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. In the early part of 2021, we reached the much awaited milestone of having the majority of residents and staff fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Although things still look a little different, campus programs and services have begun to expand in ways we have eagerly anticipated.
Our indoor Main Street, accessible via interconnected hallways from anywhere on campus, is the central hub of our community. Residents shop at the fully stocked Main Street Store for grocery and personal items as well as fresh 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 produce in the café but expanded in the summer of 2020 to include CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) baskets delivered to residents on a weekly basis. Over the past year, dining venues across campus adapted their way of serving by offering breakfast, lunch and dinner meal delivery right to resident doors. In the coming weeks, the Main Street Café will once again be open for business – offering a wide variety of to-go items from pizza and sandwiches to soups and salads.
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. A full line-up of staff-produced programming is broadcast via our internal television channel featuring wellness classes, spiritual series and more. Small group gatherings and pop-up events along Main Street are some of the ways we’re engaging in person while still maintaining a safe distance. VMRC’s Wellness Center is open to residents by appointment for land and aquatic fitness. The outdoor Dogwood Trail, a one-mile loop around campus, is another way residents can exercise while also enjoying the sunshine and conversation with friends. Some of our most popular long-time events like the Juried Art Exhibition and Shenandoah Valley Lyceum have been made available in an online format so although they can’t be viewed in person, they can still be enjoyed!
Many of our social connections have been reliant on technology this past year and while we are grateful for it, nothing takes the place of in-person visits. It’s a common sight on warm afternoons to see residents safely gathered outside chatting with one another or catching up with family.
We’ve adapted throughout this year 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.