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  • Complete Living Care community completed

    November 20, 2017 - VMRC will host a public Open House at its Woodland Park Community 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 to celebrate the community’s expansion by five homes and a community center. Woodland Park is at 1401 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg.

    Each new home is approximately 6,800 square feet and provides living space for 11 residents who need long-term nursing care. The homes are phase 2 of VMRC’s Woodland Park community which opened in January 2013 with three homes. In total, VMRC now has the capacity to care for 85 residents in Woodland Park – a neighborhood of residences with private rooms and baths, a hearth den, sun room and open kitchen. The houses feature front porches and courtyards for access to the outdoors.

    “Their design is about improving quality of life and focuses on residents, their interests and pursuits to enjoy meaningful life – which is what we all want,” said Jonathan Hamilton, vice president for Supportive Living.

    The homes are licensed as nursing homes and staffed by certified nursing assistants who have additional training in CPR, first aid, house operations, culinary skills and safe food handling. A clinical support team of nurses, social workers, activities coordinators, therapists, nutritionists and a physician provide care in the homes to residents.

    Woodland Park homes – are named for the original members of the Virginia Mennonite Home corporate board (1951): M.C. Showalter, Joseph A Brunk, John W. Harman, Oscar Wenger, A.F. Burkholder, Harvey E. Yoder and Roy G. Wenger. An eighth house was named for the fourth president of Eastern Mennonite University and his philosophical contributions to aging services.

    “We selected ‘Mumaw’ as the final house name after Dr. John R. Mumaw, a man who brought to this area from Denmark the concept of “normalization” which means people want to age in an environment that mirrors as closely as possible patterns and conditions of everyday life,” said Judith Trumbo, President and CEO of VMRC.

    The Cline Community Center in Woodland Park will offer space for social gatherings, private family events and VMRC campus functions. It is named for the Ralph and Anne Cline family and their leadership and involvement in philanthropy and volunteerism in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County community for decades.

  • Lyceum series announced

    July 14, 2017 - VMRC is pleased to announce the Shenandoah Valley Lyceum 2017-2018 season. The Shenandoah Valley Lyceum is under the auspices of Arts & Education at VMRC. This program enhances the cultural and intellectual life of residents living on our campus and the people of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. All events beging at 7 p.m. and are in VMRC's Detwiler Auditorium, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg.

    Topics in International Economic Policy
    September 8, 2017

    Tom Engle, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs with the U.S. Department of State, will examine the State Department’s role in development and execution of U.S. International economic policy and current challenges in U.S. foreign economic policy. Mr. Engle will also discuss his work on international transportation issues, including aviation negotiations with Cuba.

    A 31-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Mr. Engle has had overseas assignments in China, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany and Afghanistan, as well as at headquarters in Washington, D.C.

    Moving from Conflict to Cooperation
    October 13, 2017

    Gary W. Noesner, Chief FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit (retired) and author of “Stalling For Time: My Life As An FBI Hostage Negotiator,” will discuss and share the communication skills and lessons he learned as an FBI negotiator, and how they apply to everyday life and work.

    Mr. Noesner retired from the FBI following a 30-year career as an investigator, instructor and negotiator. A significant focus of his career was directed toward investigating Middle East hijackings in which American citizens were victimized. He continues to serve as an independent consultant around the world.

    Recreating 1916 Findlay’s Road: Cross Country Motorcycle Ride
    February 2, 2018

    Gwen Phillips, L.P.N. at VMRC and motorcycle enthusiast shares an enlightening journey about her historical reenactment of Charles K. Findlay’s 1916 road trip and the research that was involved to make this dream a reality. By day Ms. Phillips cares for others as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In her spare time she enjoys many forms of riding, with long distance riding her passion. Hear the story of Charles K. Findlay: his experiences, his personality and his extraordinary life. 

    Profound Joy
    March 16, 2018

    Internationally known instrumentalist Timothy Seaman has thrilled audiences for decades with his rapturous and meaningful musical style on the extended-range hammered dulcimer – a rare and magnificent instrument with 85 strings. His creative, moving original compositions and his intriguing self-styled arrangements of rare and familiar folk, and Classical works weave an engaging story of Virginia’s historic and natural worlds drawn from a lifetime of adventures.

    A West Virginia native, Seaman grew up in Virginia and currently resides in Williamsburg. His zest for truth and content turns the concert into a deeply significant and memorable experience for the listeners - profound joy!

    Ticket Information
    Single Tickets: $8 in advance; $10 at the door
    Season Tickets: $25 for all four events
    Lifetime Pass: $100

    Payments can be made with cash, check or credit card by calling the VMRC Wellness Center, 540-574-3850, or in person at the VMRC Wellness Center, 1481 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg.

    The Shenandoah Valley Lyceum is funded in part by the VMRC Shenandoah Valley Lyceum Endowment.

  • Pastoral Care team adds Eric Martin

    VMRC named Eric Martin as Supportive Living Chaplain to provide pastoral care to residents in Assisted Living and Complete Living Care. He also will lead Bible Studies and serve as worship leader for Sunday morning worship on campus. 

    Eric returns to the Shenandoah Valley after living in Salem, Oregon, during which time he worked as chaplain at Mennonite Village Retirement Community in Albany. Prior to that, he was principal of Western Mennonite School.

    He grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and attended Eastern Mennonite High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Mennonite University and master's degree from James Madison University. He graduated from Portland Seminary at George Fox University and was ordained by the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Mennonite Church USA.

    Eric and his wife, Susan Rohrer, have three grown children and one grandchild.


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