Tag Archives: Retirement Living

Life at Royal Park Place

ZEELAND, Mich. (October 2015) — Residents at Royal Park Place have plenty of options for how to spend their time. Here’s an idea of what some of our residents have been up to: Assisting “Kids’ Food Basket” Royal Park Place is lending a hand to Kids’ Food Basket. Every Wednesday morning, at 10 a.m. in the Queen’s Room, residents pack snacks for the local not-for-profit organization to give away. Kids’ Food Basket helps complete over 7,000 meals for local children.  The organization was named the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 EPIC Nonprofit of the Year for it’s work in providing necessary nutrients for growing minds and bodies. Click here for more information or ways to contribute. Hosting a support group Royal Park Place hosts an Association for the Blind support group on the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Queen’s Room. The public is invited to join us, and welcome to share their challenges with others who understand. Continuing their competitive Wii bowling league “Wii have it going on at Royal Park Place,” says Life Enrichment Director Paula St. Amant. In the photo at right are the Wii bowling teams for the winter season. Back row, from left: Nelia Shoemaker, Calvin Niewenhuis, Lefty […]

Ribbon cutting celebrates opening of Arbor Place

LISLE, Ill. (September 2015) — Providence Life Services, Ryan Companies US, Inc. and the Village of Lisle celebrated the official opening of Arbor Place of Lisle with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 15. “Our mission is to enhance the lives of those we serve in the name of Jesus Christ, and at Arbor Place, we intend to do that,” Rich Schutt said at the ceremony. “Jesus said, ‘I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.’ We hope that the residents at Arbor Place can have that abundant life.” Arbor Place is already 40 percent leased, and seniors are currently moving in. One new resident spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, thanking the Village, the builders, and each person involved in bringing this new community to Lisle. “Everyone here who has something to do with Arbor Place, consider yourself hugged,” he said. The beautiful new building is comprised of 60 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom apartments. Each apartment includes a full-sized kitchen with modern cabinetry and appliances, window treatments and walk-in closets. Many include balconies. Residents also have a living room and common kitchen, a multi-purpose room, a TV/library room, on-site laundry facilities, a private courtyard with gazebo, a fitness center, […]

Arts in Mission:
Park Place artists give back

ELMHURST, Ill. — Oil and water don’t usually mix — but at Park Place of Elmhurst, oil paintings and watercolors have been brought together for a good cause. Four residents at the retirement community have offered their original artwork for Park Place’s new “Arts in Mission” program. The paintings are different media and different styles, but they have been collected for a common goal: they will be sold for the benefit of other seniors in need of care. The artists who contributed to the program — Hadley Pihl, Joyce Knuepfer, Jan Covey, and Walter Martin — have donated more than 50 paintings so far, some of which have been created right in the art studio at Park Place. “Park Place has given us residents a marvelous studio,” Hadley said — and now he wants to give back. It was his idea to deposit each dollar made from the sale of Arts in Mission paintings into the resident assistance fund, which covers the cost of care for Providence Life Services residents who have outlived their resources. “One day, Hadley stopped me in the hallway and said that he would like to sell his paintings, and donate 100 percent of the proceeds […]

Amphicar makes a splash for Royal Park Place residents

ZEELAND, Mich. (July 2015) — She thought she was going for a boat ride, so Corry Hoekstra was a little surprised when her friends directed her into a car. She figured out her mix-up when the car drove straight across the lawn — and into Lake Macatawa. Hoekstra was riding in an Amphicar, which can be driven on land and in the water. It’s the only vehicle for which you need both auto and boat registration. “I thought it was a boat ride, and I was really excited about it,” Hoekstra said. “When we got there, I only saw a beautiful little car. But we drove it right into the lake! We could put our hands in the water; it was so much fun.” A group of fast friends The amphibious vehicle is owned by Ed Koops of Holland. His sister, Joyce Sluiter, wanted friends from her retirement community, Royal Park Place in Zeeland, to experience a ride in the unusual car. She mentioned the possibility to Hoekstra and two other women, Gert Gruppen, and Jean Sneller. It wasn’t the first time they had planned an outing together. “We’ve been friends since I moved in, a year and a half ago […]

Opening soon — affordable senior housing at Arbor Place of Lisle

LISLE, Ill. (July 2015) — Momentum is building for the planned opening of Arbor Place of Lisle: the structure is now fully enclosed, work has begun on building finishes inside and out, and leasing has officially kicked off for the 80-unit, age-restricted, affordable senior living community being developed by Providence and Ryan Companies US, Inc. Arbor Place is expected to start welcoming residents in August. “We are passionate about providing quality senior housing to all who need it, regardless of income,” said Providence CFO, Bill De Young. The development is the second project for the Providence-Ryan partnership; they also teamed up to build Thomas Place Orland Park, a similar affordable senior living community that was completed in 2013. Arbor Place of Lisle comprises 60 one-bedroom apartments and 20 two-bedroom apartments. Each includes a bathroom, a full-sized kitchen with modern cabinetry and appliances, window treatments and walk-in closets. Many of the units also will include balconies. All apartments have affordable rents, and heat is included in the price. The units are also being equipped with an above-average features-and-amenities package. Lease applications for Arbor Place are now being accepted. For more information about Arbor Place of Lisle or to fill out an […]