By Resident Mary Ellen Landschulz —
“How can you leave your friends and move to a new community where you don’t know anybody?”
This was always the first question asked when I informed my friends I was moving to Kendal at Granville. I truly was acquainted with only one resident, but I soon found making new friends was quickly accomplished. All the residents and staff are so gracious, friendly and welcoming.
All newcomers are assigned a Kendal buddy who introduce themselves via phone before you move. On move-in day many of the nearby residents stopped by just to introduce themselves and welcome me as members of my family and I were unloading boxes. When you feel settled, your buddy will accompany you to dinner, introduce you to new neighbors and answer any questions about available activities. Dining is a pleasant experience as people introduce themselves and invite you to join their table. Just wear a smile!
There are many activities available where you can meet others. Exercise classes including water work, chair Yoga, balance class, Tai Chi and others are offered daily. Our workout room is open daily, with an instructor present a couple of hours a day. Other options are the monthly Book Club, Bridge, Euchre, Bocce Ball, Woodworking, Wii bowling, the Movie Committee, Meet and Greet, the Flower Club and the Safety Committee. This is a far-from-complete list of opportunities to make friends.
Our newly enlarged and redecorated Pub is available for you to bring your own libation to for social hour prior to dinner. There you will find residents happy to include and welcome you. Some community-wide options are the Lifelong Learning Institute, the Licking County Community Center and attending Denison University’s many cultural opportunities. The Kendal bus conveys residents to many of the off-campus events.
I participated in the activities of my choice and soon had many new friends. No worries there. I could not be happier with my new friend-filled community at Kendal at Granville.
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