cut and grind of meat and a selected blend of spices. When a deliveryman tasted Fred’s new creation, he said, […]

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April 4, 2019

Gardens’ Residents Take a Country Ride to Monroe

Monday, Vriendschap Village’s Denise Vandusseldorp gathered all Gardens residents and chauffeured them on a nice country ride to Monroe. Residents stopped at the famous Jersey Freeze for a quick treat and headed out to a joy ride. Denise took residents to Lake Red Rock. Residents were happy to see the ice was melting and the […]

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April 3, 2019

Gardens’ Residents Make Burlap Bunnies

Each week residents in our Gardens Memory Care neighborhood work hard on a craft project. Yesterday the residents were busy making decor for Spring. Residents stuffed burlap bunnies, made bows, a pom pom tail, and added twine to display these lovely accents. Keeping residents active and engaged and continuing to work towards each resident’s strengths allow […]

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April 1, 2019

Vriendschap Village is Home to the Tulip Queen

Vriendschap Village is very proud to have the Queen living in our community! Lee Zylstra, who happened to turn 99 years old last week, is also Pella’s oldest living Tulip Queen. Lee was named Tulip Queen in 1940. Friday, the current Tulip Queen and her Duchess visited Vriendschap for a tribute to Lee and perform […]

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March 21, 2019

Ladies Adventure to the Botanical Center on “Ladies Day with Lisa”

This month, the ladies celebrated the first day of Spring on their Ladies Day with Lisa by visiting the Botanical Center in Des Moines. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a vibrant, seven-acre public garden in the heart of downtown Des Moines. With progressive design, innovative programming and dynamic exhibits, they offer opportunities for learning, […]

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March 18, 2019

Wine Down Wednesday Proves to be Good for Conversation

Lisa White, Executive Director, has began to host Wine Down Wednesday for Vriendschap Village residents. Twice a month Lisa purchases a new Iowa made wine for residents to taste from The Wijn House in Pella. Wines are paired with cheese or chocolate. This week, residents enjoyed tasting Red 52, a sweet red wine from Ardon Creek […]

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February 27, 2019

Vriendschap Village Hosts 1st Annual Chili Chili Bang Bang Cook-Off

On Tuesday, Vriendschap Village hosted their 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition. Our 3 judges scored each chili based on best taste, aroma, appearance, texture and overall favorite at the event. The judges included Jim Hibma from Crossroads of Pella, Dave Tornabane from Kindred at Home and Todd Smith from PRHC. 7 different residents and their families entered […]

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February 22, 2019

Doing Whatever it Takes to Make Residents Feel Special

It’s not everyday you will see your maintenance director in a suit, but our residents did! Tyler Vander Linden, Director of Maintenance, dressed in his best and stole the show on Valentine’s Day. Residents could not stop talking about how “sharp” he looked. Resident Rose N. referred to him as the “Dude of the Day” […]

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February 21, 2019

A Day of Rejuvenation – Ladies’ Day with Lisa

The incredible amount of snow fall and cold gusty winds didn’t stop the ladies from going to Special Nails and Spa on their February Ladies’ Day with Lisa. Each month, the ladies at Vriendschap Village can sign up to go on an adventure with Lisa White, our Executive Director. It’s always a TRUE ladies day, […]

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February 1, 2019

Sea of Red at Vriendschap Village Today!

Vriendschap Village’s Management Team and residents participated in “National Wear Red Day” by coming together to raise support of heart disease and sporting their red attire. Our experienced RN’s, Tonya Lawrence and Ashely Angelo, performed a presentation to all residents on the importance of heart health. “It is never too late to learn about ways […]

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January 22, 2019

Iowa Weather Brings Friends Together

With snow on the ground, and ice on its way, resident Kadell R. and Director of Maintenance, Tyler Vander Linden prepare the entry areas of Vriendschap Village by shoveling snow and spreading salt. Kadell took the lead by asking if there was an extra shovel. “You can often see Kadell greeting our guests and associates […]

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January 16, 2019

Ladies Day Adventures in Humeston, Iowa

Each month in 2019, the ladies of our community will be able to sign up and have a “Ladies Only Day” with Lisa White, Executive Director. Receptionist Denise Van Dusseldorp will be driving our bus and taking our ladies to various destinations. Today, Lisa and her ladies traveled to rural Humeston, Iowa. Founded in 1872, […]

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January 2, 2019

The Gardens Residents Love our Visiting Pets

December was the first month Vriendschap incorporated Pet Therapy as part of The Gardens program. Maintenance Director, Tyler Vander Linden, brought Brutus and Maizee to visit residents. “There is something about puppies that light up our world,” said Lisa White, Executive Director. Resident Mimi has always been afraid of these furry creatures, however today she could not […]

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December 17, 2018

Holiday Fun Week

The entire week is loaded with fun before the holiday for staff at Vriendshcap Village. Monday the management team provided a Pot Luck for care associates, and everyone participated in Pajama Day by wearing their cozy Pjs to work. Residents had a good chuckle, having to take an extra glance at the attire.

