We had a lot of visitors come in around the holiday to make some crafts with The Gardens residents! Craft projects included glitter fireworks, centerpieces for the dining tables, bird houses and painted fireworks on canvases! We love to create things with our residents and look forward to displaying them afterwards. What are some of […]
Category: Life at Vriendschap
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 […]
Our Garden residents have been working away on more of the tie blankets for the NICU babies! We have finished two more, so we now have three total. We have a few more to go until we have reached our goal, but we should be finished in no time! One of our residents spent time […]
We love it when we can get individuals who love to sing and play music into our building to share their talents. Robert Slings was one of the many people we had come during the month of June. Robert says that he enjoys playing country music and wishes he was a cowboy! He will mix […]
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 […]
Every day we have a morning exercise class, and we have recently been running out of room for everyone! It is a great problem to have!! We have been inviting more and more people each week as we love to start the day off with a little exercise. We work on several different areas including […]
We had some visitors from the Angel Tree Camp come in and talk about all of the great things that Angel Tree does for the children that attend, and ways that we are able to give back and help! Angel Tree Camp helps children who have at least one parent incarcerated, and gives them an […]
We are all elated when the weather decides to cooperate and give us some much needed sunshine! Some of the Gardens residents spent the afternoon soaking up the sun and talking with each other about their days. We can't wait for more warm weather and nice days to come, especially with the annual Family BBQ […]
Starting last week a few of our Memory Care residents started a project to make tie blankets for a few NICU babies. The residents loved how soft the blankets are, and it made it that much more enjoyable to work on. While working on the blankets we talked about the difficulties that some of the […]
After our boxed lunch fundraiser had come to an end, we were ecstatic to realize we sold out of all 400 boxed lunches! We doubled our original goal that we had set for ourselves, which meant we were able to donate twice the amount we planned on to Crossroads of Pella! A few residents and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What goes together better than tea time and friendship? Not a whole lot! Vriendschap Village was turned into a quaint tea room by the Van Woerkom sisters (Bonnie, Karen, and Jan), for an afternoon tea. The sisters brought in all of the tea pots, saucers, and cups for the perfect setting. With a large group […]
Vriendschap Village was the life of the party on Monday to celebrate Cinco De Mayo! The residents indulged in some chips and salsa or queso, homemade churro chips, a few coconut cookies that actually came from Mexico and margaritas. Everyone chatted about their favorite salsa flavors, and took a few pictures with a sombrero that […]
Last week during Tulip Time, a local organization called Kiwanis Club dropped by to bring a favorite Dutch treat to our residents, POFFERTJES! For those that don't know what poffertjes are, it is a traditional Dutch batter treat that resembles small pancakes. They are typically served with powdered sugar and butter, and a local favorite […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
An Irish Dance Team from the Robert Thomas Dance Center in Des Moines visited Vriendschap Village to bring joy and share their talent this week. Thanks so much ladies, our residents really enjoyed it! Irish dance is rapidly growing in popularity in central Iowa, and the Robert Thomas Dance Center is meeting this demand by […]
Members from the King's Choraliers chorus visited Vriendschap Village during their recent tour. The King's Choraliers of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a male chorus comprised of men with diverse occupations, has roots dating back to 1950. The chorus was organized by Peter VandenBosch, who directed them for 23 years. The second director, Robert Talsma, a graduate […]
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 […]
Vriendschap Village residents got to forget about the cold of winter and snow on the ground while they made a beautiful spring floral arrangement during a recent Watermark University class. Julie Klyn, Vriendschap's Sales and Marketing Director, provided the flowers and the knowledge for those who registered and attended. Thanks so much Julie for sharing […]
We were very excited to host members of the Lads and Lassies Square Dancing group this week at Vriendschap Village. It was a great time by all and some of the staff and members even joined in.
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 […]
Vriendschap Village resident, Elfrieda DeHaai, once again astonished us with her knowledge of area history during our Colfax History class yesterday. Elfrieda had books of reference on hand as well as a display board with pictures about this town in central Iowa and several hotels in the area.
Vriendschap Village residents were swept with a wave of beautiful music yesterday afternoon by current and former members of the Pella High School Orchestra. Thanks so much for sharing your music and brightening our day!
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" […]
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, […]
We made sure all the residents here at Vriendschap Village knew they are all our special valentines as we held a special Valentine's Day Romantic Lunch for them. They had their choice of beef tips or chicken cordon bleu with baked potato, seasoned carrots and cheesecake for dessert. All the staff joined in to provide […]
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Vriendschap Village residents were entertained by a delightful play that was written, directed and performed by ladies of the First Reformed Church of Pella. The play entitled "How The Dutch Came To Pella" was about the trials and history of the founding of Pella, Iowa. Pella was founded in 1847 by 800 Dutch immigrants led by Henry […]
A recent Watermark University Class with Jo Heigele helped residents make some wonderful gifts for Valentine's Day. Jo helped attendees make plastic cubes full of valentines candy and a professional looking Valentine's Day card they would be proud to send anyone. Thanks so much Jo for getting us ready for Valentine's Day!
