History

A Timeline of our History

Christian Living Communities (CLC) was founded by members of the Christian Reformed and Reformed Churches of America. They were descendants of Dutch Calvinist immigrants who came to this country in the 19th century and settled in Denver. These forward-thinking men and women dreamed of churches, Christian schools, hospitals, welfare agencies and organizations serving older adults.

Local church members believed that a Christian community must care for all its members, including their older adults. On May 7, 1972, this group opened a 62-bed nursing home called University Hills Christian Nursing Home. This was the beginning of Christian Living Communities (CLC).

Today CLC has multiple communities that serve nearly 1,000 residents and clients, spanning a broad range of denominations and religious affiliations, while maintaining ministry
at the center of its mission. CLC offers a true continuum of care with residential living, assisted living, skilled nursing, dementia care, adult day and home care services.

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1968- Planning

Volunteers from the Denver-area Reformed and Christian Reformed churches, along with staff from Bethesda Hospital, form the University Hills Christian Nursing Home Association, with the purpose of providing a quality care community for area elders.

 

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May 7, 1972- University Hills Opens

The University Hills Christian Nursing Home opens as a 62-bed care community.

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June 15, 1983 – The Living Center Opens

The Living Center Opens with 120 retirement apartment homes. It was completely occupied by August of the same year.

4

September 1985 – The Expansion of University Hills

The Christian Living Campus — University Hills — expands, adding 32 more skilled nursing beds and 30 new assisted living suites. This same year, the Christian Living Campus Foundation is formed to raise funds in fulfillment of the CLC mission.

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April 30, 1990- The Johnson Center Opens

Christian Living Communities – Johnson Center opens, in what is now Centennial near Arapahoe Road and Holly Street. The Johnson Center was built in partnership with the Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation, providing 94 skilled nursing beds and 30 assisted living studio apartment homes.

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September 1996 – The Village & PorterCare Hospice Open

The Johnson Center expands with the addition of The Village, offering 72 retirement apartment homes and 48 assisted living studio apartments. A land lease by CLC brings PorterCare Hospice to the campus.

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September 2001 – Adult Day Opens

Christian Living Communities adds to CLC’s continuum of care by assuming operation of Adult Day Services from Calvary Baptist Church.

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2004 – Holly Creek Opens Cottages | Name Change

51 cottages at Holly Creek open, Phase I of Holly Creek Retirement community construction begins, and Christian Living Campus becomes Christian Living Communities.

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2005 – Holly Creek Completes Phase 1 | Foundation Becomes Stewardship Fund

The CLC Foundation changes its name to Stewardship Fund to better reflect its purpose: to steward donations on behalf of CLC. July 21, 2005, is the grand opening of Holly Creek Phase I, featuring a portion of the Town Center and 114 residential living apartments. This marks CLC’s entry as a Life Plan Community ( also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC.)

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March 29, 2007 – Adult Day Services at The Johnson Center

Adult Day Services at The Johnson Center opens, offering older adults purposeful programming and respite for caregivers.

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2008 – University Hills & The Living Center Become Clermont Park

The University Hills Nursing Home & The Living Center is renamed Clermont Park Retirement Community, marking the convergence of two buildings into one thriving retirement community.

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January 30, 2009 – Holly Creek Completes Phase II

Holly Creek Phase II opens, completing the continuum of care. The new Health Suites offer 28 assisted living suites, 12 memory support suites and 24 skilled nursing suites. An additional 84 residential living apartment homes are added to the campus.

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February 18, 2009 – Clermont Park Opens New Assisted Living and Memory Support

New assisted living and memory support apartment homes open at Clermont Park.

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November 19, 2010 – Clermont Park Opens Town Center and New Health Suite

The Health Suites and Town Center at Clermont Park is unveiled. The new suites serve 63 skilled nursing residents/clients, and the new Town Center features a beautiful marketplace, living room, game room and library.

July 23, 2013 – Clermont Park Finishes Final Phase of Construction

The new additions include 74 new retirement living apartment homes, highline restaurant, fitness center, new rehabilitation gym, art studio, courtyard and an adult day services.

September 2013 – The Johnson Center Campus Name was Changed

The Village was changed to Someren Glen and the Johnson Center was changed to The Suites at Someren Glen.

March 4, 2014 – Restructure of CLC

The Christian Living Communities (CLC) Board of Directors approved the restructure of a Christian Living Family of Boards to include the sole member of Christian Living Ventures (CLV). CLV will oversee CLC and Christian Living Services. CLC will continue to be in a Master Trust Indenture with the CLC communities of Clermont Park, Someren Glen, Holly Creek and the Stewardship Fund.

June 2015 – Holly Creek Celebrated their 10-year Anniversary