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December 6, 2018

Come Visit Our Winter Wonderland

Our building has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland this season thanks to the entire management team working hard, our Sales and Marketing Directors tasteful eye, and many helping hands of our own residents. The community of Pella was invited to join us on Tuesday for our Christmas Tree lighting celebration. Carolers worked their way […]

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October 31, 2018

Spooktacular Times at Vriendschap Village

Halloween was very special this year. The residents enjoyed seeing the entire management team and care associates dressed up. We even had a special performing act from residents Judy and Charlene during Halloween Bingo as they sang a special song about Friendship. Best dressed received gift certificates to their favorite local eateries. “There is never […]

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October 22, 2018

Resident Vivian has TALENT!

Vriendschap Village resident Vivian Glendening did a wonderful job hand painting adorable faces on these three pumpkins. Our Executive Director, Lisa White, assisted Vivian by shellacking them this afternoon. These pumpkins are proudly on display in our Vriendschap lobby. Stop in and see our beautifully decorated community.

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October 16, 2018

Vriendschap Village’s First Fall Fest was Fabulous

Vriendschap Village Management Team put together a Fall Fest Party on Monday evening and everyone was invited. 140 guests arrived and had a fabulous time.  Dining Services made homemade Chili, Vegetable Beef Soup, and Cheeseburger Chowder deliciously paired with Cinnamon Rolls. Fall cocktails and mocktails were enjoyed by all.  Entertainment was provided by the Sully […]

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October 12, 2018

Shhhhh… It’s a Surprise!

The Vriendschap Village Management Team was able to pull off a surprise Retirement Party for our dear Laura Van Dusseldorp. Julie Klyn, Sales and Marketing Director, planned the event with lots of fun games and surprises. All residents were invited and gave Laura their well wishes, many cards, hugs, and tears. Laura has been a great […]

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October 2, 2018

“Twinning” at Work

It wasn’t long ago that 5 members of the management team arrived to work wearing black and grey and no one else “received the memo”. Well today, these two ladies, Lisa White, Executive Director, and Juie Klyn, Sales and Marketing Director, managed to show up wearing the exact same outfit. No, they didn’t plan it, […]

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September 28, 2018

Vriendschap Village Hosts “Ciders and Sweaters” Event to Welcome Fall

Thursday evening the Vriendschap Village Team partnered up with A&P Pub, and hosted a Ciders and Sweaters event. Over 135 people gathered in our courtyard to hear live music from Notes of Harmony, our own Kitchen Band, and Jim Skrydlak on the guitar. Dining Services made homemade apple cider and hot chocolate along with delicious […]

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September 12, 2018

Road Trip through the Back Roads

The rain has finally stopped here in Pella and Vriendschap residents took advantage by loading up and going for a country ride this afternoon. Adam, our Community Life Director, and Lisa, our Executive Director, let our residents choose their destination northeast of town to look at the flooded Skunk River and the crop grounds on […]

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September 10, 2018

Grandparent’s Day Made Special at Vriendschap Village

This year at Vriendschap Village, Julie Klyn, Sales and Marketing Director, gathered photos from residents of and with their precious grandchildren and displayed them beautifully on our tree in the Assisted Living lobby. Lisa White, our Executive Director, handed out carnations to each resident in Assisted Living and Memory Care on Sunday morning, wishing everyone individually a Happy […]

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August 27, 2018

Des Moines Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Lisa White, ED, and Denise VanDusseldorp, Associate, attended the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the State Capital in Des Moines on Saturday morning August 25th. Over 2,600 people registered for this event. Lisa writes, “As you all know finding a cure for this devastating disease is something I hold very dear to my heart. Almost […]

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July 30, 2018

Gorgeous Weather and Great Company

The weather in Pella was amazing this morning, there was absolutely no humidity! We knew it wouldn’t last long, so Lisa, Executive Director and resident Thelma decided to advantage of it by enjoying some fresh air outside. The building looks beautiful with our flower beds maintained by our own resident gardeners!

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July 25, 2018

You’re Invited – Iowa State Fair!

We’re bringing our own version of the Iowa State Fair to Vriendschap Village and you’re invited to join the fun on Wednesday, August 1st from 2:30pm – 6:00pm. We’ll celebrate with local bands, a tractor display by the Red Rock Thrashers, farm animals, race cars, a quilt show and more. Enter the pie eating contest, peruse […]

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June 20, 2018

First Annual Family Picnic Named “Best Event in Years” by Residents

Thank you all for attending our first annual Vriendschap Village Family Picnic. The weather cooperated and the sun began to shine just before the burgers were flipped and the Sully Big Band began to play. Nearly 200 residents, families, and friends gathered to mingle and enjoy a great time. Looking forward to many more events […]

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