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Our History at The Village

BicycleDedicated to innovation, The Village has been expanding and renovating our facilities to keep up with new technology and comforts.

  • 1983 - Gene and Eleanor Smith began with a vision to build a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Indianola. In the course of their research, the Smiths visited over 30 retirement communities in 13 states.
  • 1984 - Mr. Smith met with Edwin C. Thomas III, Executive Director of South Iowa Methodist Homes (now known as Wesley Retirement Services) to cultivate interest in expanding to a 4th location.  
  • 1987 - Simpson College President, Steve Jennings, secured the 19.5 acres that became the site for The Village.
  • 1988 - Additional land is acquired around the planned site for a total of 37 acres.
  • 1989 - First site plans completed for Aspen, a 59 unit apartment building for independent living, and Maplecrest, site of 15 independent apartments, 12 townhomes, a 36 bed-health center and administrative offices. By the end of the year, 77 Village Pioneers had reserved 52 units - apartments and townhomes.
  • 1994 - Expansion: Phase two of townhome development, 12 townhomes were added.
  • 1999 - Expansion: Phase three, 9 new townhomes added to The Village campus.
  • 2003 - Expansion & Renovation: Groundbreaking for new wing on Maplecrest. Remodel of Health Center begins.
  • 2005 - Expansion & Renovation: New wing of Maplecrest opens with The Oaks, 14 certified assisted living apartments, and The Willows, a secured memory support unit with 18 private rooms. Remodel of health Center completed, forming two households - Magnolia and Juniper, with a capacity for 18 residents in each household.
  • 2005 - Expansion: Phase four of townhome development, 10 townhomes and 2 single family homes were added.  
  • 2007 - Expansion: Groundbreaking for the Serviceberry Building - Paul Gorham Wood Working Shop and The Studio.
  • 2008 - Serviceberry opens, which includes the Paul Gorham Wood Working Shop and The Studio
  • 2010 - Renovation of Aspen and Maplecrest buildings
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