Lola Mae Klein, a Vriendschap Village resident for almost 12 years, celebrated her 95th birthday this week. Friends, family and most of her neighbors gathered together to celebrate this week. Lola, a lover of music and accomplished piano player had classical music at her party and had pizza for everyone. Lola is known in the […]
It was football watching fun this week as residents and staff joined together to watch the big Super Bowl game. Refreshments were provide by Vriendschap and residents brought their favorite dish to share.
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 […]
Our area will be experiencing extreme cold in the next few days with wind chills as low as 40 to 50 below zero. Vriendschap Village wants everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This […]
Sounds of piano and accordion filled the air this week at Vriendschap Village thanks to the ladies of Notes in Harmony. The crowd clapped and sang along as they played familiar favorites and hymns.
Resident Dan Nugteren, who is a former military pilot and current commercial pilot, recently shared what a commercial pilot's day is like. He showed several videos of flying and answered all questions from those who attended. Dan has been a pilot for over 30 years and has served as a colonel in the Air Force, an Air […]
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 […]
We love when our furry four legged friends Brutus and Mazie come to visit us. Pets can have such a positive impact on aging adults, significantly reducing pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue, improving their overall psychological state. However, when life events happen, that can change our ability to care for a pet’s physically demanding needs. At […]
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, […]
Residents and staff got out their favorite hats and had fun showing them off for each other.
Eden Youngberg, Director of Advancement and Marketing of The Well, came to Vriendschap Village for a presentation for a Watermark University class to discuss what The Well is and how residents and families can get involved. She had a power-point presentation with some videos and answered questions from the crowd. Thanks Eden for sharing your […]
Peoria Christian School students and staff made their annual trip to join with Vriendschap Village residents to sing Christmas carols and join together to share joy this holiday season. Thanks for the great memories again and we will see you next year!
A string quartet from local Pella musicians visited Vriendschap Village this season to share some beautiful arrangements of holiday favorites.
Students, staff and parents from Pella Christian Elementary School visited Vriendschap Village this holiday season to sing songs and spread cheer to our residents. Thanks so much kids for joining together with us.
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 […]
Vriendschap Village resident's hearts are full as they gave back this holiday season. Local families in need submit their information and "wish list" to Crossroads of Pella. Donors can then select an unnamed family to provide for. Residents were provided with a list of the family members sizes, needs, and wishes. Several residents were very […]
Watermark University (WU) strives to provide individuals with meaningful opportunities to learn, teach, grow and achieve wellness. Research shows that learning and keeping our mind active and sharp supports healthy aging. At Watermark Retirement Communities®, we are committed to encouraging our residents and associates to lead balanced lives, full of meaning and purpose and grounded […]
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.
Last week the Rozenboom Trio blessed us with their harmonies during a Christmas performance. Despite one of their vocalists being out recovering from being sick, their trusty piano player stepped in an didn't miss a beat! Thank you all for sharing your talents with us and we can't wait to have you back!
We continue add festive decorations to adorn our community for the holidays. Residents used their art skills to create beautiful paper snowflakes to decorate part of our building. They also made candy cane ornaments using pipe cleaners to put on our Christmas trees and decorate their individual apartments.
Students, parents and teachers from Pella home school, Classical Conversation, recently visited Vrienschap Village. They sang many popular Christmas carols for and with the residents and told the crowd what they wanted for Christmas. Thanks for visiting and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Residents from Vriendschap Village took a special trip recently to Jolly Holiday Lights in Altoona. The residents traveled on our bus and were surprised as they drove through the drive through light display. At the end of the trip they all got a special treat to remember the trip by... a holiday candy cane. We […]
Central students from Associate Professor of Music Mitchell Lutch recently came to share some holiday spirit and to get to know our residents. Students brought homemade cookies and treats and sat and sang Christmas carols with their new Vriendschap Village friends.
Residents greeted some canine friends during their visit this week. A lot of hugs were given and there were smiles all around.
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 […]
Members from the Sully Community Church joined together with Vriendschap Village residents this week to sing Christmas carols as Pastor Jerry shared a message about the true meaning of the season. Church members brought many goodies to share with the residents while they socialized. Thanks again for visiting us and making this an annual tradition!
Local classical guitarist, Jim Skrydlak, played a variety of tunes on his guitar for residents this week. Jim gave a quick description of all the pieces he played and a brief history behind them. We look forward to having him back again soon!
Vriendschap Village held their Watermark University class, Intergenerational Tea Tasting, by staff member Carol Hartog. Carol brought several loose leaf teas to share while educating us about the history and location of where the teas came from. Those in attendance, aged 7 to 90+ had a chance to taste the tea, have a cookie and […]
Vriendschap Village residents used colored paper, some staples, glue and some laughs as they helped create homemade ornaments that will help decorate our tree and our halls for this Christmas season.
Come join us on Tuesday, December 4th at 3:00pm as we welcome the Holiday Season with our annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree followed by our Deck the Halls Festival of Trees and Wreaths extravaganza. We will have a special sing-along, treats and madrigal singers for entertain. Contact the main office if you plan to attend!
