Tel Hai continues to grow

Photo Provided Bill and Barbara Kocher (Right) review the site plan with marketing director Cathy Yoder.

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HONEY BROOK - The first depositors at Tel Hai Retirement Community's Cedar Ridge neighborhood were welcomed by the marketing team in July. Bill and Barbara Kocher of South Carolina made their selections with support from Marketing Director, Cathy Yoder. A veteran of new development, Yoder also spearheaded the community's expansion during the construction of the Hillcrest apartment building and Garrett Community Center on the retirement community's campus in 1996.

The Cedar Ridge

neighborhood represents the first expansion at Tel Hai since that time. Updates, expansion and renovations of existing apartments and cottage homes have been underway throughout the intervening years.

"Their location is beautiful," said Yoder of the Cedar Ridge homes. She said many buyers were attracted to the view of the surrounding farms.

The floor plans have incorporated many suggestions of focus groups, including open spaces, lots of natural right, plenty of storage space and energy efficiency.

Joe Swartz, president and CEO, said the new neighborhood is filling a need in the market as the baby boomer generation begins to retire. Chester County has the fifth largest retirement community in Pennsylvania, which is one of the states with the highest retirement community population.

"Our continuing care facility is of great comfort," said Swartz. "It's a good place to come for [residents'] future."

Over 500 persons call Tel Hai "home." The "Hill of Life," founded in 1956, has grown from a 14-bed convalescent home into the robust community which today offers a complete continuum of care: 155 residential apartments and cottages as well as 37 affordable rental apartments, assisted living accommodations and a 139 bed health care facility. Adult Day Services and child day care are also available. Rehabilitation services directed by physical, occupational and speech therapists are provided on the 149 acre campus.

Yoder commented that there are accommodations for people of all income levels.

"Residents love the neighborhood feeling," said Yoder. "The beauty of this community is idyllic."

"Our 50th anniversary theme of faith and friendship is still applicable," said Swartz. "There's a spirit of community around the idea of frienship."]

He also said that Tel Hai's involvement in the community makes it an attractive place to live. Not only do volunteers come to help at Tel Hai, many residents also volunteer in the community.

"Our faith teaches us to help others," he said. "It's a natural continuation when our residents get here. It's unbelievable the amount of [volunteering] that goes on."

He said Tel Hai works with around 450 volunteers, both current residents and others throughout the community.

In addition, residents can join a variety of activity groups, use the new extended gym or spend time in the gardens and walking trails throughout campus.

Cedar Ridge pioneers will be choosing their home sites and design elements in the coming months. The 23 cottage homes feature bright, open living spaces in three contemporary floor plans: the Berkshire offers 1481 square feet of living space with a one-car garage and the Lancaster provides 1609 square feet of living area and a two-car garage. The Chester, Tel Hai's most spacious in this neighborhood boasts 1785 square feet of living space and a two-car garage.

All three models may be available with deck and basement options dependent upon the home site selected. Numerous standard amenities including sunrooms, a gas fireplace, dual sinks in

the master bath and well equipped kitchens can be found in the Cedar Ridge neighborhood.

Swartz said that currently, the layouts are being picked evenly by interested despositors.

Tel Hai is in the final stages of working with the township and Chester County and if everything goes according to plan, Swartz said they hope to start building Cedar Ridge in the new year, weather permitting.

Persons interested in learning more about Tel Hai's 53 year history of compassionate, quality care, community activity and a lifestyle that offers the ability to redefine retirement YOUR way should contact Cathy Yoder, Director of Marketing at 610-273-9333, ext. 2750. Residents of this nationally accredited not-for-profit continuing care retirement community enjoy a rural setting surrounded by Amish farms and rolling hills.

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