More than 100 dignitaries and friends attend ribbon cutting and reception on March 16

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – On Friday, March 16, 2018 The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester welcomed more than 100 guests to a ribbon-cutting and reception to celebrate completion of their new Anna T. Jeanes Building at the corner of North Walnut and East Marshall Streets.

“I congratulate the Hickman Board and staff on the recent opening of their new facility,” said State Senator Andrew E. Dinniman. “For 127 years, The Hickman has been a committed member and friend of the West Chester community. This most recent expansion continues that commitment by addressing the needs of our aging population.”

Mark Snyder, Chair of The Hickman Board of Directors, served as emcee for the event. He pointed out that the Board had exhibited vision and perseverance for 10 years to make this building a reality. Mark also acknowledged the generosity of their donors, the dedication of The Hickman staff, and the work of the project coordinators.

Tony Teague, Vice President of Greenbrier Development, Inc., spoke about the local economic development benefits and emphasized that it was a very complex project on a small piece of land. “There were dozens of subcontractors and vendors in this region who all came and worked and built this building,” said Teague.

Remarks by Mark Yoder, President of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, highlighted ways The Hickman had worked to make a positive impact on the community. “The Hickman has been a member of the Chamber for more than 20 years,” said Yoder. “Chamber members were very impressed with how The Hickman involved neighbors in the design process. In addition, before they tore down the Sharpless Hall building, they held vacancies in their other building for 18 months so that no residents were displaced.”

“When it came to the design and location of this project, The Hickman was intent on gathering extensive input from both its neighbors and the borough,” says Patrick McKenna, an attorney at Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, who represented The Hickman through the zoning and land development approval process. “What you see today is a great example of the success that can result from such a community-minded collaboration.”

With the completion of the new three-story building, The Hickman community adds 74 additional suites to its already 40 suites in the Hickman Building. To address the growing need for memory care among senior citizens, the first floor of the new Anna T. Jeanes Building houses a secure memory care neighborhood with 22 private and shared studio suites and a secure outdoor garden. The second and third floors of the building have 52 personal care one-bedroom and studio suites.

“We are thrilled to see the vision and hard work of the Board of Directors finally realized,” said Pamela Leland, The Hickman’s Executive Director. “And we wouldn’t be here without the support of the Borough, our neighbors here on Quaker Hill and the generosity of hundreds of donors who supported our capital campaign. But the most important thing is that we will be able to support more older adults who want to live in community with one another. I know that our early founders, Sally Sharpless and Lydia Hall, would be really proud of our efforts to continue their work.”

History of Anna T. Jeanes:
The new Anna T. Jeanes Building at The Hickman honors the life and legacy of this 19th century Quaker and philanthropist. Jeanes lived in Philadelphia from 1822-1907. She grew up inspired by Lucretia Mott and other pioneers of the movement against slavery. When she inherited a family fortune, she carefully planned how she would support causes that were important to her, including the elderly, the education of African American children, and hospitals.

In 1896, she gave $200,000 to set up eight Quarterly Meeting homes for elderly Quakers. The Friends Boarding Home of Concord Quarter, which began in 1891 and is now known as The Hickman, was a recipient of some of these funds. Jeanes’ Estate, managed by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, continues to benefit older adults at The Hickman and other senior communities in this region.

Photo Caption: Representatives of the members of the Project Team (left to right): Ken Witek, Hickman Board Member; Joyce Lenhardt, Lenhardt Rodgers Architect + Interiors; Barry Stingel, AdvancedGeo Services; Tony Teague, Greenbrier Development; Mark Snyder, Hickman Board Chair; Stacey Fuller, Gawthrop Greenwood; Mark Yoder, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce; Steve Conway, Stephanie Kline and Mike Callahan of Benchmark Construction.

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