It was all laughter and smiles on August 1st at the Vriendschap Fair, as residents were able to play games to win prizes, get their faces painted, interact with animals, and even take a look at some tractors! While some were winning free ice cream cones at the games, a few residents and their family […]
As the temperatures rise during recent sweltering heat waves, Vriendschap Village residents took shelter indoors to enjoy the cool arctic blast of the air conditioning. We took advantage of the opportunity and decided it was the perfect occasion to celebrate Christmas in July! Residents and associates alike donned their festive apparel to get in the […]
Our annual Family BBQ has come and gone too soon! It is always great to spend time with friends and family, and get to know everyone else's as well. While we may have had a few rain drops at the beginning, the clouds held off for us during the event to make for a wonderful […]
In honor of National Caramel Apple Day, Vriendschap Village staff held a Watermark University class so residents could join together and create this sweet treat!
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 […]
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 […]
The following article was recently posted in the Pella Chronicle about our recent Thrive Dining™ event. To be directed to the article, please click here. Vriendschap Gets Taste of Cutting-Edge Senior Cuisine By Pat Finan, Editor PELLA - Chef Jeff Ross whetted appetites at Vriendschap Village on Aug. 23 for a new cooking method that […]
Vriendschap Village residents helped shuck corn to add to a summer meal. Fresh sweet corn just tastes better!
Nearly 200 happy guests arrived at Vriendschap Village on Tuesday, June 19th for the first annual Family Picnic. Everyone enjoyed delicious food from the grill, homemade ice cream from Jerry Bandstra and refreshing drinks all while listening to the Sully Big Band on in the courtyard. Residents, friends, and family complimented the great evening enjoyed […]
We welcome summer with our Family Picnic on June 19th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Residents are encouraged to invite family members to join us for a picnic meal of hamburgers, hot dogs with all the fixings and special homemade ice-cream for dessert. We will also have special entertainment by the Sully Big Band starting at […]
Vriendschap staff members Keri Bronemann, Demetria Stanbro and Kayla Haring helped bring a little taste of Mexico to our residents with their Fiesta! The ladies provided instructions and showed our residents how to make a delicious taco bake, chips and dip as well as margaritas, and gave them plenty of opportunities to taste. Thanks so much for […]
Vriendschap Village staff, residents and friends joined together to hold a Soup Supper with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Association. For a free-will donation, those in attendance got a great meal and conversation, and entertainment by the Living Water Quartet. It was a great night! Thanks to all who participated and attended.
Join us Thursday, March 22nd from 4:30pm to 6:00pm for a Soup Supper for our residents! Enjoy a hearty bowl of soup sure to hit the spot. Donations will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. There will be a concert of the Roozeboom Quartet following the supper at 6 p.m.
Residents and staff gathered together this week to celebrate all those who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in February. We were treated to red velvet birthday cake and ice cream ....YUM!!!!!
Residents and staff joined together to celebrate Valentine's Day in their own special way. First there was a Prime Rib lunch with all the fixings...Yum! Then in the afternoon we had a special Valentine's Day Party with sweet treats and entertainment by Russ Stravers. In the evening, residents watched a special Valentine's Day movie "The Lost Valentine" with popcorn […]
Vriendschap residents headed out to lunch over at Bubba-Q's. The food was delicious and the company was great!
Vriendschap Village hosted a Veterans Day celebration. We honored our 20 in-house veterans as well as friends and family that served or are currently serving in the military. We also invited area veterans and many joined us. We then had a cookie reception for all and a special lunch for Vriendschap Veterans their spouses and […]
Residents enjoyed a country ride to see new windmills near New Sharon and then had a lunch at Scooter's... delicious!
Watermark was recently featured on Senior Housing News in the article Dished: Hot New Trends in Memory Care published on July 25th, 2017. To view the article, please click here. Unintentional weight loss and unhealthy meals like chicken nuggets, fish sticks and French fries, all lacking any nutritional value, are a thing of the past. […]
Thrive Dining™ is a revolutionary dining program designed to restore the dignity and enjoyment of mealtime for individuals with cognitive or physical challenges. Thrive Dining™ features Watermark Communities’ Chef recipes and high quality, freshly prepared gourmet menu items, transformed into incredibly tasty, nutritionally balanced, protein packed meals. Watermark Chefs start by using the Grind Dining “patent-pending” […]
Vriendschap Village placed fourth in the 8th Annual Environments for Aging Remodel/Renovation Competition. The renovation of the Independent Living common areas, dining room, and entrance sought to merge the previously separated Independent Living and Assisted Living residents. The renovation brought the creation of a new café for residents complete with coffee, cappuccino, and meals to go. Read more […]
Our residents hit the road for a lunch outing, but did keep it local picking The Sports Page restaurant in Pella, Iowa. Thanks to the cooks and the service staff for making our trip so enjoyable.
We are thankful for a loving community of residents, dedicated staff and food to nourish our bodies. Enjoy the Holiday!
Residents are proud of their garden and love to share the fruits of their labor with our chef who includes them in daily meals.
If you haven't tried resident Juanita Den Adel's Dutch Letters, you are missing out. She is our resident expert in the Dutch pastry department and often holds sessions where you can learn how to make these famous pastries. Dutch Letters are giant-size pastries in the form of the alphabet. The baked to perfection flaky pastry surrounds […]