About Our Non-Profit Senior Living Community
Who We Are
Care, compassion and service have been at our core for more than 100 years. They’re why we’re here today. And they’re why we continue to grow and evolve so we can continue serving area seniors for the next 100 years.
A Plan for Your Future
Village Shalom, located on The Helzberg Campus for Jewish Living, is a non-profit Life Plan Community.
Because Village Shalom is a Life Plan Community (also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community or CCRC), you’ll get priority access to the full continuum of health care services we provide on campus, should you ever need them. Residents also receive the area’s most generous health care benefit — Shalom Health.
Shalom Health is our $60,000 per person health care benefit. At no additional cost to you, this benefit works like long-term care insurance to provide a substantial discount on the additional care levels available on the Village Shalom campus. If you ever need to make a permanent move to Village Shalom’s assisted living, skilled nursing or memory care, you can rest assured knowing this benefit will be in place to help cover the cost. Best of all, Shalom Health is free.
Our mission is to nurture the physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of every individual whom we are privileged to serve, inspired by our heritage as a Jewish-sponsored senior living community. Our vision is to enable senior adults to flourish in a safe, caring, compassionate community.
Our Core Values
Honor, Provide, Respect, Foster, Uphold and Pursue. These values are our promise to our residents, families, staff and the entire Kansas City community.
HONOR our elders in accordance with Jewish principles by bringing dignity, choice, compassion and care to their lives and life transitions.
PROVIDE the assurance of a comfortable home and safe haven for all who are in our care.
RESPECT the diversity of our residents and their family members, staff, volunteers and business associates.
FOSTER strong, lasting relationships with our community and partnering organizations, agencies, philanthropists and volunteers whose support sustains us in fulfilling our mission.
UPHOLD our responsibility to the community and all who rely on us for their care through sound management of our financial resources.
PURSUE excellence and innovation in providing superior care, highly skilled staff and exemplary leadership that is a model for meeting the needs of seniors.
Leading the Way
Meet some of the leaders serving residents each and every day.
- Simon Abrahms, Interim CEO
- Tim McFarland, Director of Facilities
- Debra Gillette, Director of Human Resources
- Jim Oliverius, Director of Information Technology
- Lorena Williams, Director of Resident Life
- Jill Allin, Director of Sales & Marketing
- Nikol Terrill, Director of Philanthropy & Community Engagement
- Jamie Paredes, Chief Operations Officer
- Megan Sova, General Manager of Dining
- Samantha Vongchantha, Director of Nursing
For more than a century, Village Shalom and its predecessor communities have been shaped for success through the service and leadership of some of Kansas City’s finest business leaders.
Board of Directors
- Bob Gershon, Chair
- Neal Schwartz, Vice Chair
- Rachel Krantz, Secretary
- Ashley Alpert
- Robert Baran
- Allison Berey
- Dr. Irene E. Bettinger
- Shirley Helzberg, Lifetime Member
- James Klein, Lifetime Member
- Jeremy Krashin
- Amanda Palan
- Rosanne Rosen
- Steve Ruben
- Tracy Shafton
- Ken Sigman
- David Spizman
- Stewart Stein
- Todd Stettner
- Ben Warner
A Firm Foundation for the Future
The Early Years
Village Shalom traces its lineage to 1902 when a small contingent of Orthodox Jews met in a Kansas City storeroom to discuss care for the elderly. Ten years later, their vision began to assume tangible form with the chartering of the Moshav Zkeinim Home for the Aged Society in 1912. In 1919, a 14-room house at 29th and Troost was donated to the society by an oil magnate named Herman Appleman. What followed was the Michael Appleman Home for Aged Jews — a home that would serve Kansas City’s Jewish elders for more than 30 years.
By the late 1940s, several generous donors had provided enough funding for a much-needed expansion. On September 3, 1950, the Home for the Jewish Aged was dedicated. This new facility at 78th and Holmes would provide accommodations for up to 76 men and women. This number would increase to 90 after a 1954 expansion. The home underwent a subtle name change to the Jewish Home for the Aged in 1967, as the organization had begun to care for a larger number of nonJewish residents.
As the range of its services grew, the institution changed its name yet again in 1970 — becoming the Jewish Geriatric and Convalescent Center (JGCC). A main reason for this change was the addition of short-term rehabilitation and convalescent care — a component that remains an essential part of our organization today. Thanks in part to funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Shalom Plaza Retirement Apartment Complex located adjacent to the JGCC’s campus was dedicated on April 30, 1978. This $3.3 million, 125-apartment project was intended for older adults who were not dependent on institutional care.
By the mid-80s, shifting demographic trends generated increased demand for senior housing throughout the nation. The JGCC underwent a major renovation and expansion project to better serve the growing population of older adults. It also underwent another name change to Shalom Geriatric Center. The moniker was adopted to simplify the name and to make clear that the geriatric center and Shalom Plaza were part of the same organization. The project included a 65-unit expansion for Shalom Plaza as well as a 15-bed Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Unit.
Much of the Kansas City area’s Jewish community had migrated across the state line to south Johnson County by the early 1990s. Many area Jewish institutions had followed suit and made the move to Kansas, and Shalom Geriatric Center leaders envisioned constructing a state-of-the-art facility close to their constituency. A major capital campaign that raised nearly $20 million would bring this vision to life, and ground broke on a 26-acre continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located at 123rd and Nall in October 1998.
Village Shalom opened its doors in June 2000. The CCRC featured 64 independent living villas, 54 assisted living apartments, 52 skilled nursing rooms, and 36 suites for those experiencing Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illness. Within the next decade, Village Shalom would receive numerous awards of excellence from state and national organizations. Village Shalom celebrated a century of service to Kansas City families in May 2012.
In 2018, Village Shalom broke ground on a major campus expansion and repositioning project that nearly doubled our footprint. The plans included a four-story independent living apartment community, a new 48-residence free-standing memory care community, a repurposed short-term rehabilitation center with expanded therapy space, and a “Main Street” with dining and service amenities that serve as the corridor from the new apartment community to the existing continuing care campus. The expansion officially opened in 2020.
If you’d like to know more about our Jewish senior living community that’s open to all faiths, use the contact form to request a personal appointment.