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Helping to Rebuild in Tarboro

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, a team of 14 people—ranging in age from 26 to 82—from Garden Spot Village and Mount Gretna United Methodist Church, traveled with purpose to Tarboro, North Carolina to provide hope and help.  During Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 the Tar River, which runs between Tarboro and Princeville, overflowed its banks, flooding the town and leaving hundreds of people homeless.  Over the 24 months  since then, volunteers from United Methodist Volunteers in Mission have worked tirelessly... Read More
Fay Strickler loves to cook for her friends at Garden Spot Village

Food Explorer

Foodie Fay Strickler has traveled the world, tasting exotic cuisines. Through her career as a Penn State Extension Family and Consumer Science Educator she is a recognized source of practical, research-based educational information. As a member of national and international professional organizations, Fay visited every state in the U.S., as well as all seven continents. She and her husband enjoyed dining at local restaurants during their travels, savoring traditional dishes. Fay applies these international experiences to her passion for... Read More
Larry Knepper played a significant role in building the Cooperative Living House at Garden Spot Village.

Serving with Integrity

Larry Knepper grew up on a farm in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, learning to work with his hands. His father taught him to be patient and persistent, despite the challenges life throws at you.  These life skills influence the servant-leader and volunteer he is today.  Larry casually recounts a list of activities he recently helped with at Garden Spot Village. Included in the list is repairing and building wood items for facility services, running the sound booth in the... Read More
Joe Woods faithfully drives the Jolly Trolley on Friday afternoons, offering a smile and a friendly greeting.

Driving with a Smile

Joe Woods drives the Jolly Trolley every Friday afternoon, greeting riders with a smile and his signature greeting, “Today is Friday. And on Fridays, all the rides are free.” Riders usually respond with a smile and a chuckle. For Joe, connecting with people, putting a smile on their faces or a smile in their hearts is what driving the Jolly Trolley is about. He’s not just moving people from one area of the community to another... Read More
Adam and Jerrene Zimmerman at their home at Sycamore Springs at Garden Spot Village

Fulfilling a Passion to Explore the World

Adam and Jerrene Zimmerman love to travel. As newlyweds they took Frommer’s “Europe on $5 a Day” challenge and spent five weeks exploring 13 countries in Europe in a used van they purchased after arriving in Amsterdam. Their experiences from that once-in-a-lifetime trip served to heighten their interest in exploring the world. Through the years that followed they continued to travel occasionally. Limited vacation time and the ongoing maintenance of a farm with extensive flower beds and landscaping... Read More
Bob Collins finds purpose working in the metal shop at Garden Spot Village

Crafting a Future

When Bob and Bernie Collins moved to Rose Court in November 2016 Bob moved his welding and machining equipment into the garage of his new home. He quickly realized it wasn’t safe to use the machinery in the garage, so he reached out to Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment, in March 2017 to figure out his options for pursuing his lifelong passion of metalworking.  A machinist and millwright by trade, Bob started working with metal and creating custom... Read More