Our Core

Our core

Looking Back 
In the 1960s, an interfaith, evangelical group of Christian pastors and lay members met regularly for prayer and fellowship. An idea formed of providing a home for their retired congregation members to maintain their independence and dignity – a place where physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs would be met. That principled beginning grew into the Friendship Village.

Through the years, Friendship Village became Waterloo’s leader in retirement communities. Three executives helped shape the Friendship Village family. Their service deserves mention: Larry Laird, Velda Phillips and Betty O’Brien. Each dedicated much of their professional (and personal) life to its success.
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Our Core Values

MyLife
Providing dignified holistic living in your home

Family Focused
Uniting fun, respectful relationships

Excellence
Inspiring quality service in all we do

Community
Continuing our foundation built on friends and faith

Progressive
Embracing the future with vision and leadership
Board of Directors
Friendship Village is governed by a13-member Boardproviding governance, counsel, vision and support. They serve without compensation and deserve our deepest appreciation. 

Pastor David Moore
On March 27, 2016, Pastor David Moore entered into the presence of his Savior at the age of 87. His impact on the lives of so many and on Friendship Village, in particular, can not be measured. Read his tributehere.  

Staff
We believe we have the best people in the world who work with us. Their dedication and heart are displayed in their longevity AND their attention to the littlest details. We pride ourselves in having the longest tenured staff among continuing care communities in the Cedar Valley. That one fact means so much -- they like working for us and they think it is a great place to work. It also helps us keep our hiring and initial training budgets low. And, truthfully, our residents love seeing the same faces year after year. It adds to the feeling of continuity and improves living conditions for everyone!
"Friendship Village is a wonderful place to work! But, I have also experienced the wonderful care given to those entrusted to us. A few years back, my mom needed to have skilled nursing care following a fall. At the time she was discharged from the hospital, Lakeview Landing had an opening. She received the greatest of care in a loving, secure environment. There are many employees at Friendship Village that 'get it.' They want to let residents know they are loved and are here for them. I see it every day!" 
Sharon Holdiman, R.N.,
former Director of Health Services
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