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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

MHCO Willow Ridge reaches full occupancy


Since 2005 Mennonite Home Communities had been dreaming of the day when Green House homes would become a reality in Bluffton. In November 2012 the dream was realized, but not fully.

Not until April 26, 2013 were all the licenses and certifications finally complete, allowing full occupancy of both homes. On June 3, Frieda House and Betty House reached full occupancy for the first time.

Bluffton Community Preschool now accepting 2013-14 enrollment

Bluffton Community Preschool is accepting enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year. 

For a registration package or more information please contact the BCP at (419) 358-0268 or email at blufftoncommunitypreschool@gmail.com

Persons may also visit the preschool Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/bluffton-community-preschool.

Helen Hilty, second-ever Maple Crest resident to celebrate 100th birthday

June 21 brought a milestone in Maple Crest, Bluffton, history and in the life of  Maple Crest resident Helen Hilty. 

Helen is only the second resident to celebrate her 100th birthday while living at Maple Crest. Kathryn Van Dyke was the very first, on Feb. 3, 2013. 

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio residents bring home eight ribbons in art and writing competition


Four residents from Bluffton’s Maple Crest and three from the Mennonite Memorial Home were winners in this year’s LeadingAge of Ohio Art and Writing competition. 

The show for the West region was hosted on June 20 by Good Samaritan Center, Arlington. All eight MHCO entries won first, second and third place ribbons. These high finishes qualifies each contestant to enter the state level contest on Sept. 11-12 in Columbus. 

Bluffton winners follow:

Matt and Nick Nowlan entertain at MMH Men's Banquet

Mennonite Memorial Home hosted its annual Men’s Banquet on June 19. The banquet gave  elders and guests- either sons, grandson, uncles, or friends - a chance to have a good time of food and fellowship.

MMH hosted a catered supper from Special Occasions in Upper Sandusky and the Service Group of MHCO made the pies for dessert.

Hilty Home family picnic provides summer fun

On Friday, June 13, Hilty Home, Pandora, hosted its annual family picnic. The picnic was served in a large tent in front of Hilty Home’s main building. 

The meal was a combination of food provided by Hilty Home and resident family members in attendance. 

Following the meal, the evening was brought to a close with entertainment from the Al Best Band, a local favorite and frequent guest of the MHCO communities.

Lots of fish story created from this year's Maple Crest fishing derby

Despite the overcast day, the sunshine finally came and over 200 people came to Maple Crest on June 6 for its annual fishing derby.

It was a great time of fun, food and fellowship for Maple Crest residents and their families as well as Maple Crest staff and their families. Aaron Siders, husband of Maple Crest's Joy Siders, caught the biggest fish this year - a catfish that was 23 inches long.

The prize for the smallest fish this year went to two people, Lizzie Helser and Stas Maksimov, who tied with each catching a 4 inch fish. 

"Susie": A Willow Ridge success story

Here's a story from the current issue of "The Visioneer," which includes project updates on Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio's New Vision Campaign. The compete issue of the newsletter is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

“Suzie” was among the first elders to move to Willow Ridge. Because of a stroke suffered five years earlier, Suzie had difficulty finding words, finishing thoughts and interacting with people. A few weeks after Suzie moved to Willow Ridge, she was enjoying the hearth room when she began speaking.

Luis Torres, Bluffton visitor with many local connections, performs at Maple Crest

A beautiful tenor voice floated out through the Maple Crest halls last Friday afternoon as Luis Torres led a hymn sing for residents. 

His wife, Pearl, accompanied the singers on the grand piano. Luis and Pearl, from Puerto Rico, are personally connected with Bluffton and with the Maple Crest community. 

In the 1940s, several Mennonite couples from Bluffton served under the Civilian Public Service program in a hospital in Puerto Rico and made an initial contact with Luis’ church. 

June 4 PrimeTimers is old-fashioned hymn sign

This month's PrimeTimers program is Tuesday, June 4, which features  an old-fashioned hymn sing with Joyce Jackson on piano and Debbie Mohr leading singing.

Meat, beverages and table service will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

PrimeTimers is for adults age 55 or older. It will meet the first Tuesday of each month (except January or July) at St. John Mennonite Church at noon. For more information, please contact Dave Stratton at 419-384-3680.