2010 News Stories

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Posted on Tue, Nov 09, 2010

Grand Opening Celebration at Heritage Homes Assisted Living and Memory Care Community Draws Hundreds 

Heritage Homes, Watertown, WI

Watertown, WI–More than 400 community members, supporters, friends, residents, families, team members and special guests from Watertown and across the nation joined together on Saturday, November 6, to attend the Dedication Service and Open House at the new assisted living and memory care community at Heritage Homes. This service is the newest Christian community for older adults at Heritage Homes. The 26 assisted living and 18 memory care apartments, along with extensive services and amenities that may be customized to each individual, are located at 700 Welsh Road in Watertown. At this same location, Heritage Homes also offers 52 independent living apartments in a community especially designed for people 55 and better.

Laurie Rehm, Administrator of Heritage Homes, states, “Thank you to all involved for your prayers and for the time, talents and treasures that you’ve given to make this new community a reality. We look forward to this new era of service within the Watertown community and surrounding area.” 

At the dedication, Michael Klatt, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA), the ministry which owns Heritage Homes, shared, “It is a joy and privilege to be able to serve this community. We are gathered to celebrate a wonderful accomplishment, but our real accomplishment is being able to share a message of hope. That is what our founding, 112 years ago today, (November 6), was about, and today, we have the privilege to offer people a home ‘Where the Care of the Soul is the Soul of Care.’” 

Saturday’s beautiful weather provided the backdrop for a day filled with a memorable worship dedication service, a ribbon cutting ceremony, many talented musicians and open house. This event was truly a community event as people of all ages came to participate in the celebration. 

The day began with a worship dedication service in the dining room of the independent living community. Rev. Herbert Prahl, Western Wisconsin District President of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, was the special guest speaker. God’s promise to care for us, no matter where we are in life, was his sermon theme. Rev. Anthony Schultz of St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church of Watertown served as the liturgist. Prof. Randy Bode of Luther Preparatory School played the piano. Rev. Ronald Uhlhorn was also installed as the chaplain of the assisted living and memory care community. 

Following the worship service, Michael Klatt then welcomed the group. He reminded them that 112 years ago on the same date, a similar group of people celebrated the dedication of the first Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. That home began due to the efforts of an 83-year-old widow, Sophie Boessling, who wanted a home for orphans and the elderly that would care for both the body and soul.  

Guests then went outside for the ribbon cutting ceremony, held outside the main entrance of the assisted living and memory care community. Visitors then toured the new community.   

During the open house, guests had the first opportunity to explore the single-story building. Areas of interest included the private apartment homes, the salon and spa, therapy center, and the interactive kitchens. Many recognized the original Heritage Homes sign, now relocated inside, near at the entrance from assisted living entering the independent living community.   

The day’s entertainment included the contemporary Christian band, Koiné, and student musicians from Luther Preparatory School. Visitors also met representatives from the organizations that are partnering with Heritage Homes. From Watertown, Elite Cuisine, Keck Furniture, Rainbow Hospice as well as the Alzheimer’s Association of Jefferson/Dodge Counties answered questions about their services.  

Therapists from Achieve Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine were also in their new clinic. Physical, occupational and speech therapy are available for resident at Heritage Homes as well as community members of all ages.  

In addition to offering exceptional senior living in a Christian environment, Heritage Homes will provide the community with more accessible meeting spaces, educational opportunities, resource centers, dining experiences and special events. 

This special day provided people the opportunity to experience a community like no other. At Heritage Homes personalized care and services, architecture, special cuisine, hospitality, the latest technology and spiritual care are uniquely designed to exceed expectations for assisted living and memory care. 

For additional information regarding the services available at Heritage Homes, please contact Laurie Rehm, Administrator, at (920) 206-9448 or lrehm@tlha.org.

Tags: TLHA, senior living, Wisconsin, Heritage Homes