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October 2014

The Expanded One-Bedroom: Is it the Right Home for You?

One of the most exciting parts of moving to Pennswood Village is getting to choose your new home! For many, this is the first new home they’ve picked in decades. Before you dive into choosing what color to paint the walls or what finishes you want in the kitchen, you should decide first which floor plan best fits your needs.

Perhaps you’re interested in having lots of space in a one-bedroom model? This floor plan features a spacious bedroom with a walk-in closet and a secondary closet, full bath with washer and dryer, a large living/dining room, and a well-apportioned kitchen. Additionally, the Expanded One-Bedroom has either a balcony or patio and two extra storage spaces. Read the full article »

Women helping women: Two Pennswood Village residents share hopes for ending domestic abuse

Betty Aptaker

Betty Aptaker

Ask Betty Aptaker about her “Easing conflict in the home” session at our Peace Conference at Pennswood Village last month and she remarks first how much she enjoyed the additional expertise participants brought. One has written a book on child abuse, another was a social worker. Of course, anyone who’s flipped through our resident biographies can tell you what a fascinating and accomplished community we share!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and with recent high-profile incidents in the news, we’d like to take the opportunity to feature Betty and another resident—Nancy Morrill—who have invested decades of career and volunteer efforts to advocate for women.

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Pennswood Village Resident and Retired Tree Farmer Carves Niche in Community’s Woodshop

IMG_1673 For Pennswood Village resident Fred Nielsen, trees have been a way of life for more than 40 years. A former tree farmer, he spent years growing and cutting trees in Mercer County, N.J., to be used to make fine furniture.

Fred decided to give up tree farming and slow down in 2013. That’s when he and his wife, Maiken, stumbled upon Pennswood Village and decided to make it their new home. “We found out about Pennswood by accident,” he said. “We took one look at the place and signed up. We instantly took a liking to it.” Read the full article »

Gardening Made Easy at Pennswood Village Community Garden

Does the idea of gardening appeal to you, but you’re not sure about all the work and commitment involved? Gardening at the Pennswood Village community garden could hardly be easier! It’s a warm, friendly, and supportive environment where you can manage a garden plot and cultivate vegetables and flowers with as much help and guidance as you’d like from accomplished gardeners. New community members are often amazed by how easy it is to participate here. Read the full article »

Welcome to our new blog!

Ben Hoyle, CEO, Pennswood Village

Ben Hoyle, CEO, Pennswood Village

Thank you for taking the time to read our first blog post! We’re starting this blog as a way to give readers like you a glimpse into Pennswood Village. We hope to highlight the unique experiences that a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community can offer. We want to help clarify some of the questions you may have about what it means to be Quaker directed, or even what it means to be a continuing care retirement community.

We’ll feature our people—the residents, the staff, and the community members who really are the heart and soul of Pennswood Village. We are a place where people grow—intellectually, physically, socially and spiritually. We are a place of community. Read the full article »