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Mission and Vision

Our mission is to foster independence and well-being of older adults by providing programs and services that encourage purposeful living, community engagement, and wellness.

Kendal on Hudson will transform the experience of aging as a time of active living and learning.

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Kendal on Hudson is a not for profit Life Plan Community in Sleepy Hollow, New York, about 25 miles north of New York City. Built on a foundation of Quaker values and principles, we are an inclusive and welcoming community overlooking the Hudson River.

We opened in May 2005 and remain the premiere accredited not-for-profit Life Plan Community in the Hudson Valley. Kendal on Hudson was developed by three groups focused on working with residents to ensure that older years are years of continued living and learning.

The first group was the Study Group on Retirement Alternatives, a committee of members of Quaker meetings located in Westchester County, New York, and in Southwestern Connecticut. They represented the interests of local area residents and initiated and led the development process beginning in 1994.
Second, the Phelps Memorial Hospital Center became part of the conversation when land was identified on the campus of the hospital.

The third group, Kendal Corporation, with its Quaker heritage and emphasis on respect for the individual, excellence in service, social responsibility and fiscal integrity, was a natural fit.

Kendal Values and Practices

In carrying out our mission, our primary objective is to establish and maintain integrity and excellence in all aspects of our work

To Enhance the Quality of Life and Vitality of Those We Serve and to Foster a Sense of Community

Treating each person as a valued individual and in an atmosphere of mutual respect and caring;

To Promote an Environment of Continuing Learning

Encouraging lifelong growth for staff, community members, boards, and volunteers;

To Encourage and Welcome All People

Without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law, to live in our communities and to serve on our staffs and boards;

To Provide High Quality Wellness Programs and Health Care Services

Treating each person with dignity;

To Provide Physical Settings that are Sensitive to the Aging Process

And that enhance quality of life, security, and wellness;

To Engage in Practices that Sustain and Improve Our Environments

And our planet;

To Employ Financial Designs that Contribute to Security and Serve Our Social Objectives

To make our services and communities affordable, to the extent possible, to a range of economic capabilities;

To Foster a High Quality Work Experience For Staff

Recognizing that Kendal must be a good place to work if we are to offer good places to live and to provide high quality services;

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Resident pruning plant on her balcony
View from the swimming pool to the outside terrace
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aerial view of Kendal on Hudson with Hudson River

To Strive For Excellence in Management and Governance

Seeking and developing board and staff dedicated to our mission and values, and building partnerships with those we serve;

To Value Participation, Transparency, and Consensus Building

By nurturing careful listening and effective decision making;

To Take Responsibility in the Larger Community

Maintaining extensive and mutually supportive relationships and sharing our resources and experience;

To Continue To Grow

By engaging in ongoing evaluation and staff development, and by seeking and responding to new opportunities to further our mission;

To Take an Active Role in Aging Issues

Through professional dialogue, research, public policy, and other means, thereby contributing to improved services for all older people;

To Foster a Culture of Generosity

Encouraging and developing full use of our time, talent, and resources;

To Maintain Integrity and High Ethical Standards

In everything that we say and do.

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Respect, Care and Trust

Values and Practices

The deep roots that sustain Kendal on Hudson are found in Kendal’s Values and Practices. They ensure that Kendal organizations continue to share the spirit of community and collaboration, and the respect for each individual that flow from the principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).