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A Joyful Week at VCC

What fun we've had taking people through the new Beardsley Family Memory Support Neighborhood this week. From longtime donors and volunteers to people just interested in seeing the remodel, it was a pleasure to kick off this exciting new chapter of VCC's history together. Here are some photos of some of our visitors and of [...]

Thank You to Our 2019 Donors!

Your generous donations and support for our community are greatly appreciated. Anne and Adam Atwell Amy Baldinger and Emily Belshaw Bruce and Debbie Cekosh Vicki and Ted Clabaugh Lynn Davison and Judith Clegg Nancy and Dennis Davidson Bob Hallowell Bruce and Karen Kirschner Ellen Kritzman Susan Nattrass Keith Putnam Fred and Nancy Sayer [...]

Where Did January Go?

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. [...]

New Executive Director at VCC

December 9, 2019 The first thing that struck me about Wendy Kleppe--VCC's new executive director--is how she disarms people with her kindness and genuine interest.  She began in her new role on December 2nd, and she has spent her first few days  talking at length to staff, residents and community members. "I am a sponge [...]

All Ages Trail Opens to VCC Residents

            November 19, 2019 Why all the happy faces on a grey day in November? It's because the new All-Ages Trail--a half-mile loop created by the Vashon Maury Land Trust to make the great outdoors more accessible to people aged one to 100--opened officially this past Sunday. We celebrated with [...]

Memory Support Construction Begins

  October 25, 2019 Yesterday we broke ground on VCC's new memory support "neighborhood." About 40 people attended, including many passionate supporters. It was a happy day for all involved because it marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in VCC's history. Why is this an important milestone? Because--from assisted living and respite care [...]

Feeling the Love!

    September 10, 2019 More than 50 people gathered on August 30th at VCC's farm-to-table volunteer appreciation luncheon. It was a remarkable turnout, and we--residents and staff--felt the love. We could not ask for a more involved and caring community. Annette Crawford, VCC's interim executive director, is awed by the outpouring: "In my almost 30 [...]

A Change in Leadership at VCC

August 9, 2019 Last week, VCC closed the skilled nursing wing. That's a hard pill to swallow for many of us who had grown accustomed to the idea that our loved ones, or even ourselves, would have the option of acute long-term care on the island. Yet, the truth is that VCC’s new model—a combination [...]

Thank You Volunteers!

July 23, 2019 Even after 20-plus years of watching Thriftway's drill team execute their carefully choreographed cart twirls and cheering on the Old Tractor Society, I'm still moved by the Vashon Strawberry Festival. Maybe that's exactly why; it's full of the people who make this island the vibrant, caring community it is. They're out in droves [...]

Moving Ahead at VCC

July 9, 2019 Here at VCC, where change seems to be the way we roll, the recent promotion of Krystal Willingham to director of care services is a new development we can all get behind. In her new role, Krystal will oversee nursing services for assisted living, as well as the new memory support unit. [...]