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July 2019


Monday Morning Coffee Club

Join us every Monday morning at 9:00am in our Piano Lounge for coffee and conversation! This weekly event is open to the public and we would love to have you join us! Stop by and meet new friends, see our gorgeous facility, and receive a FREE Gardens of Cedar Rapids coffee mug on your first visit! 


Ladd Library - "The More We Get Together"

Every Tuesday morning our Assisted Living tenants head out to Ladd Library for some summer fun with the children in our community! Our gatherings are open to the public! If you have children or grandchildren that are available, bring them along! Our July schedule is listed below. 

 July 2nd @ 10:00am -  4th of July Craft

July 9th @ 10:00am -  Art Project/ Critique

July 16th @ 10:00am - DIY Day Spa

July 23rd @ 10:00am - No Bake Cookies

July 30th @ 10:00am - Weaving Pot Holders


Historical Reenactment - Betsy Ross

Join us on Wednesday, July 17th at 3:00pm for a historical reenactment based on the life of Betsy Ross! We will be meeting in our long-term care dining room. All are welcome!


Assisted Living Brunch Dates

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Friday of each month at 10:00am for our assisted living family brunch! All invited family and friends of our assisted living tenants are welcome to attend. Our brunch this month falls on Friday, July 12th. Please RSVP to Eva at or (319)930-8768 by July 10th. 

A brunch for just tenants will be held on Wednesday, July 24th at 10:00am.


Memory Care Family Brunch

Mark your calendars for the 4th Wednesday of every month at NOON for our memory care family brunch! All invited family and friends of our memory care residents are welcome to attend. Our brunch this month falls on Wednesday, July 24th. Please RSVP to Eva at or (319)930-8768 by July 22nd. 


Happy Hour Line Up

Join us every Friday afternoon at 3:00pm in our Piano Lounge for live music and drinks!

This month's line up...

July 5th - Sing-Along and piano music by Jerry Smithe

July 12th - Show tunes on the piano with Betty Debban

July 19th - Piano music with Harry Ebbeson

July 26th - Relaxing finger guitar with Scott Englebow


For more events happening this month, check out our monthly calendar!




Employees of the Month

We like to honor our excellent staff! If you see either of these two be sure to compliment their hard work and all they do to make our facility great!


Patrick Nelson

Patrick works as the leader of our Front of House in our dietary department.  He has worked for The Gardens for 9 months.  He is from Dow City. He and his dad were musicians, with Patrick doing vocals and instrumental compositions. His first concert was at 17 years old.  His hobbies include music, bowling, comics, and video games.

Patrick has no children but he and his girlfriend have three dogs: Rogue, Sasha, and Luna. They are all Australian Shepherds. His birthday is May 5th. 


Kind words from the residents....

"Patrick always listens to me."

"He makes sure I like my food."

"I never feel rushed when I talk to him." 

Thank you Patrick for all you do!


Jayla Morgan

Jayla works as a Universal Worker in our assisted living and memory care facilities. She has worked for us since almost the beginning! She started just 2 months after our building opened.  

Jayla was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. She moved to the Cedar Rapids area when she was in 6th grade.


She has 3 brothers and 3 sisters. 

Her favorite color is purple.

She just got a new car.

Jayla enjoys movies, spending time with friends, going on hikes, and going out to eat with her boyfriend. 


Residents and staff describe Jayla as "Caring, giving, sweet, and helpful."

Jayla says, "I enjoy what I do here, getting to spend time with the residents."

Thank you Jayla for all you do! 




Resident Spotlight

Bill Barker

Bill was born on September 28th, 1928 in Clarke county, Iowa. He was raised in Madison county and in 4th grade he moved to Story county, Iowa. His freshman year of high school he moved to Springville, Iowa where he helped his parents out on a farm. He graduated from Springville High School in 1946.

In 1948 or '49 Bill met his future wife Alice at the Danceland Ballroom. In1950 Bill and Alice were married and the couple moved to the Cedar Rapids area. This August the couple will celebrate 69 years of marriage. Alice and Bill both currently reside at The Gardens. 

On February 10th, 1950 Bill started working as a metal worker and in 1953 started making hammer handles for Wayne Manufacturing. He worked there for 50 years. Bill said, "I didn't retire until I was 78 because there was nothing better to do." Once he did retire he kept busy by helping with Meals on Wheels.

Bill and Alice have one daughter, Kathy. Bill enjoys restoring old cars. He, along with other residents at The Gardens, has been a member of the Antique Auto Club of America.  He currently buys cars and has someone assist him with the restoration. He owns a 1955 Chevy Truck that he proudly carries a picture of in his wallet. 

Join us on Thursday, July 25th at 2:00pm in our Piano Lounge as we enjoy an afternoon celebrating Bill!



Regular Reminders

Transportation to Appointments for Assisted Living

The Gardens of Cedar Rapids offers transportation to appointments for assisted living tenants on Thursdays during business hours. If you would like to schedule an appointment please speak with Terry our Maintenance Director. Reservations for bus transportation are on a first come, first serve basis. We appreciate a week's notice to accommodate everyone's schedules. Thank you! 


Labeling Laundry

We ask that all residents in our long term and skilled care facilities receiving laundry services clearly label their clothes with the name of the owner. This helps ensure that all laundry is properly returned in a timely manner. For questions please speak with Brenda our Housekeeping Manager. Thank you!


Meal Punch Cards

We love having guests at our meal table! If you are a regular meal visitor we ask that you purchase a meal punch card for your dining convenience. All meals are $5 unless otherwise noted. You can purchase 5 or 10 meals at a time. Your server will ask to see your punch card at the time of your meal. At least 24 hours notice of your attendance is appreciated to make sure we can accommodate all guests. See Tina at the front desk to buy yours or for questions.  




Happy Birthday!

Be sure to wish these people a happy birthday when you see them! And join us for our monthly birthday party on Tuesday, July 23rd at 2:00pm in our Piano Lounge! Cake and ice cream will be served after a special performance by The Accordion Club! 

Eugene M. - July 5th 

Ron R. - July 10th

Mae K. - July 15th

Stephen S. - July 17th

Leverne R. - July 18th

Norma G. - July 22nd




In Loving Memory


Robert Humpleby

1/19/32 - 6/25/19




Phone List

Main Line     632-1350

Fax Line      632-1389

Nurses Station Suites 200      Ext. 111 , 632-1484

Nurses Station Suites 100     Ext. 112 , 632-1485

Memory Care Wing     632-1481

Assisted Living Wing     632-1448 , 632-1489

Millennium Therapy      Ext.110 , 632-1483

Amanda Loesche- Office Manager      Ext.102 , 632-1482

Jenna Gardner Administrator      Ext.103 , 632-1476

Amy Kubik-Hasley - Community Relations Director       Ext. 109 , 632-1477

Desiree Howard -DON LTC/Skilled      Ext. 107 , 632-1478

Dallas Urbain- Assisted Living DON      Ext. 106 , 632-1480

Eva Coblentz- Activity Director     (319)930-8768

Bridget Martin- Social Worker      Ext. 152 , 632-1487

Matt Munyakazi- Restorative Nurse      Ext. 152 , 632-1487

Kitchen      Ext. 105 , 632-1486


Wish you all a safe and happy 4th! 


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