Posted by: wrcseniorservices | July 26, 2012

The Villas at Water Run

The future site of The Villas at Water Run

If you live in the Clarion area or have been following us on Facebook, you’ve probably seen our big news. In the fall, we expect to break ground for a brand new WRC Senior Services’ community in Clarion called The Villas at Water Run.

We have purchased a 20 acre property on Water Run Road in Monroe Township, just outside of the borough, on which we plan to build an assisted living with accommodations for 75 individuals, as well as a residential neighborhood for seniors with 38 custom-built homes. There is only one other assisted living residence in Western Pennsylvania! Assisted living embodies the concept of “aging in community,” meaning not having to move to another level of care if healthcare needs should increase.

We thought we’d use this blog to track the progress of our journey. (So if you haven’t already, subscribe! Or, Like our Facebook page, and you’ll be automatically notified of new blog posts)

Why Clarion? WRC Senior Services began in Brookville in 1890 to care for disabled Civil War veterans, widows and orphans from the war. Since that time, we have grown into other counties in response to the need. Today in Clarion County, we operate Highland Oaks in Shippenville, Edgewood Heights in New Bethlehem and the In Home Solutions PLUS home health care agency.

We opened Highland Oaks in 1988 inside a former office building and hotel. It is currently our oldest building; and rather than remodeling, our board of directors made the decision to build, eventually moving the residents. Through focus groups, we concluded that Clarion – more centrally-located, larger population and closer to the hospital and shopping areas – would be the best option.

So where are we in the process now? WRC Senior Services is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization, getting ready to undertake a multi-million dollar project. We have applied for grants and are investigating other financing options. We began a capital campaign to help raise seed money for the project. (More on that in a future blog! Or stop by our capital campaign office at In Home Solutions PLUS, 505 Main Street, Clarion.)

Preliminary master site plan

We have a master site plan and floor plans for the assisted living, subject to alterations as we move forward. We are working on the designs of the residential homes. Because of the amount of interest, we have begun taking priority reservations now for those homes and already have our first potential resident! To get on the list, call our Director Angie Conklin at 814-849-4131 or email her.

These are exciting times at WRC Senior Services, very exciting times! Stay tuned for more news of The Villas at Water Run …

Fran Roebuck Kuhns
President-CEO of WRC Senior Services
814-849-1205
fkuhns@wrc.org

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