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Warm Hearth Foundation Receives Stewardship Award from Leading Age Virginia

The Warm Hearth Foundation was recognized by Leading Age Virginia at its annual conference on June 8, 2017 as the leader in stewardship among its 123 members from throughout the state.  The Warm Hearth Foundation receives and administers funds to support seniors living at Warm Hearth Village who are in need of financial assistance and/or support with basic necessities that include food, shelter, personal care items and health care services. These needs total more than $500,000 each year and the Foundation continually seeks innovative programs and partnerships to engage the community in its fundraising efforts to support neighbors in need throughout the Warm Hearth Village campus.

The Stewardship Award recognizes organizations who act in a manner worthy of trust and respect and who advance public trust and confidence in aging services.  Focused on the scope of public impact and benefit to the community, The Foundation’s efforts to collaborate with businesses, individuals and community organizations to raise funds for seniors in need at the Blacksburg based retirement community were applauded by Leading Age Virginia.

Warm Hearth Village has been a member of Leading Age Virginia since 1981.  A state-wide organization focusing on education, advocacy, community building, stewardship, not-for-profit leadership, and positive aging for seniors, members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services and continuum of care, state and business partners, consumer groups, foundations and research partners.  The mission of LeadingAge Virginia is to expand the world of possibilities for aging

Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg offering a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.

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    Dick Skutt is a walking, talking advertisement for health and fitness. The 86-year-old Warm Hearth Village resident is the only Virginian to place in the racquetball competition in the National Senior Games that took place in Birmingham, Alabama on June 10th.

    Over 10,000 athletes from across the country, ranging in age from 60 to 94 years young, competed in a variety of sports at the 2017 National Senior Games.  Events included basketball, Pickleball, swimming and track and field.

    Skutt competed in the local senior games held in Blacksburg, then traveled to Newport News to compete in the state competition before going on to the National Senior Games. The racquetball athlete said that he seeks to inspire others--including those much younger than he--to become active and healthy.

    Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg that provides a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home. 

  • Warm Hearth Village Assisted Living Residents Reaping Benefits from Herb Gardens

    Many seniors have fond memories of planting and harvesting gardens to feed their young families.  Some included herbs in their spring plantings. Staff and residents at Showalter Center, the assisted living residence at Warm Hearth Village, have worked to construct and plant herb gardens.  The gardens contain a variety of herbs in raised beds that are harvested by residents and used in preparing meals in the dining room. Nate McCutcheon, Dining Production Manager shares, “I see the residents enjoying the tranquil scenery around the gardens where birds and butterflies frequent. We use the basil we grow in pesto, sage on our pork and chicken, lemon balm in beverages, cilantro for fresh Pico de Gallo and parsley to garnish our plates.”  

    The benefits of herbs for seniors, especially, is greater because herbs produce flavorful culinary additions which can act as a salt replacement, helping older adults to reduce high blood pressure and minimize the risk for overall heart problems.  The mere act of gardening relieves stress for many.  “I love putting my hands in the earth. Gardening helps fulfill this need as a fun ‘chore’ that’s neither too demanding nor too passive. It also feels good to be growing the ingredients that all my neighbors will enjoy,” says Elizabeth Myers, a resident of Showalter Center.

    Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg offering full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.


    Freedom First Credit Union recently awarded the Warm Hearth Foundation a Community Investment Grant in the amount of $5,000 to facilitate the production of Common Cents, a play designed to educate elementary-age children about the history and value of money.  The play was written and will be produced by Warm Hearth Village’s Director of Events and Volunteer Programs, Mardy Baker. The Community Investment Grant will enable Warm Hearth Village to provide this program at no cost to 20public elementary schools throughout the New River and Roanoke Valleys. The play will feature residents of Warm Hearth Village, along with actors from the community at large, who will participate as cast members and interact with the children.

    ” With this program, the basics of saving, spending and sharing will be taught in an exciting and humorous way,” says Baker.   Included in the program will be the history behind why and who was chosen for representation on our basic currency.  Baker says  “I believe this is a valuable opportunity for youth and seniors to interact in a fun environment. Children continue to develop into caring, well-rounded people when they are involved with charities and seniors experience a feeling of usefulness and connectivity.”

    Shows are being booked from September to December, 2017. Audition dates are June 14 and 15, from 2 to 4pm.  Sign up for an audition slot by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community providing a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.

  • Warm Hearth Village Welcomes New Activities Director

    Jordan Benedict was recently named Activities Director at the Kroontje Health Care Center at Warm Hearth Village.  Benedict is responsible for the planning and implementation of activities and daily enrichment programs for residents in assisted living, memory care, long-term nursing care and skilled care.

    Benedict received her B.S. Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Radford University and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS) with experience in long-term care.

    “I love working in this environment and hope to enrich the lives of all the residents around me," Benedict said. "My desire is to go beyond the residents' expectations so each day is a fun, uplifting experience."

    Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg that provides a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.

  • Warm Hearth at Home Welcomes New Director of Nursing

    Mandy Crouch, RN, BSN has joined the Warm Hearth at Home team as the new Director of Nursing. She earned her BSNfrom Galen College of Nursing in San Antonio, Texas and she has a varied and impressive background.  Crouch served four years of active duty in the Air Force and has worked as a police officer in addition to her experience in skilled nursing,medical-surgical nursing and progressive care nursing settings.

    Crouch looks forward to bringing a holistic approach to nursing to her new clients and team.  “We are very fortunate to have someone with Mandy’s experience join our team and we look forward to continuing to grow our business with her leadership,” says Michelle Narramore, Administrator of Warm Hearth at Home.

    Warm Hearth at Home provides comprehensive home health care services to residents of the New River Valley that include skilled nursing services, rehabilitative therapies, personal care, care management and companion care.  They are a Medicare licensed provider and a part of the Warm Hearth Village family of health care services. 

    Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg that provides a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.