2016-06-29 / Sesquicentennial Edition

Mennonites Start Home For Seniors In Archbold

(Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint from the July 27, 1966 edition of the Archbold Buckeye.)

Representatives of 11 Mennonite churches in the community joined in an effort to provide a modern home for citizens unable to care for themselves or others who did not desire to maintain their own home.

A committee was selected to solicit funds from churches, individuals, organizations and industries. They were successful in securing cash and pledges totaling $400,000.

Hill-Burton funds totaling $200,000 were received, making $600,000 available with which to equip the 53 bed home, erected on a 38 acre site on the former Arvah Siegel farm in the northeast section.

It was dedicated and placed in service on March 1, 1964.

(Editor’s Note: Today, Fairlawn is considered a retirement campus, with a wide variety of living options ranging from shortterm rehabilitation stays to long-term care. There are opportunities for independent and supported living, income-based apartments for those over 62, and a specially designed facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.)

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