For Catherine Small, art and music colored the canvas of her life. She was quick to invite visitors to the studio housed in her cottage at Homestead Village. Catherine was a graduate of Kutztown University where she majored in art. She taught art for many years, and thoroughly enjoyed working with children. Her work has been exhibited at numerous art shows.
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At Homestead Village, our creeds are not just words for brochures and picture frames. We take them at their word and focus our efforts on fulfilling them every day. Approximately two years ago, the Homestead Village Board of Directors approved a new vision statement.
2016 was a remarkable year at Homestead Village. Much was accomplished during our 30th anniversary year. We celebrated with special theme dinners, the unique and fun Homesteadpalooza and the elegant 30th Anniversary Gala.
Homestead Village's fiscal year ends June 30th each year. Every year we review what we accomplished in the past year and we lay a course for future achievements. Some of the changes are very visible:
Any visit to Homestead Village these days reveals projects underway all around our campus. One project that is nearing completion is the Apostles Center additions. This project is actually many different projects including:
Three years ago, Homestead Village was blessed to be able to purchase the Parish Resource Center building from the organization which gave the building its name. Due to the fact the Parish Resource Center organization continued to lease a portion of the building, that name and a shortened version, PRC, have been used interchangeably as a short-term name for this very important structure at the crossroads of our community.
"We" statements. Homestead Village's Values and Philosophy of Care boldly assert eleven "We" statements. Each states what we believe. The governing leadership expects every stakeholder of Homestead Village to uphold and follow these creeds. It is not a choice - it is a necessity to fulfill Homestead Village's mission, vision and purpose. In our modern society, it is frowned upon to demand that people do anything. Instead we ask, encourage and appeal to people to behave and participate in a certain fashion.
When you think Life Enrichment at Homestead Village, the first names that comes to mind our Karen Longenecker and her assistant, Maureen Deibert. Karen, with Maureen's assistance, creates the wonderful programs each month detailed in the Adventures in Life. Karen has been our Life Enrichment Coordinator since 2006 and came to Homestead Village with 25 years of experience. In fact she will celebrate her tenth anniversary in August of this year. Maureen has assisted her for about five years.
Homestead Village has embarked on a wonderful improvement of our nursing care. The expansion of the Apostles Center for Care includes the addition of Young House with added kitchen, dining and living space, additional private rooms in Radcliffe House and additional outdoor living space for all the houses. When completed, the new Apostles Center will feature three separate houses: Fickes House serving 22 residents; Radcliffe House serving 21 and Young House serving 15.