Wartburg Adult Care Community
The Rev. Kimberli Lile, director of spiritual care and church relations
Wartburg enables seniors to live life to their fullest through excellence in healthcare and housing, which nurture body, mind, and spirit.
The Berkemeier Memory Care Building, next to Wartburg Chapel
We Are Resilient TOGETHER
Wartburg residents, patients, families, staff, and administration lived, died, and worked together through the COVID pandemic. We suffered a painful loss during the first few months of the unexpected wave of the virus, and we did what we could to keep loved ones connected through face time on tablets and telephone conversations during the time when no one could visit the skilled nursing facilities. We honored losses one weekend in September of that year, recognizing losses as families walked through the meadow tying purple ribbons from their invitations onto the memorial tree, a gingko, planted in memory of a lost employee. Music played in the gazebo above and floated over the meadow for those on the grounds. Chapel time on Saturday afforded delayed prayers of commendation that could not be said earlier, and a memorial service on Sunday gave a recitation of names accompanied by scripture, song, and prayer.
New regulations, new vaccinations, and the changing medical and residential environment made things a constant challenge on all levels of living and service. Keeping our onsite congregations worshiping required creativity and commitment, but keeping the Christian faith and service toward our neighbors is at Wartburg’s heart.
All the while, sights were set on the future, and projects moved forward that will take us into new forms of service to seniors.
Tying a Purple Ribbon on the Memorial Tree
We Are Hopeful TOGETHER
During 2022, we broke ground on a building that neighbors the Chapel. The new memory care center, named after Wartburg’s second president, the Rev. Dr. Gottlieb Berkemeier, will be named the Berkemeier Living Center. The structure is still under construction, but we anticipate care for 64 new residents in this assisted living environment.
Keeping the Faith with “Scripture, Song, and Prayer”
Waltemade Community with The Rev. Lile
We Are Church Together — Living Like Christ in Our Communities!
Wartburg’s 34-acre campus houses various levels of care from independent living, assisted living, nursing facilities, home care, and adult day care. With this continuum of lifestyle, the needs of each “village” on campus afford different opportunities to volunteer and participate in serving our senior residents. Whether a student intern or a member of the community at large, people get connected through Volunteer Services, lending their commitment and creativity to the humanities, spiritual care, music, service projects, recreation, and events. Others serve on our Home and Foundation Boards. If you would like to know more about volunteering, contact Kerry Minto in Volunteer Services at 914-513-5308