History of Kendal at Oberlin
The mission of Kendal at Oberlin, a not-for-profit
corporation, is to operate a continuing care retirement community
which provides the comprehensive services required by older people
living independently or with healthcare assistance. The community
operates in accordance with Quaker principles and Values and
Standards developed by the Kendal Corporation. Programs and
activities designed and initiated by residents enrich the life of the
(Excerpt from Statement of Mission for Kendal
- A group of Oberlin citizens decide to
investigate the possibility of building a retirement community in
Oberlin. In October, the group incorporated as the Oberlin
Retirement Community, Inc. A group of 17 local people pledged up
to $5,000 apiece to help the ORC with anticipated expenses.
- In November, an agreement with the Kendal
Corporation (Kenneff Square, PA) was signed which provided for
Kendal to "develop, market, arrange for financing and
construction, and to own and manage Kendal at Oberlin."
- Oberlin College trustees vote to acquire land
with the understanding Kendal would pay for the land when ready to
- The ORC is granted 501(c) (3) status as an
Ohio not-for-profit organization.
- The Oberlin Retirement Community becomes
Kendal at Oberlin. Amended Articles of Incorporation state, "The
corporation is incorporated under the Ohio Nonprofit Corporation
Law of 1955 or any successor act (as amended) exclusively for
charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 particularly to build, own,
operate and maintain residential, medical and protective care
facilities specifically designed, planned and equipped to meet the
physical, emotional, recreational, social and religious needs of
elderly persons; to provide lifetime medical and nursing care for
such persons; and to furnish, to the limits of its ability to do
so, financial security of persons who have been admitted to such
facilities by maintaining, at less than regular charges, any
resident who becomes unable to pay such charges and by operating
such facilities at the lowest feasible cost."
- First administrator is appointed.
- Venture capital is arranged.
- Architectural firm chosen.
- Kendal at Oberlin Community Board "reaffirmed
its intention that there should be a financial assistance fund for
residents of Kendal at Oberlin." $500,000 in bonds for this
purpose to be added to bonds to be issued to build Kendal.
- Land is acquired from Oberlin College.
- Annexation of land to City of Oberlin approved
by City Council.
- Admissions interviews begin.
- Barbara Thomas appointed administrator (now
referred to as Executive Director).
- Ground breaking for Kendal at
- In October, the first of Kendal's founding
residents move into Kendal at Oberlin.
- Kendal Corporation representatives explain
proposed new governance of Kendal and its community
- Medicare certification is assured.
- Resident-funded tennis courts
- Kendal at Oberlin Residents Association (KORA)
- Swimming pool project and fundraising
- The Kendal Corporation adopts new governance,
and responsibility for Kendal at Oberlin moves to a locally
appointed Board of Trustees.
- Committee on Long Range Planning surveys
residents for comments and suggestions.
- Work on a new Mission Statement to reflect
planning by the Kendal at Oberlin Board, staff and residents is
- Board Committee on Charitability begins a
study of responsibilities of Kendal as a non-profit, 501(c) (3)
organization. Charitability Plan is developed.
- Charitability Handbook is developed and
approved by the Board to guide the staff and Board.
- New Mission Statement is adopted for Kendal at
- Construction completed on the Fitness Center
with pools and exercise space.
- Kendal at Oberlin is approved to join the
HealthRays Alliance as a means to deal with changes brought on by
- Kendal's Resident Association (KORA) is
approved by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) organization.
- Kendal at Oberlin is named one of the "20 Best
Continuing Care Retirement Communities" in the nation by New
Choices Magazine, a Reader's Digest publication.
- Kendal at Oberlin is accredited by the
Continuing Care Accreditation Committee (CCAC), a service of the
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
- Kendal's Care for Kids (child day care) is
accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young