When ground was broken in December on the 95,000 square-foot senior living community, called Fieldstone of DeWitt, it was a bright spot for the end of the year. The project is dedicated to enhancing life for the community’s senior population, and it will bring a new model for standard care that will allow people to stay closer to home.

The community is a project of WellSpire, a joint venture of WesleyLife and Genesis Health System and will replace the existing WellSpire Westwing Place, which is attached to Genesis Medical Center. 

With major construction slated to begin this spring, the project’s fundraising efforts are in the final push. Earlier this month, about $4.1 million of the $5 million targeted in the capital campaign  – led by the DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation – had been raised, with the hope for the full amount to be in place by the time construction kicks into high gear.  

Fieldstone will offer assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation, and long-term care for older adults when it opens in 2022. It’s expanded footprint will include communal spaces, apartment-style assisted living, and amenities including a salon, spa, and therapy gymnasium. That’s a commendable commitment to providing our senior citizens a high quality of life while remaining in their hometown or home county where family and friends can easily visit.

The total cost of the project is estimated at around $27 million. 

Anyone interested in donating can contact Robin Krogman, hospital foundation executive director, at (563) 659-4233.

Another project that will help the community is the new building planned for the DeWitt Referral Center. It also shows a commitment to serve others in our growing community. The current center is woefully too small to handle all the operations, and there is no privacy for clients who need to talk about finances or other needs. The new building will have a vestibule to direct clients to the food pantry and private offices in one direction, and shoppers the opposite way to the thrift store. 

The goal is to raise just shy of $1 million for a new building that will double the center’s space, enhance storage for food pantry items, and provide the amenities not available in the current 45-year-old location.

The campaign kicked off strongly earlier last year and raised more than $200,000 in the first two months. But once the coronavirus pandemic crippled the local economy in March, organizers decided to put the campaign in a “silent mode” until late last year, but support continued to pour in. So far, the campaign has raised $900,000, which is 90% of its goal. 

The new building’s proposed layout will help volunteers and workers efficiently navigate the space, and it ought to cut down on utility bills. It also will have a laundry room and utility area to clean toys and clothes, if necessary. 

Those who are interested in more information can call the center at (563) 659-9612. 

Both of these projects will add to the amenities of DeWitt, which has been a very generous community when it comes to backing efforts that make it a great place to live. From supporting cultural and education amenities to these current projects, the DeWitt community continues to show how investment at home can make a difference.