Category: Life at Vriendschap

May 17, 2018

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with Gary Geels

Gary Geels, son of Vriendschap's own Nelson Geels, joined our residents after our monthly resident birthday and anniversary party to talk about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Gary spoke about the climb, gave out a booklet of information complete with pictures and answered all of the residents' questions. It was a very educational and entertaining presentation, thank-you Gary […]

May 16, 2018

Watermark University Class: How to Plan the Perfect Fiesta!

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 […]

May 4, 2018

Summer 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 20 different classes with everything from May Day Basket Making to Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to Intergenerational Tea Party to Flying Stories and even Patriotic Craft Projects, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these […]

April 9, 2018

Pella Christian Kindergarten Classes Visit for Special Performance

Kindergarten students from Pella Christian Elementary School visited Vriendschap Village residents on Friday and gave a special program of singing and dancing with enthusiasm. After the performance, the kids brought books along to read to our residents. Thanks so much to the students, teachers and helpers that made our afternoon so much fun. We would […]

April 5, 2018

The Sweet Life

Life is SWEET at Vriendschap Village! We’re celebrating the feedback from our residents and families that our associates are Kind… Friendly… Attentive… Caring… and they are always committed to resident well-being. When our residents thrive, we all thrive and that’s what life is all about.

March 8, 2018

Soup Supper

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.

February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day festivities a success!

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 […]

January 11, 2018

Spring 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 20 different classes with everything from Intergenerational Art Classes to Making Homemade Greeting and Valentine's Cards to Lost Towns of Marion County to Bee Keeping and Honey Harvesting and even The Thrill of Flight, we are sure […]

December 8, 2017

Central Students Join Vriendschap Village Residents for Carol Singing

Professor Mitchell Lutch of Central College brought one of his freshman classes to join us this week for a special holiday hymn sing. The students brought individual wrapped plates of goodies and got to sing and then join in fellowship with our residents. Thanks so much for visiting and we are blessed to have such […]

December 5, 2017

Showcase of Talent

We’re thrilled to introduce our 2018 edition of EXPRESSIONS, Watermark’s annual calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. This calendar reminds us that our communities are collective creations of friendly, caring individuals who are generous with their time and talents. Whether expressing their individual creativity through paint, clay, yarn, stone or an outstretched hand, they […]

November 20, 2017

Intergenerational Art Program: Fall is a Success

Residents joined with younger family members and local homeschool families for the second installment of the Vriendschap's Intergenerational Art Program: Seasons. We started the program in September. Every other month we meet and paint a scene of the season on a canvas. September was Say Goodbye to Summer. This month is Having Fun in Fall. Each participant painted […]

November 13, 2017

Veterans Day Celebration

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 […]

October 17, 2017

Spreading some Spring Flower Smiles thanks to our friends at Hy-Vee.

Thanks to our friends at Pella Hy-Vee, we received over 100 carnations to help decorate our dining rooms and common areas with a fresh splash of flower color. We also gave residents a flower or two to take to their apartments to enjoy. After a rainy weekend, it was just right spring medicine our residents […]

September 18, 2017

Intergenerational Art Program

Vriendschap Village held its first of 4 Intergenerational Art Classes entitled "Seasons" that will occur every other month. Each participant was given a canvas to paint a scene from summer as "saying goodbye to summer." In November they will be asked to paint an almost identical scene in fall, in January it will be winter and March […]

September 14, 2017

Grape Growing and Harvesting with Larry Engbers

Resident Larry Engbers spoke during our Grape Growing and Harvesting Watermark University class. Larry and his wife Vi were owner's of Larry's Berries and Vi Vines a local business where they raised grapes and harvested them and supplied them to local vineyards. Larry spoke about the process and answered questions from those in attendance. Thanks […]

September 1, 2017

Fall 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With more than 20 different classes with everything from Watercolor Painting to Fall Craft Making to Essential Oils to Gingerbread House Making and Decorating and even Grape Growing and Harvesting, we are sure you will find something to pique […]

August 23, 2017

Vriendschap Village Receives Deficiency-Free Score

The Department of Inspections and Appeals conducts the survey every other year, with the most recent survey on Vriendschap done this year. With three consecutive perfect scores, Vriendschap has been deficiency free for six years! The Pella Chronicle published an article on August 4th about our success, to read the full article please click here. “We […]

August 7, 2017

2nd-Annual Vriendschap Fair A Success

Vriendschap Village brought the fair to our residents. We had tractors provided by Red Rock Threshers and several resident families, carnival games, blue ribbon events (items brought by residents such as handcrafts, woodwork and baked goods), animals brought by local FFA kids, contests including rubber-chicken throwing, wheel-chair obstacle course and a pie eating contest. We finished the […]

July 10, 2017

Wii Bowling Tournament

Residents participated in the inaugural Vriendschap Village Wii Bowling Tournament. Congratulations to Bob Beyer who finished in first place; Wilber Veenstra finished second place; Larry Engbers and Marilyn Veenstra tied for 3rd Place. Thanks for all who participated and those who cheered on the competitors.

June 23, 2017

Pie and Ice Cream Social

Vriendschap Village had its Pie and Ice Cream Social this week. Residents, family members and the Pella Community joined together to select and devour their favorite pie (apple, cherry and peach) topped with ice cream. Attendees signed up for door prizes and voted on their favorite pie. One lucky winner took a free full pie home! […]

May 4, 2017

Summer 2017 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 25 different classes with everything from 3D Puzzles to Smart Phones and You to Patriotic Wreath Making to Cognitive Stimulation Talk and even Laughter Yoga, we are sure you will find something to pique your interest. While these amazing classes […]

April 26, 2017

Lining Up the Perfect Putt with Gordon Nettle

Vriendschap Village residents and staff learned a little more to help them sink that all important golf putt this afternoon thanks to resident Gordon Nettle and his Watermark University class. Gordon talked to the class and gave them some basic tips and helped with one-on-one instruction on our make-shift indoor putting green. Thanks for all that […]

April 24, 2017

Earth Day

Vriendschap Village celebrated Earth Day this weekend with a special event. Residents were given flower pots to fill with marigold seeds. They will set them in their window to grow and when they get too big for the pot we will transplant them outside. There was also a special Earth Day goodie for the residents […]