Dayton Retirement: Friendship Village

 Dayton Retirement: Friendship Village

This retirement community has always integrated itself into the community.

Friendship Village has been a cornerstone of the community for just over 40 years, which it’s honoring with its Forty Acts of Friendship campaign. Through this, Friendship Village has helped Habitat for Humanity, administered flu shots and began a scholarship fund.

“Our positive influence in the community has made us an icon,” says Pam Hall, director of sales and marketing at Friendship Village. “Many, many people have called it home.”

Friendship Village has programs not only for their residents, but for the community, too.

“We step out and invite the public in,” says Jerome Demmings, executive director of Friendship Village. “Many of our residents still go out into the community and volunteer. That is another key component.”

Some programs the public can attend are health fairs and seminars on topics like identity theft and when to call your doctor.

For the residents of Friendship Village, there are many activities like bingo, dances, zumba, trips to Hueston Woods and Dayton Dragons games. They also have Senior Week, Theme Day and support groups for diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

One of Friendship Village’s recent fun days was the Friendship Fair, complete with cotton candy, snow cones and carnival games. They’ve also hosted corn hole tournaments and even a dog show.

“We pulled it off with the staff that works here,” says Hall. “They love it.”

On campus, community members and residents 60 years and older can meet and grow new relationships at Friendship Village’s Coffee House over a cup of Friendship coffee.

Friendship Village residents also lend a hand to Village Treasures, a secondhand store managed and run by the residents on campus.

“It’s amazing to work at a community of talented residents,” says Demmings. “They work even with a foot of snow on the ground.”

Hall says that everything goes on just as planned and the residents play a role in making Friendship Village a great retirement community.

The campus has a fine arts room, woodshop, craft room, extensive library, flower and vegetable garden, Wii, a card lounge and more.

Friendship Village currently has 450 residents on campus and 400 staff members. This retirement community offers independent living, assisted living and rehabilitation services as well as nursing care.

“We try to meet the greater need of our residents,” says Demmings.

One of Friendship Village’s residents has been staying at “the friendliest place on Earth” for 38 years, which is nearly as long as Friendship Village has been serving northern Dayton.

Recent developments for the retirement community include the purchase of 50 acres, but they are still making decisions on what they will do with it.

“There have been a wide range of suggestions, but the goal is that it will be beneficial to the community as well,” says Hall.

Demmings agrees, saying that the committee will look at how the area is evolving and make a decision based on strategic planning.