Snyder Village, a senior living facility in Metamora, has undergone quite a makeover. Employees and residents, along with their families and friends got the chance to take a tour last Sunday afternoon.

A ribbon cutting and open house was held at the nursing home on June 2 to commemorate the completion of the second phase of a renovation project that started in 2010.

The construction project aimed to deliver a warm, friendly neighborhood atmosphere at Snyder Village. It included improvements to living spaces, Bistro-style dining halls, the creation of a central “town center”, a fireside lounge, a larger staff lounge, more nurses’ stations and activity spaces, and a new office for the health center administrator.

“These additions make it possible for us to create smaller scale neighborhoods that allow us to more efficiently, effectively, and personally meet the needs of our residents,” said Executive Director, Keith Swartzentruber.

Swartzentruber said out of the $3.1 million spent on the project, nearly $2 million was provided through donations.  “What a blessing,” he remarked. 

Snyder Village is a faith based non-profit organization which opened in 1988. Since then, it has grown to provide 106 beds, 65 assisted living units, 39 apartments and 170 cottages for area senior citizens.  

The ribbon cutting ceremony was packed, and included warm words from many special guests including Metamora mayor Kenneth Maurer and U.S. Representative Darin LaHood. 

The enthusiasm for the completion of the project was palpable.

“I could feel the excitement and anticipation from the staff and residents here,” said Diane Gravlin, president of Snyder Village Board of Directors.  “It was a good feeling.”