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Mission, Values, & History

The Meadows Mission

Meadows seeks to minister to seniors in the belief that God desires all people to enjoy dignity, respect, love and care.

Our Values

Meadows Communities, located just west of Chenoa and near Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, serves the McLean County , Woodford County, and Livingston County areas. Meadows cares for residents from Bloomington-Normal, El Paso, Gridley, Chenoa, Lexington, Pontiac, and many other communities in the central Illinois area.

Meadows Mennonite Retirement Communities exist to provide Christian comprehensive senior living, designed to continue, in faith, the work of the church and to meet community needs by caring for seniors.  Our ministry serves individuals at varying points in the aging process, from those who live independently to those who need long-term care.  Our commitment extends to the larger community in providing senior outreach services.

Meadows seeks to minister to seniors in the belief that God desires all people to be cared for and loved.  Meadows Communities are responsible to the member churches of the Association and look to them for guidance and support.

In all of its work, a guiding principle of Meadows Communities is a commitment to a  wellness philosophy of life.  We believe that wellness is for everyone, regardless of age or physical limitations.  We believe that individuals are responsible for their well-being – physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually – and that this responsibility does not lessen with age.

History: a closer look at Meadows 95 years of service

1923 - The construction of the original Meadows Mennonite Home in Meadows, IL was completed with 13 resident rooms. The first residents entered on April 23 and a dedication service commenced on May 20 with 2,000 people in attendance.

1952 - The Gundy Memorial Shelter Care wing opened with 34 beds.

1962 - Meadows purchased additional property for the Independent Living project.

1964 - Construction began on a 14-bed skilled nursing care unit with 6 garden level shelter care rooms, kitchen, and laundry facilities.

1970 - Meadows Courts (Independent Living) expanded to 16 units.

1977 - Over 1,000 people attended an open house for the new wing which housed 94 beds on two levels, a dining room, day room, and other facilities, giving Meadows Mennonite Home a total licensure of 142 beds. Renovation then began on existing space to provide for offices and a chapel.

1979 - Show Bus was founded with service to McLean and Livingston counties, which later expanded to Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, and Dewitt counties.

1982 - The Campus Center and Burt Village (Independent Living) were built with funds from the Ethelyn C. Burt Trust.

1991 - North Court Village opened as the third independent living court.

1997 - The Arthur and Berdena King Alzheimer's Unit was completed.

2003 - A $3.5 million Phase II Renovation was completed, including kitchen, laundry, Station 1 and 2 mechanical systems, resident rooms, and the creation of two main street corridors.

2007 - Medicare certification was granted and the Meadows at Mercy Creek project in Normal, IL was approved by the Meadows Board of Directors.

2009 - Upon Robert "Bob" Bertsche's 25th year of service as President/CEO to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, the Robert O. and Jody Bertsche Endowment Fund was established for resident assistance. Show Bus formed its own 501(c)3 corporation.

2010 - Physical Therapy Outpatient Services for the Community was approved by the State of Illinois. A continuous 5-Star rating by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was reported on the US News and World Review website.

2012 - Meadows new campus in Normal, IL, Meadows at Mercy Creek, opened for residency on September 28 with 60 licensed assisted living apartments. 

2013 - Meadows celebrated its 90th Anniversary.

2014 - Robert "Bob" Bertsche retired as President/CEO after 30 years of service to Meadows.

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Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community:
24588 Church Street Chenoa, IL 61726