Representatives from Bartels, Waverly Chamber of Commerce, The City of Waverly, Peters Construction, Pope Architects, Resident Family members and Community Business Associates were on hand to honor the groundbreaking ceremony for Aspen Cottage on Tuesday, April 18th at noon. The ceremony was held near the Aspen Cottage building site on the northwest side of the Bartels Campus.
“We are so blessed to have the support of the community as we make great strides with this project,” said Debra Schroeder, Bartels President and CEO. “Aspen Cottage, Assisted Memory Care, will provide specialized space and care to seniors experiencing memory loss or early stages of dementia.” Bob Brunkhorst addressed the crowd on behalf of the Bartels Board and the More Than Bricks capital campaign. “Thanks to the Bartels leadership for the vision that has brought us to this point. It’s an exciting time at Bartels.” Barb Bridges, Bartels VP of Marketing & Development spoke with gratitude of Dave Lageschulte’s $500,000 lead gift. “Lags, as many of us knew him, had a passion for his hometown and often attributed his success to his roots here. Touches of his generosity can be seen around Waverly.. at the Library, W-SR, Trinity United Methodist and Self Help, to name a few. He wanted to help make Waverly a good place to live; for all ages!” said Bridges. “We’re honored with his gift for Aspen Cottage.” Mayor Chuck Infelt added comments on the history and strength of Bartels as a caring place for aging seniors and Pastor Sandra Burroughs, Bartels Chaplain, closed the event with prayer. Shovels in the ground made the event official!