Congratulations to Village at Belmar for being named Large Business of the Year by the Metro West Chamber!
The Village at Belmar is a partner in the efforts of Alameda Connects to enhance vitality and community connections here in the heart of Lakewood. In recognition of them being named Large Business of the Year, we’d like to take a few moments to tell you about all the great things the Village at Belmar does for our community.
Village at Belmar is a senior living community located in the heart of Lakewood that offers a full continuum of senior care from independent living to fully supported memory care. They opened their doors in April of 2017. In addition to providing independent senior living options, they also provide out-patient rehabilitation, short-term respite care, and residential hospice care. Their goal is to ensure that our seniors thrive in a safe and dignified manner. They provide care with a family atmosphere that includes the residents, the family members of the residents, and their staff.
Village at Belmar is a primary employer and property tax generator here in Lakewood. They employ a staff of over 100 individuals and also offer part-time employment opportunities to local Lakewood high school students and students of Colorado Christian University. Prior to the development of the Village at Belmar, the vacant land was producing less than $4,000 per year in property taxes and was not providing any employment opportunities. Today, the Village at Belmar has emerged as a significant economic generator and is contributing over $200,000 in annual property taxes to support many City and County services and infrastructure. Additionally, their community of over 500 senior residents, the residents’ family members, and staff members create substantial purchasing power to support Lakewood and Jefferson County retail stores and restaurants. Village at Belmar’s architecture and stature along the Alameda corridor clearly fit the City and community’s vision for Alameda Avenue being a thriving destination in the heart of Lakewood.
The Village at Belmar’s cultural beliefs relating to community and vitality extend beyond their facility to support these goals in our community. Their staff and Directors are active in the community in the following ways:
- Participation in local and regional economic development activities.
- Membership on the Alameda Corridor B.I.D. Board of Directors
- Past board membership on the Colorado Health Care Association & Center for Assisted Living
- Active participation by Directors in the West Metro Chamber and Evergreen Chamber
- Membership on the Greater Denver Colorado Placement and Referral Alliance which was formed to raise the standards and awareness of services available for senior placement.
Members of the Village at Belmar’s leadership team serve educators around the topic of aging and seek to share their knowledge with community organizations, service organizations and the City of Lakewood. Their staff and Directors exemplify this through the following:
- Sponsorship of wellness and educational events in Lakewood and Jefferson County. Most of these events are free and open to the public.
- Partnership with A Little Help to host “Tough Talks” and healthy aging events.
- Provision of seminars to assist people with downsizing and life transitions.
- Provision of health and wellness seminars that are promoted throughout the Lakewood community.
- Sponsorship and support of events at the Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center.
- Sponsorship and support of events at the Foothills Parks and Recreation Senior Center
- Sponsorship and support of events at the Lakewood Clements Senior Center
- Sponsorship of educational seminars with the Jefferson Center for Mental Health
- Fundraising for the Mount Evans Home Health and Hospice facility
- Sponsorship of the University of Denver’s “Exploring the Aging Brain” seminar
- Sponsorship and support of fundraising events for the Alzheimer’s Association
- Participation in strategic planning efforts by the West Metro Fire Protection District
In addition to sponsorships and support of programs, the Village at Belmar has four unique ways that demonstrate their commitment to making our community a better place to live and do business.
- The Village at Belmar recently launched “Elder Care” which is a pilot education series, in partnership with the City of Lakewood, which will educate 45-64-year-old employees about preventive measures they can take to be better prepared to address the needs of their parents and in-laws around the issues of aging.
- The Village at Belmar also seeks to connect our younger community members with their residents. The “Dear Friend Pals Program” is a partnership with the Lakewood Service Organizations Coalition, the 5th graders at Rose Stein Elementary School, and residents of The Village at Belmar. This monthly letter writing program establishes a pen pal relationship where participants are sharing stories from their lives across the generations in our community.
- The Village at Belmar understands the complexity faced by those individuals who provide health care for their family members. They offer a bimonthly Caregiver Support Group that is free and open to the public. These groups are facilitated by licensed professional counselors. The meetings provide a forum where participants can find support and resources in their journey of caring for family members.
- The Village at Belmar builds professional capacity in our community by providing a paid internship to one senior student currently attending CU Denver or Metro State. This paid internship allows the student a semester at the Village at Belmar to learn about the growing field of senior living management and marketing.
The Village at Belmar invites you to drop by today and check them out.