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April 11, 2013

Community invited to groundbreaking for The Cottages on April 17

Pella — Hearthstone, a Ministry of WesleyLife, invites Marion County residents to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for The Cottages on Wednesday, April 17, in Pella. This innovative community for older adults will create home in small households where residents and team members share and honor Pella’s strong values and Christian heritage.

The groundbreaking will begin with a social gathering and refreshments at 9 a.m. in a tent at the southeast corner of the construction site at 1742 Main St. Parking will be provided across the street at Vermeer Iowa and Pella Concrete, where shuttles will be available to transport attendees to the site of the ceremony.

The program, starting at 9:30 a.m., will begin with an invocation and include remarks by WesleyLife President and CEO Rob Kretzinger and Hearthstone Executive Director Nancy Hamilton. There also will be an announcement of the winning names for the six cottages, chosen by local residents from among the 12 provinces of the Netherlands in honor of Pella’s longstanding Dutch heritage and traditions.

Hearthstone/WesleyLife is contributing $15 million to the $20 million project and raising $5 million in the community through a capital campaign led by four couples noted for their longstanding commitment and contributions to Pella. The co-chairs, who are hosting the groundbreaking and have raised $3.84 million to date, are:

-Mark and Kay De Cook

-Bruce and Sandy Heerema

-Stan and Gayle Poortinga

-Bob and Lois Vermeer

The Cottages, scheduled to open in late 2013, will be the first community of its kind in Iowa. It will consist of six individual cottages totaling 84,000 square feet:

-An Assisted Living cottage with 18 apartments

-An Assisted Living Memory Support cottage with 16 suites

-A Nursing Memory Care cottage with 16 suites

-Three Skilled Nursing cottages with a total of 48 suites

 A few assisted living apartments and nursing suites will accommodate double occupancy, honoring the choice of spouses or family members to live together. In all, more than 116 residents will call The Cottages home.

Small households will be emphasized in The Cottages to encourage social engagement and support the independence of residents as part of WesleyLife’s person-directed approach. This approach helps older adults enjoy life to the fullest by promoting healthy living, independence and dignity.

The Cottages are being built as part of an agreement between Pella Regional Health Center and WesleyLife. WesleyLife committed to build a new assisted living and skilled nursing community to replace services currently offered by Pella Regional through Hilltop Manor and long-term care. When The Cottages opens, Pella Regional will cease operations of Hilltop Manor and Long Term Care. Pella Regional donated the 50-acre site for The Cottages.

Scheduled to be completed by the Weitz Co. by the end of 2013, The Cottages will provide older adults a place to call home where they will enjoy both their independence and the benefits of being part of a close-knit community.

The six cottages, designed by Pope Architects, will be filled with abundant natural light and have ample green space, including landscaped courtyards. Each cottage will have a cozy living room and family-style dining area, located around a welcoming hearth. The commons area will include a café-style bistro open to residents and their families, as well as the community.

Individuals who wish to attend the groundbreaking are asked to please RSVP on or before April 12 by calling 641-621-1479 or e-mailing For more information about The Cottages, please visit

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