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The latest details on exactly how we keep giving, keep living, keep going and keep growing!

  • VMRC Foundation Director Receives CFRE Re-certification

    June 6, 2018 - Congratulations to Les Helmuth, Executive Director of the VMRC Foundation for his recent recertification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Those granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards including tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. Additionally, the individual must pass a rigorous exam and agree to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. Congratulations, Les!

    Read the full press release here

  • 2018 Philanthropist of the Year Named

    Anne PauleyApril 7, 2018 - Anne Pauley was named the 2018 Philanthropist of the Year by the VMRC Foundation during its Leading Circle program April 7.

    “Through her self-less, behind-the-scenes service and generosity, Anne has made a significant impact in our worship experiences, the VMRC Juried Art Exhibition, the Main Street Store and other volunteer efforts,” said Les Helmuth, executive director of the VMRC Foundation. “Anne has changed our community by modeling philanthropy and volunteerism.”

    The VMRC Foundation concluded its Reinvesting in Our Community Campaign on March 31 with $3,740,311 – achieving 117% of its goal. The $3.7 million represents cash and pledges to the Campaign received over a two-year period which started April 1, 2016.

    The proceeds of this campaign will enhance resident experiences through the renovation of the Oak Lea building for expanded private suites in Transitional Care, completion of the Woodland Park Green House community and increased endowment for nurse education and compassion endowment.

  • 2018 Volunteer of the Year Awarded to Harold and Fay Brubaker

    April 20, 2018 - Harold and Fay Brubaker were awarded the 2018 Claude Hess Distinguished Service Award at VMRC's annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception on April 19, 2018. The couple, who live in Harrisonburg, have given countless hours to the VMRC community.

    A retired IT professional, Harold Brubaker serves hundreds of hours each year providing one-on-one IT services to residents, helping them to feel comfortable with ever-changing technology. He helps make it possible for seniors to stay connected and engaged electronically. Harold even created a website for residents to turn in work orders when there is a need for his assistance. Harold is described as being kind, patient and prompt! 

    Fay Brubaker assists residents in navigating another somewhat challenging aspect of community life - transportation. Fay accompanies residents in Supportive Living to medical appointments when they don't have a family member or friend to go along. She also helps shuttle residents who use wheelchairs to and from the onsite beauty shop. Fay assists in numerous other ways and is always willing to jump in and help. 

    Harold and Fay BrubakerHarold and Fay Brubaker

    According to Volunteer Services Manager, Emily Young, "Harold and Fay truly embody what it means to be dedicated, compassionate servants. Their customer service skills are remarkable to witness and I can't even begin to estimate the number of resident and staff lives they have impacted during their years of service at VMRC."

    Thank you Harold and Fay! VMRC is a better place because of you!

    The Claude Hess Distinguished Service Award was established in 2001 to remember a man who was an exceptional VMRC volunteer for 12 years and who lived his life building community spirit at VMRC through Christian service.

  • Celebrating Safety

    April 23, 2018 - VMRC is cebebrating safety! Employees were treated to a baked potato and salad bar to celebrate 200 days with no lost work time! This milestone was made possible by dedicated staff who understand and adhere to the policies and procedures in place to keep our workplace safe.

  • 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.


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