December 6, 2018 – KIRKLAND, Wash. – Today, The Gardens at Juanita Bay, often referred to as the German Retirement Home, became the latest senior living organization to affiliate with the Bellevue-based nonprofit, Transforming Age. Under the affiliation, The Gardens at Juanita Bay will retain its separate 501 (C) (3) status and continue to operate with the support of their foundation and under the governance of the Transforming Age board.
For over 80 years, The Gardens at Juanita Bay has been a valuable resource for seniors in the Pacific Northwest. Originally founded by the German Ladies Society in 1925, the local organization spearheaded a grass roots fundraising campaign to found a home dedicated to caring for aging residents of the tight-knit German American community. Since their inception in the 1930s, The Gardens at Juanita Bay has expanded their mission to serve seniors of all nationalities and backgrounds. Today, The Gardens at Juanita Bay overlooks Juanita Beach Park and is a treasured gem to seniors on the Eastside.
“The decision to affiliate with Transforming Age allows us to ensure a future for our mission while still honoring our unique heritage,” says John Frost, the Executive Director of The Gardens at Juanita Bay, “We are grateful to have found a strong nonprofit partner that shares our values, provides excellent care to seniors, and is invested in our future.”
As the population continues to age, throughout the region and the nation, nonprofit communities like The Gardens at Juanita Bay are finding ways to bring on new services, grow capacity, and increase impact. This affiliation with Transforming Age will allow The Gardens at Juanita Bay to expand their impact while offering access to new expertise and potential resources.
“As the senior living industry undergoes significant consolidation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for stand-alone nonprofit senior communities to provide residents the promise of a sustainable future,” said Torsten Hirche, CEO and President of Transforming Age. “We see an incredible opportunity to grow our impact through affiliations with like-minded organizations that share our vision to improve the lives of older adults. The Gardens at Juanita Bay mirrors our mission and vision in the work they do every day to serve seniors. This affiliation is an exciting opportunity to further our collective impact at a time when quality senior housing options are needed. ”
News of the affiliation was shared with residents and team members on December 5th and was made official on November 30th.