Category: Life at Vriendschap

September 4, 2019

Crafting Meaningful Moments

Sometimes it can be difficult maintaining a close relationship with a loved one when they experience memory loss or dementia. The daughter of one of our Gardens residents, Mona, loves to come in and spend quality time with the residents. Making crafts, doing projects, or just simply playing a game with someone who is experiencing […]

July 8, 2019

4th of July Crafts

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 […]

June 21, 2019

2nd Annual Family BBQ!

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 […]

June 10, 2019

Sunshine and Smiles

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

May 13, 2019

Friendship Spring Tea

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 […]

May 7, 2019

Salsa, Margaritas and Queso!

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 […]

May 6, 2019

Dutch Treats

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

March 21, 2019

Irish Dancers Bring a Touch of Ireland to Vriendschap Village

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 […]

March 19, 2019

King’s Choraliers from Michigan Share Spiritual Music

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 […]

March 11, 2019

Getting Ready for Spring with Flower Arranging Class

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 […]

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 […]

February 15, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]

February 11, 2019

A Valentine’s Day Craft Guaranteed to Bring Smiles to Loved Ones

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!

February 8, 2019

Lola Mae turns 95!

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 […]

January 30, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips for Vriendschap Village and Area Residents

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 […]

January 17, 2019

Pet Therapy: The Remarkable Human & Animal Bond

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 […]

January 15, 2019

Giving Back – The Well Resource Center Educates & Inspires

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 […]

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 […]

December 18, 2018

‘Tis the Season for Giving – Vriendschap Village Sponsors Family in Need this Holiday Season

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 […]

December 17, 2018

Spring 2019 Watermark University Catalog

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 […]

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.

December 12, 2018

Holiday Crafting Corner: Paper Snowflakes & Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

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.

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 […]

November 28, 2018

Intergenerational Tea Tasting Brings Education, Understanding and Fun

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 […]

November 27, 2018

Join us December 4th – Annual Festival of Trees and Christmas Lighting

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!

November 15, 2018

A Special Visit from Creation Station Preschoolers

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 […]

November 14, 2018

Expressions 2019: Celebrating Active Aging and the Arts

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 […]

November 6, 2018

We Salute Veterans

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 […]

October 24, 2018

Mobility Worldwide – PET Carts and the Ministry Behind Them

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 […]

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.

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 […]

October 15, 2018

Fall Wreath Craft Project

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 […]

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 […]

October 11, 2018

Robert Slings Country & Gospel Performance Delights Crowd

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. […]

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, […]

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 […]

September 28, 2018

It’s Official – We are a Great Place to Work

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]