A Great Start for 2019

The Building Connections Campaign exceeds fundraising goal

Two years. Over $3,500,000. More than 250 gifts. Exceeding our goal of $3.2 million by 9%. By any measure, Bridgewater Retirement Community’s latest capital fundraising project was a rousing success. But numbers tell only part of the story.

The Bridgewater HealthCare Foundation quietly launched The Building Connections Campaign in January of 2017, just two years ago. The Campaign’s primary purpose was to support improvement and expansions to Assisted Living and Memory Care. Assisted Living’s updates will include newly designed, more spacious apartments with more amenities.

The new and renovated apartments all include en suite bathing. Many of the new or renovated apartments will be larger, designed with the aim of allowing couples to stay together. In addition, there will be a new memory care household for up to 13 people.

The AL and memory care expansion is part of a broader renewal initiative that includes both new construction and upgrades to existing residential and community spaces. Also in the works is a connector between Assisted Living and Maple Terrace, offering AL residents easy under-roof access to the new salon and new Bistro with outdoor dining.

The Houff Community Center is being updated and expanded, and the Grove offers the next generation of independent living apartments. By the time the initiative is complete in early 2020, virtually every part of campus will have been revitalized.

While improving the Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities, the Campaign’s success also adds to the Resident Care Endowment Fund, particularly important so that residents who have exhausted their personal funds can remain in their homes with us.

This is the second time in seven years Bridgewater has met its capital improvement fundraising goals. The Foundation thanks everyone who contributed, including those whose annual gifts help support Bridgewater Retirement Community.