We had a special hymn sing this week as volunteers and family members led a large group of Vriendschap Village residents and they sang together for over an hour.
The GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior) from 1st Church came to visit our residents. They performed a couple of songs and then brought some questions and got to know our residents and their biblical knowledge as they worked together to answer questions. Thanks so much for visiting us girls and we look forward to […]
Preschool children from the Creation Station in town came to visit residents of Vriendschap Village this afternoon. The children shared several songs with the "grandmas and grandpas" as they were described by the teachers to the students. The students wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas! Creation Station Christian Preschool is offered by […]
For 19 consecutive years, Watermark has proudly published a full-color wall calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. Featuring works submitted by Watermark residents from coast to coast, Expressions 2019 is sure to inspire creativity within everyone it reaches. Complimentary copies of Expressions 2019 are available for the asking while supplies last. Please call or […]
Roger Christians, brother of Vriendschap Village resident Mary Lou Heetland, and members of her family, came to entertain our residents this week with their songs and comedy in the German Oktoberfest style. Thanks you so much for the fun!
Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]
Central students and staff came to Vriendschap Village during their work day and helped clear out old bushes in the front entrance and plant tulip bulbs. They also helped move lawn furniture inside for the winter and reorganize the activity room. Thanks so much for your help Central, we appreciate you!
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 […]
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!
We loaded a bus full of Vriendschap Village residents and attended Pella Christian High School's presentation of the musical Oklahoma! The residents were all a "buzz" about the great singing, acting and dancing performances the students did in the show. Great job everyone ------ WE LOVED IT! The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 […]
Pete Verhey of Mobility Worldwide from Leighton Iowa gave a presentation about the PET carts that are peddled by hand. It provides mobility for many across the world. PET International is based in Columbia Missouri. They have 20+ branches across the country. There is a branch in Leighton Iowa. The focus of PET is to […]
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.
Joe and Lori King brought bluegrass sound to Vriendschap Village to share with our residents. Joe is a great guitarist and Lori is a great vocalist and musician as well. We really enjoyed the performance and look forward to having them back!
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 […]
Thanks to good friend Robin Braun, Vriendschap Village residents got to help decorate their doors and apartments for the fall season with wreaths last week. Robin helped residents use wooden hoops and then glue on fall flowers, leaves and other decorations. Everyone who attended left with a wreath. Some went on doors, in apartments and […]
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 […]
Entertainer Robert Slings (Have Guitar, Will Travel) from Prairie City joined together with residents this week for some singing and story sharing. Bob sang several gospel and old time hymns which the crowd joined in on and then sang several country tunes. After the performance, he sat and talked with several friends that are residents. […]
Wendy Street, Pella Public Library Director, spoke with Vriendschap Village residents about the opportunities that are available through the library. Wendy talked not only about books, but educational programs, on-line resources and even checking out cake pans, tools and seeds to plant in your garden.
Vriendschap Village residents and staff headed to Pierce's Pumpkin Patch to get pumpkins to decorate and paint to display throughout the building.
This week, Vriendschap Village residents and staff traveled to Central College to enjoy the Flying Pans Alumni Steel Band 12th Annual Concert. The Flying Pans Steel Band is the only college ensemble in the country that plays steel pan drums. The instruments originated in Trinidad and Tobago, but the group doesn't limit itself to Caribbean […]
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, […]
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 […]
Watermark Retirement Communities was ranked among Fortune Magazine’s top places to work in Aging Services. We are proud to be part of Watermark and we thank our associates for bestowing this accolade on Vriendschap Village. Many of the companies featured on the list operate with fewer than 250 employees. Watermark employs over 5,800 thriving associates […]
The Real Beal's One-Man Band from Oskaloosa entertained residents this week for Active Aging Week. Jeff Beals played his one-man-band while his wife Nancy sang along. Residents and staff got a close look at the one-man-band and how Jeff plays. They sang and played a variety of music and got the crowd clapping and singing […]
As part of Vriendschap Village celebrating Active Aging Week, we held a Wii Bowling Tournament. We helped residents learn how to play and then held the tournament, promoting activity, playing the game, standing, sitting and cheering each other on. It was fun for all those that participated and attended!
Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest!
We were once again happy to host the members of Shepherd's Staff Quartet as they entertained us this week. Thanks gentlemen (and Nora) for entertaining us and spreading your positive message. We look forward to having you back!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.
Jessica Heath, Natural Resource Specialist (Park Ranger) USACE - Lake Red Rock, came to Vriendschap Village to talk to our residents about geocaching. Have you heard about the geocaching? It is a modern-day nature scavenger hunt. Participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" […]
The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With 20 different classes with everything from Sports Trivia to Flower Arranging to Marion County History to Intergenerational Tea Party and even Carmel Apple Making and Decorating, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]
Vriendschap Village welcomed Russ Stravers recently to our community for some lively entertainment. He delighted residents with his wonderful singing voice and stories of both joy and hope. Between songs, Russ spoke about some of the struggles he has had in life, and shared how his faith continues to make him strong daily. After the performance, residents had […]