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Resident Stories


During the Pandemic, an honored tradition had to be postponed. But Kendal residents and staff found a way to keep the lights shining. Read More The Faces of Kendal From our Blog, author Molly Kavanaugh highlights the stories of Kendal at Oberlin residents. We invite you to meet some of the vibrant

The Faces of Kendal: Meet Jack and Kathleen Secrist


Published: August 17, 2022 Kendal is home to more than 300 men and women in their 60s and well beyond. They come from near (Oberlin) and far (Hawaii, Canada and elsewhere). The residents share many common values, such as sustainability and lifelong learning, and many have ties to Oberlin College

Hometown Heroes: Celebrating Community Support During COVID-19


meditation sessions, and continues to do so weekly. “She saved us psychologically” Barbara said. Retired Oberlin police officer Kyle Michalak is a familiar face at Kendal too. His mother Joyce lived there for nearly 20 years. Using his 3D printer, Kyle made 3D facial masks and donated them to Kendal

Intergenerational Relationships Flourish in the Dining Room


graduated with her Bachelors degree and will be continuing on as a scholarship student at Youngstown State University, working towards her Masters degree in gerontology. Students Have The Last Word Thayer Preston is a familiar face at Kendal as he attended the Early Learning Center. His mother, Kim

Community Update for week of 8/22/2022


by the Ohio Department of Health this summer for a job WELL DONE, especially in the midst of all the challenges we have faced!  Great Job Kendal Team! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Stacy Terrell, with any questions or concerns you may have about the Ohio Department of Health Survey process

How is Kendal a Resident-Driven Community?


Published: August 28, 2018 More than 25 years ago, future residents of Kendal at Oberlin planted the seeds for how the retirement community would operate. The community would be based on Quaker values and practices, and residents would have a strong voice in all aspects of community life — social

Community Update for week of 12/12/2022


Update to residents on 12/13/2022 Precaution Dictates: Masks Required in Public Areas Friends, with the increase in positivity rate of COVID in Lorain County and the increasing prevalence of Influenza and RSV, Kendal is again requiring all individuals to wear a mask/face covering in all public



Making a Difference with Technology


is back at it. He made a hand prototype for E-Nable, was approved as a volunteer and is waiting for his first assignment.   Meanwhile, the pandemic is keeping him busy. When he heard that the Kendal staff were having trouble with some cloth face masks not fitting tight enough or too tight he created