Category: Videos

May 3, 2019

A HUGE thank you!

Our residents that stayed back at the community during the Tulip Time parade wanted to send their thanks to the Pella Opera House for streaming the parade so they could watch it inside! With the generosity from the Opera House, our residents are able to watch all of the parades that happen up town in […]

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 […]

March 5, 2019

Broadway Vocal Concert by Pella High School

Students for the Pella High School Concert, Select and Advanced Choirs, directed by Michelle Chaplin and Sharaeah Sharp, performed their concert of various Broadway tunes last night at Doustra Auditorium on the Central College Campus. Select groups from the choirs performed separate selections as well. Several Vriendschap Village residents and staff attended and were amazed […]

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 […]

December 3, 2018

Altoona Christian Church Presents: “That Night in Bethlehem”

Vriendschap residents headed to Altoona to the Altoona Christian Church for our 5th annual event, "That Night in Bethlehem". This event, held annually the first weekend in December, showcases hundreds of nativity scenes in a peaceful, candle-lit setting. All are welcome to share in the event, which includes holiday music, refreshments, and children's activities. Free-will donations were given to the […]

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 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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

April 6, 2017

Pella Tulip Time Dutch Dancers Visit Vriendschap Village

A taste of Pella Tulip Time came early to Vriendschap Village this week when the Duchess and Dancers came to perform. The ladies entertained our residents showing them various Dutch dances and then telling about their history. After the presentation residents were treated to special Tulip Cookies. Thanks for sharing your talents with us ladies!

December 20, 2016

Peoria Christian School Performs Christmas Concert

Students from Peoria Christian School visited this morning to perform their Christmas musical concert for the residents at Vriendschap Village. In addition to giving a great performance, the students brought Christmas cards and Christmas goodies for our residents. Thanks so much to the kids, the teachers, faculty and parents that made this possible. Thank you for […]

November 22, 2016

Bon Appétit with Thrive Dining™

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” […]

September 26, 2016

Vriendschap Village Residents Attend Central College Variety Show

Several of our residents attended the SWE Variety Show in the Upper Chapel at Central College in Pella. SWE members and favorite professors performed different acts throughout the show. The acts ranged from instrumental ensembles, singing, trivia and dancing. Several residents participated in learning a new dance from one of the acts.

March 9, 2016

We Do Memory Care Differently

Throughout its nearly 30 year history, Watermark has sought ways, large and small, to enhance the well-being of our residents and associates. Success is mostly measured in the strong and durable relationships between residents and associates that bring with them trust, comfort and more than a bit of warm fun. Particularly in our Memory Care […]