It’s February! How did that happen? January flew by, and here we are about to finish construction on VCC’s new Beardsley Family Memory Support Neighborhood. I hope you’re planning on attending our open house on February 20th. If you can’t come, contact me to schedule a tour before we move residents into their apartments in March. I love to show it off; it’s a beautiful facility.

We’re also hosting “Coffees with Wendy” every first Friday of the month. VCC’s Executive Director, Wendy Kleppe, will use this time to discuss what’s happening  here as well as delve into the many challenges of caring for seniors. If you are questioning the steps involved in caring for a loved one or planning your own care, these talks might be a good opportunity to start the discussion. Let me know if you’d like to join us for the first one this Friday, February 7th at 8:00 AM. Space is limited.

It’s been all hands on deck as we get ready for the memory support opening. This includes the  intrepid ladies of the Vashon Island Garden Club (pictured below) who spent two days digging out plants in the rain, to make way for Maeve’s Memory Garden.  The garden is named for Maeve Lambert, who was island activist and philanthropist Hilary Emmer’s life partner. As many of you remember, Maeve suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and was not able to stay on the island for care because there were no options at the time. Maeve’s Memory Garden design was lovingly drafted by Island artist Darsie Beck (see the plan below),  and the Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA)–led by Chris Beck– will create mosaic garden posts, Between them, the Becks have had several family members at VCC over the past 20 years.






More big news: We’ve finally received a full capacity generator–thanks to a grant from Washington State Department of Commerce and the persistence of former Senator Sharon Nelson, Vashon Be Prepared’s Rick Wallace and former VCC Foundation Director, Verna Everitt. This project has been several years in the making, and we are so thankful to have the ability to power the entire facility in the event of an outage. Here are some photos of the generator installation a few weeks back.






Finally, I want to thank all of the people who donated to VCC in  2019. Your support is invaluable, and we are so grateful. We are in the middle of transferring databases, which is my poor excuse for leaving some very important names off the list that was published in the all-island newsletter that you recently received in the mail. For a full list of donors, please visit our website. To see it, you’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the Giving Page.


Wishing you crocuses and sunshine in February and hoping to see you at VCC!

With gratitude for our residents and this community,


Anne Atwell is the community relations and development director at VCC. A Vashonite for 20 years, Anne is proud to say that her first non-profit volunteer board experience was on that of the Vashon Community Care Center way back in the late 90’s. She is so pleased to be coming full circle to work again for VCC and its wonderful residents.