Article courtesy of Kelly Wiest, executive director of Casa de Modesto:
Casa de Modesto opened its doors on May 16, 1965 and was the dream of Merle Strohm, member of the Modesto Church of the Brethern.
Although Casa de Modesto is not officially affiliated with any particular church or denomination today, the Church of the Brethern played a major role in the formation of the community.
Throughout the past 49 years, Casa de Modesto has seen many changes and yet it remains today as it has always been – a home for seniors to live healthy and fulfilling lives among friends and family. Development of a tri-level reirement center was a new concept in 1965. Although there are many more retirement communities today, Casa de Modesto remains the only non-profit, multi-level community in Modesto; providing Independent and Assisted Living and skilled nursing. In 1978 the Delmar E. Myers Care Center was opened to meet the demand for skilled nursing. Since then Casa de Modesto has added courtyard apartments, an activity center, maintenance building and Restorative Therapy unit, as well as a state-of-the-art kitchen. Casa de completed a transformation of its grounds several years ago and is in the process of updating its Assisted Living rooms.
Other celebrations planned for this year include a fall fundraising event, May senior prom, participating in the 4th of July Parade, hosting the Chamber of Commerce in June and several open houses.
As Casa de Modesto looks forward to the next 50 years there will undoubtedly be many more changes, but at the center of those changes remains the solid foundation of fellowship that makes Casa de Modesto “a home to come home to” for countless seniors.
To learn more about Casa de Modesto, visit www.casademodesto.org