The first phase of construction began in November 2014.
The first phase of construction began in November 2014.

The Village at Penn State is launching the public phase of the “Pride of Our Life,” a new, three-year, $4 million capital campaign that will help to fund an $11.6 million renovation project. It will result in a new personal care household, new community center, main entryway, new covered walkway and an additional dining venue at Liberty Lutheran’s university-based senior living community in State College. The public launch follows a quiet phase that has succeeded in raising $1.65 million.

“To move beyond great to extraordinary requires us to meet the entire range of needs within The Village at Penn State. We are truly humbled by the generosity of those who have partnered with us to realize this dream,” said Luanne Fisher, President and CEO of Liberty Lutheran. “We are also thankful for the continued support of the entire State College community.”

Residents, staff and community members gathered at the Village on June 24 for a celebratory reception to kick-off this next step in the campaign. The first phase of construction began in November 2014 when ground was broken to begin the infrastructure required to build the new personal care household, which is designed to accommodate 12-14 residents in a person-centered, home-like environment that will feature a fully functional country kitchen, living room with hearth and dining room.

Chick King, campaign co-chair, addressing the crowd at the June 24 reception.
Chick King, campaign co-chair, addressing the crowd at the June 24 reception.

“It’s an exciting time for all of us here at The Village at Penn State and it is truly an investment in our future,” said Chick King, Campaign Co-Chair.

Expected completion for the personal care household is spring 2016. From there, the Village’s skilled nursing facility, called the Atrium, will be reconfigured to accommodate 36 beds for long-term and short-term care.

A phasing plan includes future construction that will result in a spacious, new community center; an enclosed walkway that will connect the main building to the new personal care household and Atrium; an elegant, new entryway to the community; and new bike and walking paths.

“Moving to The Village was a gift to us and our children. It’s a wonderful place to live and there is always a lot to do. A new community center will give us the space we need to enjoy more events together—it’s a much needed addition for this active community,” said Nancy Gamble, a Village resident since 2004.

The architectural blueprint that guides the renovations was ultimately inspired by the Village’s residents. “As plans evolved, resident feedback helped us to revise and shape the project plan,” said Ellen Corbin, Executive Director, The Village at Penn State.

About The Village at Penn State

The Village at Penn State, founded in 2003, officially joined the non-profit Liberty Lutheran’s family of services in June 2012. A nationally recognized university-based, non-profit retirement community in State College, Pa., VPS provides a continuum of living options for adults 62-plus, including independent, personal care and skilled nursing services on site. Residents of VPS experience unique access to Penn State’s educational classes, cultural programs and sporting events, as well as many other opportunities through its proximity to the University.

About Liberty Lutheran

The Liberty Lutheran Family of Services faithfully provides vital resources to more than 61,000 individuals and families facing life-changing situations, with locations across Pennsylvania and combined service history of 300 years. Incorporated in 2001 with central offices in Ambler, Pa., Liberty Lutheran, strives to be a world class organization. Individualized services include independent living and personal care, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice care, in-home supports, wellness services, children and family services, integration services for immigrants and political refugees and disaster response. Liberty Lutheran’s team of dedicated employees serves individuals and families through their family of services in Pennsylvania, including Artman, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, Liberty at Home, Liberty Hospice, Lutheran Children and Family Service, Lutheran Congregational Services, The Hearth at Drexel (formerly Mary J. Drexel,) and The Village at Penn State.


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