Let’s start off with a brief history lesson. In 1978, three Lutheran Pastors attended a conference focusing on concerns and issues of the seniors and elders of that time. Inspired, they returned thinking that it was the calling of the Lutheran Church to have facilities where elders could live with Dignity, in an environment that encouraged a positive outlook on life and to associate with one another in a social and caring community. Early on, it was determined that a retirement community would not be limited to Lutherans but would be opened to every denomination. And so, here we are today in sunny Venice, Florida at Village On The Isle, a faith based, not-for-profit, continuing care, retirement community.
So, what is the benefit for a resident to choose a faith based retirement community? What is the benefit of our resident’s here at Village On The Isle? In our mission statement you will read, “ … we are committed to sharing God’s love by promoting individual growth and dignity, enhancing the quality of life and meeting the human and spiritual needs of our residents, staff and community.”We strongly believe and practice these words everyday. You see, the benefits to our residents are that our initiatives are faith motivated. We answer to a “higher calling” than other ‘for profit’ establishments. This adds a special dimension to the lifestyle for our residents. The church relatedness means we really do care for our residents and our daily operations are supported by love and compassion towards each and every person.
We are truly blessed here at Village On The Isle to have Chaplain Don Hillerich provide support to our resident’s spiritual needs and concerns. He is always available to provide confidential pastoral care and counseling. Chaplain Don works closely with our Health and Wellness department in a variety of areas such as grief classes and other supplementary programs. Further, he is coordinates weekly worship services, teaches classes on a number of topics such as church architecture and much more. Don loves being the pastor of this community, he shares with us his enthusiasm for what he does – “I love it! I lookforward to coming to Village On The Isle everyday with EXCITEMENT and APPRECIATION for all the residents and staff.