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Twenty eight men officially belong to the Garden Spot Village Train Room, working together to serve and entertain the community. Pictured, left to right: Harry Black, Art Johnsen, Mike Lanyon, Charley Hentz

Model Train Room

“Our goal is to entertain the community,” Harry Black says. “We like to see people visit, interact with the trains and leave happy.” When Harry and Mary Alice Black were preparing to move to Garden Spot Village in 2003, Harry realized that the train layout he had started in his retirement needed a new home as well. He connected with Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment, to see if Garden Spot Village would want a train layout... Read More
Garden Spot Village residents sewed 96 sets of pajamas, which will be hand-carried to Kenya by staff and residents on the Travel with Purpose trip to Kijabe, Kenya in late September 2019. Pictured, left to right: Mabel Kurtz, Janie Martin.

Pajamas for Patients

“Serving at the CURE Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. It was life-changing. I learned so much from the Kenyan people.They fully live as a community. They don’t think about the sacrifice, they just do what needs to be done,” says Janie Martin, clinical care coordinator at Garden Spot Village. Janie participated in the Travel with Purpose Trip to Kenya in September 2018. One of the many ways... Read More
A group of boys ride bike through Lifecycles, which meets at Garden Spot Village in New Holland, Pa.

Lifecycles

As part of a leadership course with their church in 2017, Al and Stacy Vega were challenged to research a ministry they wanted to start. Al discovered LIFECYCLES, a local organization that wraps mentoring, spiritual development, and life skills development in the adventure of a Christ-centered bicycle touring experience for urban teens.The mission of the organization appealed to him and he invited his son, AJ, to join him as he went along on a ride in Marietta to learn more.... Read More
Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Exploring the Holy Land

“It was exhaustingly life-giving,” says John Hart, Garden Spot Village resident since December 2016, describing the trip he and his wife, Sherry, took to Israel in June 2018. The tour, which they booked through Chosen People Ministries, was an 11-day learning journey that included 10 hours of sightseeing each day coupled with several hours of teaching and worship each evening. Six hundred people from 17 countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Costa Rica, participated in the tour. ... Read More
Garden Spot Village Resident Gordon Lash interacts with students from New Holland Elementary.

Crafting Cross-Generational Memories

New Holland Elementary School Principal Jeff Starr: “We have a need—kids thirsty for learning—and Garden Spot Village residents have a desire to transfer their hands-on wisdom.” In November 2018 Meghan Clisham, a 5th grade teacher at New Holland Elementary, contacted Garden Spot Village, asking if it was possible to work together to create an afterschool club for her students. Larry Knepper, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2009 and Wood Shop member, approached the Wood Shop... Read More
Don & Lois Adrich and Fred & Eileen Eck coordinate a free community meal at CrossNet Youth Center each month.

Celebrating Community

“It’s a nice opportunity to get together,” says Ruth Frantz, who lives across the street from the CrossNet Youth Center on Franklin Street. “The meals are very nice, the people are very nice and we enjoy going.” Ruth, her sons and her granddaughters frequently enjoy dinner together at Garden Spot Village’s Swipe Out Hunger meal served on the fourth Monday evening of each month at CrossNet Youth Center. In March 2017 Fred and... Read More