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50 Years of History

A Year of Celebration

1967 - Havenwood Campus Opens

In the 1960s, Reverend Dr. Everett R. Barrows and his colleagues envisioned creating a faith-based, inclusive senior living community where retirees could enjoy independent living in comfortable cottages.

In 1967, Dr. Barrows' vision became a reality when our doors were first opened at our original Havenwood Campus, which was New Hampshire's first independent living retirement community.

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Jan - 50th Anniversary Quilt Unveiling

Carolyn Kelley, our community resident of 18 years, kicked off our 50th year celebrations by creating a beautiful, handmade commemorative quilt that visually tells Havenwood Heritage Heights' story.

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1980 - Heritage Heights Campus Opens

Heritage Heights was named to honor the members of the 1960 Social Action Committee of the small churches of the United Church of Christ who first expressed the idea of providing housing for the elderly of New Hampshire and the Trustees of the New Hampshire Conference who joined with the original group (Havenwood) to make this idea a reality.

Heritage Heights was built on 35 acres of beautiful wooded land located in Concord on a bluff overlooking the city. It's approximately one mile from its sister campus, Havenwood. There were 100 apartments (50 studios, 40 cottages and 10 handicapped or access apartments) built which consist of 24 single story building that are clustered around common "greens". The type of accommodation and the number of apartments vary within each building.

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Feb - Staff & Resident Twister Contest

As part of our 50 year celebration, 12 teams battled it out on one large Twister board. After a 45 minute competition, the Blue Team made up of staff members April Barker and Jon Baldassare (playing for Ken Walker and Becky Gassett) were the winners!

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1985 - Barrows Activity Center Opens

The Barrows Activity Center was Built on the Heritage Heights campus in two phases. The first phase took place in 1985 – the community building, named after our founder, offered a resident meeting room, mailboxes and staff offices.

In 1991, Administrative offices, a clinic for the resident nurse, fitness center and spa, full kitchen and dining room, chapel, library, craft and meeting rooms were built on to the existing Barrows Activity Center. This addition together with the 145 new residential units on campus allowed the community to enhance the services to residents.

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Mar - Fashion Show

Staff participated in a fun "Through the Decades" themed fashion show! Our very own Havenwood-Heritage Heights models made a statement runway wearing popular fashion styles from the last 50 years.

1997 - Health Services Center Re-Opens

Because the community was growing at Heritage Heights, we experienced a need to increase the continuum of services offered in the nursing home. So, the Health Services Center was expanded! We added two levels (three and four) so we could meet the needs of all residents as they aged.

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Apr - Spirit Week

Special programming will take place throughout the week of April 16th - 20th! These events will embrace the spirit of Havenwood Heritage Heights and pump up excitement for all that we've accomplished together over years!

1998 - Pres/CEO Michael Palmieri Hired

Michael Palmieri joined the staff of Havenwood Heritage Heights on January 5, 1998 as President / CEO. He is the fourth President / CEO of HHH over its 50 year history.

Since arriving at Havenwood Heritage Heights, he has been instrumental in achieving accreditation from the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, developing resident business and wellness centers, doing national public speaking, publishing many senior living articles, improving the financial viability of the organization and implementing a long range strategic plan.

He was the 2001 Recipient of CHHSM's Servant Leader Award. In 2002, he graduated from CHHSM's Transformational Leadership Program and was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister.

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May - Rededication Ceremony

In honor of the last 50 wonderful years, we will enjoy a rededication ceremony and reception for our Havenwood Campus. This event will also recognize 30 years of exceptional clinical pastoral education in the Havenwood lobby.

1999 - Earns CCAC Accreditation

Havenwood Heritage Heights first became an accredited organization by the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission in 1999. We are proud to say we still maintain this honor today!

The CCAC is the United States' only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities. The requirements to obtain this renowned seal of approval are many, and communities marked as such meet the CCAC's high quality standards. This accreditation can be renewed every five years as long as organizations continue to meet or exceed the Commission's requirements.

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Jun - Tad's Place 5 Year Anniversary

This formal event invites residents to dress in their very best for an evening to celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary since Tad's Place, our cultural center, opened its doors.

2001 - East Side Drive Cottages Open

HHH revealed the completion of seven new cottages in February of 2001. Each of the homes in this new addition to the Havenwood campus include a living room, dining area, large kitchen, two bedrooms and two baths along with amenities to make a resident's life easier such as lower kitchen cabinets and grab bars in the shower.

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Jul - 50th Jubilee Birthday Party

Each and every resident at Havenwood Heritage Heights is invited to join our community-wide 50th birthday party! At this event, we will celebrate HHH's 50th year, along with the birthdays of our residents!

2007 - Main Street is Born

Created by the vision of our President / CEO Michael Palmieri, a long hallway in the lodge at Havenwood was transformed into Main Street.

On Main Street, you can shop at The Boutique or Annie's Treasures, stop in the library for a book, play a game of pool in The Corner Pocket, have an ice cream at Scoops, plan to have dinner at Happeninz and host a family celebration in The Great Room. Other amenities on Main Street are Flicks Movie Theater, Cozy Corner Living Room and a Guest Accommodation.

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Aug - Hot Air Balloon Rides

Residents are invited to take to the sky in hot air ballon rides! This exciting event will be taking place in the 100 Area Field at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord, NH.

2009 - Woodland Court Cottages Open

The Havenwood campus was expanded with the construction of 12 new two bedroom deluxe cottages in 2009. Each two bedroom / two bathroom home was designed to provide a front and back entrance, living room, dining area, kitchen, washer/dryer hook ups, central air, garage and full basement and a zoned sprinkler system.

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Sep - Month-Long Gallery Exhibit

For the entire month of September, residents will be able to walk galleries displaying gorgeous art pieces at exhibits on both Havenwood and Heritage Heights campuses.

2011 - Ruth Somes House Purchased

Ruth was a special individual who touched the lives of many residents and staff members at Havenwood Heritage Heights. Her generous gift and living legacy will be forever remembered with the donation of the Ruth Somes House.

Ruth made it possible for HHH to purchase the gorgeous property located next to the Heritage Heights campus.

This beautiful addition to our property is fully equipped with many amenities including an outdoor pool, game room, spacious deck and more.

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Halloween w/60s Costumes

Residents and staff alike are invited to dress up in 60s-style costumes on Halloween!

2012 - Tad's Place Opens

Tad Mosel, a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and resident at HHH for 18 years, was the naming donor of this wonderful addition to our community. While here, Tad dreamt of HHH constructing a multi-purpose gathering space fitted with an auditorium and meeting rooms. Thanks of an outpour of support, his dream took form in 2012. Tad’s Place provides our community with an auditorium completed with exceptional sound and lighting, comfortable seats and a foyer for receptions along with a number of rooms for meetings and programs.

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Nov - HH Rededication Ceremony

In celebration of the last 50 wonderful years, we are holding a rededication ceremony and reception for our Heritage Heights campus.

2017 - 50th Year Anniversary

2017 marks a big year for Havenwood Heritage Heights! We're proud of the amount of growth we've experienced and the quality of care we've provided to residents over the last 50 years -- we're looking forward to the next!

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Dec - 1960's Themed Tree Trimming

Let the holiday festivities begin! Residents and staff will enjoy a 1960s Themed Tree Trimming social as we all help out in decorating our retirement community's Christmas tree.

Ready to learn more? Contact us today with questions or to schedule a tour of our beautiful Concord, New Hampshire Continuing Care Retirement Community.

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