WINONA LAKE — Grace Village Retirement Community held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new employee lounge this week. The renovated employee lounge, renamed the Hero’s Haven, was dedicated to the employees of Grace Village by resident and ’74 Society member, Stan Stokes.
Stokes is a long-time resident of Grace Village Retirement Community, moving here while his wife, Marcia, was being cared for in the healthcare facility. He loves living at Grace Village and shows it by volunteering and participating in almost all activities. The bus trips are his favorite and he looks forward to the day when those trips can resume. Stokes has supported numerous projects throughout the campus, including chapel upgrades, landscaping projects, the resident care center and employee assistance. For the new employee lounge, Stokes contributed $14,000 in memory of his late wife. He wished to support the healthcare workers that cared for her during her final years and those caring for all the residents, every day.
The Hero’s Haven is now a modern, warm and relaxing atmosphere for employees to take their breaks and recharge from the demands of working in the healthcare field. The space features a quiet room with reclining chairs, coffee bar and even a fireplace which was gratefully provided by the friends and family of Bob and Joene Cover.
“The board, staff and employees are so grateful for this donation from Mr. Stokes and the Cover family. It means so much that they recognize the hard work and dedication of our employees and wanted to support them in this way,” said Justin Kimbrell, president and CEO.