First residents welcomed to Homestead at Anoka

Women and men dedicated year round to providing care and service to America’s most vulnerable groups gathered at The Homestead at Anoka Dec. 3 to bless the dwelling and the people who will call that new senior living community and care center home – and to celebrate the completion of its residential wing.

The Homestead’s 59 independent and assisted living apartments are now open, with 20 new residents expected by the end of the month. The Homestead at Anoka’s 120 nursing suites will open in February, at which time the current residents of the Volunteers of America’s Anoka Care Center will move into the new facility on Fourth Avenue.

New residents and their families are “welcomed home” by Angie Zimmerman, RN, residence director for Volunteers of America’s Homestead at Anoka.

New residents and their families are “welcomed home” by Angie Zimmerman, RN, residence director for Volunteers of America’s Homestead at Anoka.

“We as an organization can build a building, do the ‘bricks and sticks’ part of the process,” said Wayne Olson, senior vice president of healthcare operations, Volunteers of America.

“But creating a community requires a different commitment and focus. This blessing ceremony acknowledges that while our staff provides amenities and purpose – the residents will make this a home.”

Rep. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) welcomed newcomers before the blessing ceremony conducted by Rev. Sherree Lane of Volunteers of America’s Anoka Care Center.

Abeler recognized fellow lawmakers and health care administrators from Volunteers of America who began work a decade ago to ensure Anoka residents maintained access to at least one quality living and care facility for seniors. One of the results of that 10 years’ toil is the Homestead at Anoka campus, and the range of services Volunteers of America provides to help older adults in Anoka.

A cozy fireside chat in the inviting comfort of The Homestead at Anoka’s foyer. Photos by Earl Teeporten

A cozy fireside chat in the inviting comfort of The Homestead at Anoka’s foyer. Photos by Earl Teeporten

The Homestead at Anoka offers a full continuum of living in apartment home neighborhoods. When needed, residents may choose a variety of assisted living options and 24-hour skilled nursing services on a long- or short-term basis, transitional/rehabilitation care, end-of-life care or services within a safe, controlled-access memory care neighborhood.

For information about The Homestead at Anoka’s state-of-the-art senior living and health care campus, contact Jared Keeney, director of community relations, at 763-404-7378 or jkeeney@voa.org.

A community open house is planned for The Homestead at Anoka Friday, Dec. 21.

  • chris A.

    This will be a great addition to the city. Last year I had a family freind that was in the her final days. She had to be moved to millaca. The staff was awsome but the drive to see her was a huge burden during an already stressful time. I’m glad that there are more options availible for our seniors to live out there final days in comfort and dignity, closer to anoka.

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