Watch a Day in David’s Life
“Garden Spot Village fits us perfectly,” Karen Stambovsky says. She and her husband, David, moved to Garden Spot Village in March 2022. They travel frequently, splitting their time between New Holland, Massachusetts and Florida. Their independent living apartment at Meadow View connects to a memory support suite where Karen’s mom, Kathryn Horst, lives. This unique arrangement allows Karen and David to support Kathryn while they are in New Holland.

— David and Karen Stambovsky

“At Garden Spot, it’s easy to connect with your neighbors,” says Rita Gribbell. “If you meet someone at a class or event, you know your chances are good of meeting them again at the Harvest Table or another Garden Spot event.” Rita and her husband Jim moved to Garden Spot from Havre de Grace, Maryland in March 2021. Jim agrees. He’s found his community in the Garden Spot Village Wood Shop. “All of the members are very nice. And, if I have any questions, all I have to do is ask and somebody will show me how to do what I need to do,” he says.

— Jim and Rita Gribbell

“When we moved into our home at Sycamore Springs in November 2019, our neighbors welcomed us like long lost friends,” Michele Cooper says. She and her husband Jim quickly connected with their next-door neighbors, Adam and Jerrene Zimmerman. Shared interests like traveling and woodworking made them good friends. Together the couples traveled to Canada to ride the Rocky Mountaineer Train and to Asheville, North Carolina to explore the holiday décor at the Biltmore Estate.

— Jim and Michele Cooper

“Our granddaughter, Corinne, loves to visit us. She always comes with a list of things she wants to do, like plant flowers, ride bike, take the neighbor’s dog for a walk and visit the art studio,” says Marge Landis. Marge and her husband Hal moved to Garden Spot Village April 2021. The couple appreciates the opportunities they have to make new memories and write new stories with their children and grandchildren at their home at Garden Spot Village.

— Hal and Marge Landis

“I’ve gotten to know so many people through volunteering at Garden Spot Village,” says Pat Lenhart. Pat moved to the Sycamore Springs neighborhood at Garden Spot Village in June 2017 and quickly met her neighbors through various volunteer opportunities. She has also enjoyed participating in local adventure trips, which have included zip lining at Refreshing Mountain and snow tubing at Roundtop Mountain Resort.

— Pat Lenhart

“When I moved to Sycamore Springs, I saw opportunities everywhere,” says Dale Hostetter. Dale moved to the Garden Spot Village neighborhood in August 2017. He was in a new house, with new neighbors, a new community and new opportunities. He quickly began to explore things he had never done before. He joined the metal shop and began to learn about hit and miss engines. Before he knew it, he was restoring old tractors in his garage with his new friend and neighbor, Ed Blakeslee.

— Dale Hostetter

“Our grandkids love to visit. The house and community have a bit of a fantasyland feel to them,” Bob Hess says. Bob and his wife, Rosey, moved to the Sycamore Springs neighborhood at Garden Spot Village in June 2020. The pathways around their neighborhood allow for kid-friendly walks and the stream next to their home is a definite attraction, Rosey says. “The boys love to look for frogs in the creek. And, they are fascinated with our second floor. We keep toys in the spare bedroom upstairs and we have a short hallway where they love to create their own special space by closing all of the adjoining doors.”

— Bob and Rosey Hess

“Many of our friends say, ‘You’re too young to be there,’” says Doug Moister, who moved to a cottage at Garden Spot Village with his wife Pegge in December 2016. “Why? Am I going to spend the next several years taking care of the almost two acres of grass, hedges, and gardens, or do I want to be able to do the things I want to do? We feel like this is a gift from God.”
Doug adds, “I am just blown away by the people who live here — artists, engineers, farmers, housewives, missionaries… With stories and careers behind them, they’re still accomplishing things. Every aspect of living here is a dream come true for us.”
— Doug and Pegge Moister

“Don’t wait to move to Garden Spot Village. There are so many things to do here–there is no reason to wait,” Dennis and Lois Brandt say. Dennis and Lois moved to Garden Spot Village from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in August 2021. Since moving, they have enjoyed connecting with their neighbors, volunteering and participating in classes in the Wellness Center. Dennis appreciates the opportunity to be physically active, playing pickleball, cornhole and table tennis.

— Dennis and Lois Brandt

“One of the best things about living at Garden Spot Village is having lunch with friends daily,” says Carol Hammond. Carol moved to a Village Square Apartment in January 2020 from Prescott, Arizona. Her sister lives in a carriage home at Garden Spot Village. The sisters appreciate the opportunity to live near each other once more.

“I’ve made so many good friends since I moved here,” Carol says. Regional trips to State College and Raystown Lake as well as Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Cape May and Ocean City, New Jersey, deepen those relationships.

— Carol Hammond