History of Warm Hearth Village

The nonprofit community of Warm Hearth Village was founded in 1974 by Wybe and Marietje Kroontje (Wee-ba and Mar-ee-cha Croon-cha), Dutch immigrants who came to the U.S. after World War II. Dissatisfied with the conditions they observed in “typical” nursing homes of the day, and eager to give something back to the country that had given them so much, Wybe and Marietje began making plans for a senior living community unlike any other.

Rooted in the belief that “there had to be a better way,” the Kroontjes’ community would be a place where the dignity of each individual would be respected, where seniors would be encouraged to live life to the fullest, and where all people would be welcome.

In stark contrast to the cold, institutional facilities they observed, the Kroontjes envisioned a village alive with the beauty of nature and committed to protecting the natural beauty of our environment. Today, their vision is alive and well at Warm Hearth Village.