For these Residents, Willow Valley Communities is truly a family affair.

Peter and Phyllis Witmer will soon be Willow Valley Communities’ first third-generation Residents! Phyllis’s parents, Jim and Sally Witmer (coincidentally, Phyllis’s married name is the same as her maiden name), are current Residents of our Lakes community. Phyllis’s grandparents, Jacob and Naomi Good, were among the first Residents at Manor in the 1980s. Peter is also a legacy. His parents were Lakes Residents, and his mother is currently residing at The Glen. Also, Jim’s brother and his wife live at our SouthPointe community.

Phyllis says, “I grew up at Willow Valley Communities.” She remembers visiting her grandparents at Manor and having holiday dinners and celebrations with them. She also remembers bringing Peter, her then boyfriend (they met on a blind date), to meet them. Peter chuckles, “Phyllis’s grandparents had so many friends at Manor that we were left alone at the table while they socialized.”

Years later in 2016, after The Clubhouse was built, Phyllis enjoyed going to the outdoor pool with her mother every chance she could. In fact, she enjoyed The Clubhouse so much that her mother rented it out for her to hold her son’s high school graduation party there.

Now Peter and Phyllis are busy packing up their home in Leola, PA for a move to their apartment at Willow Valley Communities’ North community this spring. Peter currently works full-time for Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development, and Phyllis is a retired RN after a 38-year-long career at Lancaster General Hospital. They have a son who lives near Willow Valley Communities, and a two-year-old poodle, Sasha, who can’t wait to meet new friends at the dog parks on our campus.

“We always knew we would move here,” recalls Phyllis. “Willow Valley Communities made a commitment to us in mind, body, spirit. But what really sold us is Lifecare. It’s great to know that we will always be taken care of.” (Phyllis is referring to Willow Valley Communities’ Type A Lifecare contract, which means that if Peter or Phyllis ever need an enhanced level of care, their monthly service fee will not increase because of that enhanced need.)

Phyllis’s parents, Jim and Sally, are delighted with their daughter’s and son-in-law’s decision to move to Willow Valley Communities. And Sally says that her parents, Jacob and Naomi Good (past owners of Lancaster’s Good’s Furniture Store), would also be incredibly proud. “My father was a very smart businessman,” she explains. “He always believed in Willow Valley Communities, and so do we.”

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