In celebration of our 40th year of ministry, Richard Mulder shared his recollections of those early days when Rest Haven was just starting out:
True to Mr. Mulder’s vision, we have continued to expand, in order to ensure that more families will have access to more services.
2001 – Emerald Meadows Assisted Living (Grand Rapids, Michigan) joins the Providence family and is transformed into a refuge of care that feels like genuine community.
In 2002, Providence decides to offer a Hospice ministry along with our other life services. This demonstrates our commitment to continue walking with people not only throughout their retirement, but also at the end of life, when they need spiritual comfort as well as physical help.
The Education Institute, led by Linda Schutt, opens in Tinley Park and becomes a resource for maintaining high-quality staff who are equipped to provide the best care and service to residents.
2002 – Providence At Home extends their home health service area into northwest Indiana.
2004 – Having acquired land in Elmhurst, Illinois, Providence begins development plans for Park Place of Elmhurst
2004 – Providence Hospice invites families to their first “Tree of Light” memorial service, an annual tradition that involves readings, prayers, and keepsake ornaments. The service honors the deceased and helps prepare the family for their first holiday season without their loved one.
2005 – Eighteen members of Village Woods and the Fairways are selected to become the first Chicago Bulls “Swingin’ Seniors” dance team for the 2005–2006 season. The Swingin’ Seniors perform a series of short dance routines at six Bulls home games and receive attention from print and broadcast media.
In the locker room before a performance
2007 – A team of Providence employees helps HealthMEDX develop the technology that will make touchscreen charting possible
Touchscreen charting allows care staff to spend more time with their patients
Continued growth requires a new name, and Rest Haven becomes Providence Life Services — to better reflect the ever-expanding scope of our services, and to position ourselves for future growth. Staff embrace the change at a series of meetings unveiling the new name and logo.