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Santa Barbara Senior Living Community Exclusive Partner with Meals on Wheels Program

VV Meals on Wheels 1For 23 years, Valle Verde has been the exclusive provider for the Santa Barbara Meals on Wheels program. Together, the Santa Barbara senior living community and organization have served more than 800,000 meals to homebound clients in the area, specifically older adults who are unable to leave their house.

Every day, Valle Verde prepares approximately 100 hot meals (including an entrée, two sides, soup, salad and dessert), and offers a variety of options based on the dietary needs of the clients. Because Valle Verde serves daily meals to their own residents, the chef and dining services department have a good understanding of the types of foods that benefit older adults the most.

Thanks to the two not-for-profit organizations, more than 200 residents in the Santa Barbara area are guaranteed a hot meal daily, including holidays.

For more information contact: Dani Row, GlynnDevins, Public Relations, 913-754-2311, drow@glynndevins.com 

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Valle Verde Names New Executive Director

VV Melissa Beth HonigSANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Valle Verde announces Melissa Beth Honig as its new executive director. In her position, Honig will oversee day-to-day operations of the continuing care retirement community, including residential living, dining, health services and life enrichment programs.

“Providing an environment where older adults can live a fulfilling life in their later years has always been my passion, and I’m excited to create genuine relationships with our residents and team members,” said Honig. “Valle Verde has a great reputation in Santa Barbara, and I’m looking forward to building upon its success.”

Honig has more than 15 years of experience working with older adults in a variety of capacities. She’s worked as an admissions coordinator and move-in coordinator at a number of continuing care retirement communities, and as a laughter yoga leader for adults with Alzheimer’s. Honig is a licensed nursing home administrator and worked with The Green House Project ®, a program that transformed long-term care nationally. Prior to joining the Valle Verde team, she worked as the vice president of clinical services for ABHOW (American Baptist Homes of the West), the nonprofit senior living organization that owns and manages Valle Verde.

“Having previously working with Melissa at a corporate level, I know she possesses the kind of leadership qualities we seek in an upper-management position,” said Jeff Glaze, senior vice president and chief operations manager at ABHOW. “She has a gift for serving older adults and a passion for sharing her professional experience with the team members at Valle Verde.”

Honig is an honors graduate of James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health services administration. She also holds a Master of Health Services Administration degree in management and leadership from The George Washington University in Washington D.C.

For more information contact: Dani Row, GlynnDevins, Public Relations, 913-754-2311, drow@glynndevins.com 

 

Valle Verde Adds 40 Residential Living Residences on Campus

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.: Valle Verde, a senior living community in Santa Barbara, recently completed construction on 40 new single-story residences and will offer the newest residential living option for older adults in the area.

VV Expansion 3“The need for residential living has grown and is continuing to grow since we first opened in 1966,” said Tim Wetzel, executive director at Valle Verde. “The new homes will provide older adults and their families a familiar, welcoming and active place for them to spend their retirement.”

Studies suggest there will be 72 million seniors by 2030, a number that will represent about 20 percent of the United States population. According to the United States Census Bureau, Santa Barbara residents 65 and older make up more than 14 percent of the population, 3 percent higher than the population of older adults in California.

VV Expansion 2“In addition to the new residences, we’ve continued to expand our community by offering new activities and amenities for our residents,” said Wetzel. “Residents are enjoying the new bocce ball court, putting green, outdoor events plaza, wellness clinic, fitness center and a new styling salon with a massage treatment room.  We’re also looking forward to having a new poolside cafe by this fall.”

The community’s expansion will also provide additional parking spaces, a renovated theatre, convenience store, multi-purpose art room, card room, and meditation chapel.

Santa Barbara Seniors Celebrate the Beauty of Spring

The flowers are in full bloom, the weather is a perfect 75° and sunny, and a group of area seniors are sharing the beauty of springtime with their friends, family and neighbors.

VV Flower Show 2On April 18, LeadingAge California member Valle Verde is hosting their biannual flower show, and more than a dozen residents are expected to participate in the special event. Each resident and staff at the senior living community is invited to make their own floral arrangements with their favorite plants and flowers.

The arrangements will be as unique as each individual person, and will be on display during the Easter weekend for everyone to enjoy.

The event is open to the public through the weekend. Hours: Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.