Kendal Northern Ohio
Kendal Northern Ohio was established as a nonprofit 501(C)(3) Corporation in 2003 with the primary purpose to support the missions of Kendal at Oberlin and Kendal Community Outreach of Northern Ohio, LLC. Kendal Northern Ohio’s Mission is to develop innovative services in aging which complement those of existing organizations, encouraging synergy of programs, and ensuring operations, and the separation of operations and finances. It supports its entities through research, planning and advising, fundraising, and new program development to the Kendal Community.
As the “Outreach Arm” of Kendal, Kendal Northern Ohio has contributed to the following Program Service Outcomes:
- Kendal Community Outreach of Northern Ohio, LLC was launched in 2009 to provide Home Healthcare Services and Personal Care Services to Seniors living in Lorain and Cuyahoga Counties in partnership with Ohio Living (formerly known as Senior Independence).
- Kendal at Oberlin, a Life Plan Community (also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community) has been providing services to Residents since 1993. Kendal at Oberlin is accredited by CARF and has been identified as a 5-Star Rated Nursing Home by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
- Kendal Northern Ohio also acts as a Fiscal Agent for the Oberlin CLT (a Community Land Trust) seeking “To strengthen diversity and grow communities by holding land in trust for permanently affordable, sustainable housing, home ownership, and other community needs”.
- Kendal’s Early Learning Center is a Partner Agency and on the Steering Committee of the OberlinKids Collaborative that was established by the United Way of Lorain County. Kendal Northern Ohio has agreed to act as the Lead Agency and Fiscal Sponsor for this initiative.
- In December of 2021, Kendal Northern Ohio announced the purchase of the College Village Apartments on Maple Street in Oberlin. The 46-unit apartment complex sits on 2.6 acres and is situated directly south of the Kendal at Oberlin campus. The property was purchased from Jon Veard of United Property Management in Lorain after having a written agreement with Kendal offering an option to purchase should an offer be made on the property. Barbara Thomas, Kendal Northern Ohio’s chief executive officer, stated “We are pleased with this unexpected opportunity knowing its current use provides an excellent housing option to low and moderate income families, including seniors. We know the importance of retaining affordable housing in Oberlin and the need for even more based on studies conducted by the City of Oberlin.” The building has maintained excellent occupancy even during the pandemic and offers a desirable location with proximity to the expanding Oberlin Schools campus. No changes are anticipated for the use of the property other than its current purpose of housing for seniors and families.
The Importance of Engagement with the Greater Community
- Kendal is a leader in the field of Aging Services and has been instrumental in supporting both the National and State Associations through staff leadership.
- Kendal actively contributes and engages in Community Events such as the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”, Oberlin Business Partnership and various other initiatives.
- Kendal is committed to Social Responsibility providing leadership in the greater community through service on other nonprofit Boards.
If you have any questions about Kendal Northern Ohio, please contact Barbara Thomas, Chief Executive Officer.