On Saturday, July 26, Beatitudes Campus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking of North Congregational Retirement Home, which is now called Beatitudes Campus. On that day, 50 years ago, members of Church of the Beatitudes came to this vast farmland at 16th Avenue and Glendale, to break ground for a new vision of comfortable, caring and affordable retirement living. What a transformational day that must have been – not even the founders could fully fathom what Beatitudes Campus would become.
“Fifty years ago, the founders had a clear vision of what they wanted Beatitudes Campus to be – a comfortable, caring, affordable retirement community where people could live, learn and grow through all the days of their lives,” said Michelle Just, President and CEO of Beatitudes Campus, to a crowd of 365 people. “The campus continues to hold tight to that vision today.”
Since that day when the founders break ground, Beatitudes Campus has been focused on being the best community it can – not only for the people who live here today, but for the generations that follow.
“Every day, we look to the vision of our founders, while we build and innovate for the future,” said Lisa Grobe, chair of the Beatitudes Campus Board of Directors.
Beatitudes Campus will celebrate its 50th anniversary throughout the next year. The staff is identifying 50 impact projects that will completed in the next year. These projects will focus on wellness, health and social issues, education, spiritual life, outreach and sustainability. The staff is also committed to volunteering for 50 hours annually within the greater Phoenix community.
During the next year, Beatitudes Campus not only will look back on accomplishments during the past five decades – the campus infrastructure, the residents and church members, the awards the campus has earned – but also look forward to serving the next generations of older adults. Beatitudes Campus has served approximately 13,000 older adults who call the campus home and hundreds more are served through wellness and outreach programs. Beatitudes Campus surely sets the standard in the aging services field and the community.