The care you see today is true to our original intent – a mission serving elders with compassion and respect.
Advent Christian Retirement Communities began in 1919 as the vision of Adeline Leavitt, a pastor’s wife, who spied a “For Sale” sign on the South Vernon Hotel. With the help of her husband, their denomination agreed to make the purchase and welcomed retired missionaries, ministers and their wives to the new Vernon Advent Christian Home in 1920. The home grew quickly and soon expanded its welcome to all elder persons.
Growth and innovation at Vernon Home
In 1955 we bought a separate residence on 30 acres and created the original 15-bed Vernon Green Nursing Home. Over the years, we constructed additions and new facilities, made upgrades, sold the original converted hotel, built facilities, and implemented innovative services and policies...
Today, the Vernon Advent Christian Home campus offers a complete continuum of elderly care.
Expansion in Maine
In 1993, we purchased a site in Kittery, Maine with a 13-unit apartment building and established Meetinghouse Village as an independent senior living facility. Our vision for constant improvement and growth took hold again with numerous additions, new residence buildings, and, in 2005, a new South Campus community of six apartment buildings, chapel and office space.
The scope and depth of today’s ACRC would no doubt surprise and delight Mrs. Leavitt. So would our faithfulness to her original vision of compassionate elder care.
We invite you to stay tuned as the ACRC mission continues to unfold.