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"Let me tell you about a great place to spend your retirement years! Karen and I were both born and raised in Iowa but left for careers in other locations. After a 53-year absence, we chose to return to Iowa for our retirement home. We spent over a year looking at many beautiful properties but just did not find what we thought we were looking for. On one trip we decided to look at Seeland Park in Grinnell, never thinking we would actually move here."

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Tom Tish, Resident since 2018

"My wife and I built a single-family home at Seeland Park in 2017. Even though we are some of the younger residents, we’ve never regretted our decision. We have fantastic neighbors and have become good friends with many people all across the 31-acre campus.  I had a serious bout with cancer which caused us to think a bit more about our future and what it might hold for us. After living in the home that we bought when coming to Grinnell over forty years ago, we decided to build a new house for our retirement years and Seeland Park offered us just that opportunity."

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Gregg Hawkins, Resident since 2017

"Wes and I had served on some of the Boards here at St. Francis Manor and in doing so, we gained a good feeling about the Life Plan Community which includes the Seeland Park independent living community, the Hammond Center for Assisted Living, and the St. Francis Manor skilled nursing and long-term care facility. We learned how much the staff care for the residents who live here and it made both of us realize this is where we should be during our "golden years". We made a decision to build a home and move to Seeland Park and quickly realized that we should have done it sooner. I have great neighbors and if or when I need anything, the maintenance staff take care of it."

Marilyn Finch, Resident since 2016

“It’s a perfect scenario. Knowing that you don’t have to worry about snow removal. Knowing you don’t have to mow your lawn or worry about the maintenance of your house. If the dishwasher goes out and you need a replacement, it won’t cost you a dime. Try to put a price on those things! Plus, our maintenance fees are very reasonable. The value you get for what is offered is unparalleled. This has been the best move we have ever made. We’re thankful to have made this move while we can still enjoy retirement living at it's best!" [Read more of Gary and Connie Shebeck’s story in OurGrinnell on page 8]

Gary and Connie Shebeck, resident since 2015

“I made the decision to start living the easy life before retiring! I love the convenience of living in a 55+ community where I can still own my home but no longer have the work, headaches, or unexpected costs associated with maintaining a home. Since I still work full time, I really appreciate having my non-work hours free to spend as I want; and when I do retire, I will be able to travel and know that my home is being taken care of during my absence.”

June Watkins, Resident since 2011

“I can’t think of a better place to enjoy this stage of my life! I encourage others to come here while they are still active enough to enjoy all the activities. I feel fortunate and blessed to live in this friendly community with its beautiful campus, maintenance-free living, and all the facilities and activities it offers. I especially enjoy the great fitness programs offered here and playing with others on our bocce ball court.”

Jolene Jones, Resident since 2003

“After attending an open house at Seeland Park in Grinnell, we began thinking about the next stage of our lives. In looking ahead, we wanted to be able to put our energy toward our interests and hobbies and not toward the maintenance and upkeep of our home. We have made many new friends at Seeland Park and each phase of our lives has been better than the last.”

Don and Joan Milburn, Residents since 2003
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