Official proclamation and cake cutting for Someren Glen Retirement Community: David Strain, Someren Glen Assoc. Executive Director and NHA, Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon, CLC Vice-President & COO Camille Thompson, CLC President & CEO Russ Den Braber, CLC Board Member Susan Keesen and Someren Glen Executive Director Tim Rogers.
Submitted by Chuck Montera
In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Fast forward 420 years and the words of the Bard ring true today, even when applied to the name of a Centennial retirement community.
On Sept. 19, Christian Living Communities announced the new name Someren Glen Retirement Community uniting The Johnson Center & The Village as one campus.
“The name Someren pays homage to the founders of Christian Living Communities, who were descendants of Dutch Calvinist immigrants and settled in Denver,” said Christian Living Communities President and CEO Russ Den Braber. “Someren is a small hamlet in the southern Netherlands but it also connotes light, summer, peace and prosperity. More importantly, Someren Glen unifies our two buildings as one campus offering a full continuum of care and services.
“We gratefully continue to honor the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation who helped create our community 23 years ago. At the time, our partnership provided some of the first skilled nursing services in Arapahoe County. Today we build on that proud tradition and look forward to a united future.”
The Heritage Park is currently being built as a unifying feature on campus.
When CLC began exploring name options for the community, it made sure its residents were part of that process. Residents were involved with helping choose the new name, logo and the community’s new slogan, “The Fine Art of Living.”
Someren Glen resident Sharon Czarnecki smiles as she chats with neighbors about the new community name. Photos courtesy of CLC
“I was part of a resident committee that looked at all the potential new names. We held several meetings and took several votes before presenting new names to CLC leadership,” said resident Warren Lam. “It was neat that CLC valued our opinions and made us part of the process.”
Someren Glen Executive Director Tim Rogers said, “Someren Glen Retirement Community gives us the opportunity to unite our campuses under one name while continuing our 23-year tradition of serving and enriching the lives of seniors with compassion, dignity and respect on a daily basis.”
The services Someren Glen offers are wide and vary depending on the specific needs of its residents. It offers seniors independent residential living and a full continuum of care through assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support and rehabilitation/Adult Day Services.
“Our reputation is based on the excellent care and services our staff provides and our name change will help bolster that care and service,” said Someren Glen’s Director of Community Life, Anna Marie Connor.
Approximately 200 residents, staff and community/business partners joined the festivities to celebrate the new community name. Someren Glen Retirement Community is located at 5000 E. Arapahoe Road in Centennial.
For more information, visit www.christianlivingcommunities.org or call 303-779-5000.
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