Jane TenHarmsel has lived a life filled with adventures and challenges, but throughout everything, her strong faith in God has been her constant. So when she walked in for her tour of Royal Park Place and saw the scripture posted, she said, “I walked in and knew this was the place for me.”
Jane grew up in the Netherlands. “We always heard our parents talk about coming to America, so we grew up with that idea, that one day we would be here.”
And at age 21, she made her journey to the United States with her parents and three brothers. “I remember coming into New York Harbor,” she says of her arrival. “I can still see the sun coming up behind the Statue of Liberty.”
Jane had been a lifelong resident of Michigan, and eventually moved to a condo.“The condo was quite large, and it was just me,” she says. “Besides that, it was hard for friends to get around and get together at our age, so the days were long and lonely.”
She had a friend who lived at Royal Park Place, so she thought she’d take a tour to see if it might be the right fit for her. The rest is history. “I loved it,” she said. “Right away, the staff showed us around and they were so kind and sweet.”
When an apartment opened for her, Jane didn’t waste any time moving in. “I was overjoyed,” she says. “I was just so tired of sorting everything out. This place takes care of everything.”
Jane stays busy at Royal Park Place. “My daughter visits every Monday, and there’s always a lot going on here,” she says. “I love to knit and crochet, and I’ve been teaching people here to do it.”
She appreciates that the staff is always willing to help, and she loves the food. But what really makes her thankful is the caring community that has become an extended family for her.
“I know God led me here, and I’m thankful for the life I have here,” she says.
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