Category: Life at Vriendschap

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 […]

August 24, 2018

Red Red Army Corps of Engineers Educate Residents About Geocaching

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" […]

August 23, 2018

Fall 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

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 […]

August 10, 2018

Entertainer Russ Stravers Spreads Joy & Hope

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 […]

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 […]

June 11, 2018

Vriendschap Family Picnic on June 19th – Deadline to register is June 13th!

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 […]

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 […]