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June 22, 2020

Policy for Visitors as of June 22nd

Policy for Visitors as of Monday, June 22nd, 2020 We are very happy and excited to open our buildings to our visitors in Sunset Hills and Chesterfield once again! Effective Monday, June 22, 2020, beginning at 12:00 noon, we will begin to allow visitors in the buildings and in residents’ apartments. We must still keep in mind the threat of COVID-19. It has not diminished. For us to be safe and be able to allow visitors we ask that all visitors comply with the following: Maintain social distancing while waiting […]
June 22, 2020

St. Louis Business Journal Story Featuring Friendship Village

Here’s an interesting story posted this month in the St. Louis Business Journal discussing the challenges facing senior living communities locally and nationwide. The publication spoke with Friendship Village as well as other local communities. Our own Chief Strategy Officer and Chesterfield Interim Executive Director Carmen Fronczak was interviewed for the story and talked about how Friendship Village’s two campuses have fared during the pandemic as some have put off their plans to move. Despite the recent challenges since March and April, Fronczak noted Friendship Village has filled 80 new […]
June 2, 2020

Jennifer Russell – Friendship Village Employee Spotlight

Jennifer Russell, the Community Life Services Director of Friendship Village Chesterfield, has been an employee of the Village for 25 years! In her time here, the positive change Jen has affected in seniors’ lives is endless. Over the course of her tenure, she has grown the activities department to be more robust than ever before. Beginning with 12 volunteers in 1994, Jen now has 173 that have combined provided 12,328 hours in the last calendar year. Since embarking on what has been the largest renovation project for a senior living […]
June 2, 2020

Bobbie Liverar – Friendship Village Employee Spotlight

Meet our Community Life Services Director of Friendship Village Sunset Hills, Bobbie Liverar! Bobbie will have been with Friendship Village 30 years come October! She started off in food service, where she stayed for 12 years. She began her journey as a server before becoming the dining room manager, and eventually the food service office manager. From there she moved from food service to community life. As the Director of Community Life, Bobbie’s department has grown from 2 to 14 people. “I have a team of amazing people who also show […]
June 2, 2020

Ron Denny – Friendship Village Employee Spotlight

Ron Denny has been with Friendship Village for over 11 years. Making the move from construction, Ron’s first role was as a carpenter at our Sunset Hills location. Ron’s services were needed in Chesterfield, so he started splitting his time between the two campuses before working permanently in Chesterfield. His job title went from Carpenter, to Refurbishment Manager, to Maintenance Manager, and finally just this past December he was promoted to Director of Maintenance! “What has kept me here is honestly really the residents,” Ron said. “I truly have a heart […]
April 8, 2020

How-to Use Zoom Video 101

March 22, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Zona Cetera, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: How did you navigate the changes in your career? Answer: “I always knew I wanted to do something in medicine. In fact, one time my mom found me operating on her favorite doll. I started out in nursing and got my BSN. I worked as a school nurse for a while and I found out very quickly that the youth were not much better in terms of mental health and school problems and that continued to make me want to teach and educate. I just felt a calling to […]
March 21, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Bob Belline, resident Friendship Village Chesterfield

Question: What’s something you started doing as a child that you’ve carried with you throughout your life? Answer: “I’ve played golf all my life. I enjoy the game. I don’t play it well – I tell people I don’t play golf; I play at golf. I enjoy playing with my friends and my sons-in-law. Golfing is physical and gives you a sense of accomplishment, I think. All it takes is one good shot and you’re ready to come back the next day, even if you’ve had 40 or so bad […]
March 20, 2020

We Are Friendship Village: Dorothy Gross, resident Friendship Village Sunset Hills

Question: What do you not miss about living in your home before you moved to Friendship Village Answer: “I don’t miss making my bed when it’s time to change the sheets. I hate putting the sheets on the bed. I have someone who comes around every two weeks and puts the sheets on my bed, so all I have to do is take ‘em off! The fitted sheet, it’s too hard to pull that down and get it tucked. I hate doing it!” – Dorothy Gross, resident Friendship Village Sunset […]
 

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