Warm Hearth Village Newsletter
Warm Hearth Village Newsletter

I am overwhelmed by the unquestionable strength and character of our community. The messages of gratitude, acts of generosity and words of encouragement are powerful affirmations for our dedicated team members. For us, this positive energy has a direct correlation to excellence in resident care. 

Life in the midst of COVID-19 has sparked fear, frustration and anxiety all around. It is easy for distractions, criticism and stress to creep in. It struck me today how much Warm Hearth has seen over the past 46 years. To even open the Village, Dr. and Mrs. Kroontje overcame tremendous obstacles wherever they turned. Since that opening day, Warm Hearth has continued to overcome barriers, and in doing so, a place of peace and happiness has been established. Covid-19 has been challenging, but it has shown me how resilient we are. Everywhere I look, residents, team members and the community are digging in and fighting back.
We are truly thankful for your continued support. It takes a Village. Kindness, patience and partnership will get us through this together.

Warmth and Peace,
Louis Andre "Andy" Swiger, Dean Emeritus of Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and former head of the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, was a 2019 inductee to the CALS Hall of Fame. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hall of Fame recognizes the college’s alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves professionally in their careers and who have given exemplary service to the college, the university, or the agricultural and life sciences industries. Previously, Dr. Swiger was inducted into the Ohio State University Saddle and Sirloin Club Hall of Fame, the VT Block and Bridle Club Hall of Fame, and the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame. 
Warm Hearth Village is honored to be Dr. Swiger’s home for the last four years. Congratulations from all residents and staff!


Warm Hearth's new recreation court has been striped and residents are now playing ball. Village resident Roland Byrd spearheaded the initiative to create the designated area for Pickleball, tennis, ping pong and basketball.


Acts of kindness can change the world for the better. In honor of World Kindness Day on November 13th, we would like to share an act of kindness that has touched our hearts.
While in quarantine, requests for the daily newspaper have increased substantially among assisted living residents at Showalter Center. Staff asked our Roanoke Times newspaper carrier, Ann Vower, how we could receive a few extras for those residents who usually read a shared copy of the daily paper in the lobby. The next day, Ann started bringing 30 extra copies for residents and even a few copies of The Wall Street Journal, which she has been paying for herself. Thank you, Ann, for your kindness and generosity.


Looking for an entertaining night in? Look no further! The Virginia Tech Performing Arts department has a full calendar of online entertainment from their talented students, faculity and guests that you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your home. Click below to view the offerings available!
Online Performances and Events


Dr. Richard Shepherd, Resident representative and retired physician
Dr. Pamela Teaster, Professor of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech and Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology
Dr. Thomas R. (Tommy) McDearis, Senior Pastor at Blacksburg Baptist Church
Allan Bookout, Senior Vice President/Commercial Lending at First Bank and Trust Company

We are delighted to welcome these community leaders to the Warm Hearth, Inc. Board of Directors, and look forward to their guidance and leadership.


The letters we have received from children throughout the community have meant so much to our residents and staff during this challenging time. We would love to continue to receive cards, letters and well wishes from you! If you would like to send some encouragement to our residents or staff, please mail to:

Warm Hearth Village

Attn: Jonathan Tate

1060 Showalter Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24060
Michelle Narramore has served as Administrator of Warm Hearth at Home for four years and will now also act as the liaison for referrals in the community. She and her team boast a re-hospitalization rate in the 99th percentile and a strong star rating, attributed to quality care. Please call (540) 443-3428 or visit the website to learn more.
Warm Hearth at Home has also relocated its office to:
100 Arbor Drive, Suite 103
Christiansburg, VA 24073


As you may know, the Warm Hearth Foundation is in the midst of its annual Neighbors in Need campaign. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who have already made a gift of support this year, and share some valuable information that is unique to this tax year related to special allowances and tax laws.
  • The CARES Act allows taxpayers taking the standard deduction in tax year 2020 to claim up to $300 in charitable donations as well. These charitable gifts must be made to 501c3 nonprofit organizations such as the Warm Hearth Foundation to qualify.

  • Taxpayers itemizing their deductions in tax year 2020 can also benefit.  For 2020 only, you may deduct cash contributions up to 100% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), (the prior years’ limit allowed only 60%).

  • Other tips offered by experts to make the most of your charitable giving in 2020 include “stacking” your gifts if you are close to reaching the threshold for itemized vs. standard deductions. ( For example, if you give $10,000 annually to charity, consider giving $20,000 in 2020 to cover your giving for both 2020 and 2021.) Finally, remember that you can utilize your IRA for charitable giving if you are over age 70-1/2 and must take the annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Your RMD may be sent directly to a qualified charity like the Warm Hearth Foundation and will in turn not be taxed as personal income.

    For more details, contact your tax professional. To learn more about giving to the Warm Hearth Foundation, please contact Amy Slone at (540) 443-3413 or visit www.retire.org/foundation. 
Congratulations to Warm Hearth Village board member, Katherine Allen, Professor of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, She was recently conferred the title of professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emerita title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Read the full article


Yes, YOU! 
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