One of the most powerful moments of the 1980s came in 1987 when President Ronald Reagan, standing in front of the Berlin Wall, made his famous appeal for freedom: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
A less-often-quoted line from that same speech resonates with Providence’s vision. President Reagan proclaimed, “…We believe freedom and security go together.” In the 1980s, Providence took steps to expand the freedom that our clients could experience while still enjoying safety and security. Though the State of Illinois was not issuing many Certificates of Need at that time, we found creative ways to bring services to new locations.
August 15, 1980 – Signing the purchase agreement for a hotel in Crete, Illinois, that was once Balmoral Inn and later Holiday Inn; immediately we begin transforming the hotel into a retirement community called Village Woods.
By 1981 the transformation from hotel to retirement community is complete, and the first residents move in. By 1984, Village Woods Christian Retirement Community had earned a reputation as a wonderful place to live.
When Richard Mulder contacts the owners of Bridget Manor in Downers Grove, they are willing to transfer ownership of their property. The building needs plenty of work — a new roof, new windows, an improved entrance, updated community areas, and enhanced landscaping. The structural and aesthetic enhancements serve notice that this nursing center is under new management.
By fall of 1984, Rest Haven West is accepting applications for residency.
1988 – The groundbreaking for Saratoga Grove brings retirement living to the western suburbs
1989 – Sketch of the proposed new retirement community in Downers Grove
1989 – Saratoga Grove’s Grand Opening celebration involves balloons, refreshments, and carriage rides, and is covered by the local newspapers.
The Fairways, a development of senior living town homes, is planned as a complement to the existing Village Woods retirement community in Crete, Illinois.