A Community - A Destination - To Live Fully
Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia and surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountains, is Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. We achieve our vision of being a community of hope, meaning and growth for people to age well and live fully by emphasizing our core values of heritage, innovation and authenticity. Life looks a little different right now and it’s changed how we do some things, however residents are still connected and engaged with the people and interests that mean the most to them.
Our indoor Main Street, accessible via interconnected hallways from anywhere on campus, is typically the central hub of our community and even now, residents continue to shop at the Main Street Store. Fully stocked with grocery and personal items, there’s no need to leave campus to get necessities. Other offerings include produce from our Farm at Willow Run. Our 40-acre farm property has long been a staple in supplying produce for VMRC dining menus and fresh produce in the café but expanded this summer to include CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) baskets delivered to residents on a weekly basis. Our dining venues have adapted as well and offer breakfast, lunch and dinner meal delivery right to resident doors. It doesn’t get more convenient than that!
Our rich variety of cultural and wellness programming, designed to promote learning and growth as an individual and as part of a larger community, includes art shows, educational sessions and music events. Since early spring, we have had a full line-up of staff-produced programming on our internal television channel featuring wellness classes, spiritual series and more. We have taken advantage of the summer months by hosting outdoor fitness classes and small group programs in a socially distanced setting. Some of our most popular long-time events like the Juried Art Exhibition and Shenandoah Valley Lyceum are being made available online so although they can’t be held in person, they can still be experienced!
Social connections are still being made, too. Technology has helped keep residents in touch with their family and friends and our community app lets residents easily connect with one another. Socially distanced small talk or a quick “hello” while on walks around our campus or nearby urban forest are a common sight.
We’ve adapted to this unfamiliar time by doing things a little differently, yet VMRC residents are still aging well and living fully.
VMRC does not discriminate pursuant to the federal Fair Housing Act. VMRC is open to persons of all faiths, and all faith denominations are represented among our residents. Only one-third of our residents are affiliated with Mennonite churches.