Pella Chronicle

February 1, 2013

Hearthstone to host meetings about fundraising for The Cottages

The Chronicle

Pella — Hearthstone, a Ministry of WesleyLife, will hold two public meetings about the fundraising campaign for The Cottages, Hearthstone’s newest and most innovative community, which is designed to transform the aging experience by promoting healthy living, independence and dignity.

The meetings will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, and 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Central College’s Graham Conference Center. RSVPs are required and reservations may be made online by visiting or by calling 629-0125. More information about The Cottages is available at

During each meeting, Hearthstone officials will share plans for The Cottages and discuss opportunities to support the fundraising campaign for the $20 million development, which will be built on 50 acres of rolling hills along Main Street near Big Rock Road in Pella.

Hearthstone/WesleyLife has committed $15 million to The Cottages and secured financing through local banks. A campaign to raise the balance of $5 million from the community is making steady progress with contributions amounting to $2.77 million. This total includes $550,000 in combined donations from the co-chairs of the campaign: Mark and Key De Cook, Bruce and Sandy Heerema, Stan and Gayle Poortinga and Bob and Lois Vermeer.

The co-chairs say they believe The Cottages will provide exciting new options for older adults in Pella and Marion County. They’re confident that once citizens see for themselves what The Cottages will offer that they will provide additional support to enable the campaign to reach the $5 million goal.

“It’s a challenge,” Bruce Heerema says, “but Pella has always responded well to challenges in the past. I’m an optimistic person and I believe we will make it.”