Schowalter Villa, a Bluestem Community, has now raised just over 60 percent of their $6.1 million goal for the Private Home for Everyone campaign.

Schowalter Villa, a Bluestem Community, has now raised just over 60 percent of their $6.1 million goal for the Private Home for Everyone campaign.

Campus leadership attributes its fundraising success to the high-quality care residents receive at Schowalter Villa.

Out of the $3.8 million raised so far, nearly 30 percent has been contributed by individuals living outside the Hesston community who have seen the mission of Schowalter Villa carried out in the care of family and friends. This has been the motivation for many transformational gifts to the campaign.

“Time and time again we receive feedback from family members expressing their great appreciation for the quality of care their loved ones receive at Schowalter Villa,” said Amy Wedel, Director of Social Services and Community Liaison.

The $6.1 million project will provide every health care resident at Schowalter Villa with a private room.

The construction of a new, two-story assisted living building at the corner of Hickory and Main Street, along with repurposing a portion of the current assisted living building, will accomplish this goal.

“Design plans are unfolding for the renovation of the current assisted living space along with the new two-story assisted living building,” said James Krehbiel, CEO of Bluestem Communities. “It is exciting to see these visions taking shape as staff teams share input and collaborate during this process.”

Schowalter Villa is continuing the focus on home environment and meaningful life while planning the public space and home designs. The design work involves strategies and processes to reduce institutional elements. As an example, they are exploring innovative methods to provide resident services without the use of traditional carts.

The not-for-profit retirement community went public with the Private Home for Everyone Campaign this past April after receiving a $500,000 challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. The project was also recently awarded $200,000 in Kansas Community Service Tax Credits, which are nearly all committed.

To learn more, visit www.schowalter-villa.org/aprivatehomeforeveryone/ or call 620-327- 3413.