James Whitcomb Riley Coming To Visit

Enjoy an entertaining evening featuring the Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley. This free event is presented by Raintree Square on Wednesday, October 24, at 6:30 pm. 

Danny Russel presents a charming portrayal of one of Indiana's most cherished figures, James Whitcomb Riley. In this amusing performance, Riley recites and performs “simple sentiments that come direct from the heart” – The Raggedy Man, When the Frost is on the Punkin, A Nonsense Rhyme, The Hired Man’s Faith in Childern and his most beloved piece, Little Orphant Annie.

Reservations are required for guests, and only a limited number of seats are available. Tours of Raintree Square will be available following the performance. 

Reserve your seats here. 

Independent Living and Assisted Living: What’s the difference?

Raintree Square offers independent living apartments. While our apartments are all fully accessible, we are different than an assisted living facility. What are the primary differences between independent living and assisted living? 

Independent living is designed for those who want to live on their own while being connected to others in a caring community. Raintree Square is not a nursing facility but does have 24-hour staffing. While some of our residents work with a home health care service to receive medical care, that is not part of our standard services. 

Assisted living is best for people who need regular medical care and oversight. Many assisted living facilities offer services that are covered by insurance, and they employ medical staff. 

Independent living is often more affordable. Residents at Raintree Square can choose enhanced services like housekeeping and additional meals, but many Raintree Square residents choose to do their own laundry and cleaning. All Raintree Square apartments include kitchen appliances so that residents can make their own favorite meals. Most residents enjoy lunch together in our dining room where our staff prepares a variety of appealing meals. 

Assisted living usually involves more cost because of the extended medical services. Many assisted living apartments do not include full kitchens, and instead provide all meals for residents. While this is convenient, it does increase the expenses involved. 

Independent living allows residents to participate in activities, but nothing is required. Residents can come to every single daily activity or choose to participate in only a few programs a month. Most Raintree Square residents are retired, but still active in church and civic organizations. They participate in activities both with fellow residents and with friends and family outside of Raintree Square. 

Independent living at Raintree Square means being part of a loving and active community. Staff and residents are involved in one another’s lives and check up on each other if they notice a resident isn’t at lunch or is missing a favorite activity. In addition, Raintree Square offers an emergency pendant system which allows a resident to contact staff in case of an emergency. 

Find out if independent living at Raintree Square is right for you. Schedule a tour and enjoy a free lunch with us by calling (765) 521-3491.  

Raintree Square Dedicates New Patio Area to Administrator

Raintree Square recently dedicated its new back patio area to honor Steve Wray, who has served Raintree Square since 2010 and as administrator since 2015. The celebration included music from the Brown family, a snack buffet, and a special presentation. 

Featured speakers included Jameson McGrew, past board member and current resident; Phyllis Denney, who will celebrate 30 years with Raintree Square next year; and Marcy Brown, from the activities department. Cindy Brooks, Office Manager presented Steve Wray with a plaque honoring his faith, vision, hard work, and dedication. Activities Director Chris Sitler gave a blessing over the new patio area. 

The patio area includes a gazebo, small pond and water fountain, and additional outdoor seating. The Raintree Square staff worked with Pro Green Indiana on the landscaping and water feature for the patio. 

 “The residents at Raintree Square have been enjoying the patio area already this summer,” shared Cindy Brooks. “It was a joy to surprise Steve by dedicating the area to him. He has helped to create a loving community here at Raintree Square.” 

Raintree Square is an independent senior living community, locally owned and operated by Raintree Friends Housing, Inc. Raintree Friends Housing is a Christian-based not-for-profit organization with a board comprised of representatives from New Castle First Friends, Spiceland Friends, Mooreland Friends, and Knightstown Friends churches. 

Annual Strawberry Festival is June 9 

Raintree Square will host our annual Strawberry Festival from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. This year’s festival will include a Broad Street Cruise-In Car Show which is set to last until 4:30 p.m. 

In addition to the traditional fresh strawberries, homemade ice cream, and fresh-baked shortbread, there will be several other activities. Artists from the Artistry Annex will have booths available with a variety of high-quality, locally made items. There will also be a quilt show, bounce house and music, along with door prize drawings every 15 minutes. Tours of Raintree Square will take place at 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. 

The cost to attend the event is $5 and includes a strawberry dessert and entry into the door prize drawing. All proceeds benefit Raintree Square’s Residents Council. The Council hosts monthly birthday parties for residents, along with special events on holidays. 

What Makes Raintree Square Different? 

Raintree Square Retirement Community, located in New Castle, Indiana, is more than just apartments for seniors. It’s a family, a place for seniors to live it up, and a loving community. Here are four things that make Raintree Square different than other apartment facilities. 

1. Our Ownership. Locally owned by Raintree Friends Housing, Inc., the purpose of Raintree Square is not centered on a corporation’s bottom line. Rather, the focus is providing a quality living experience for adults over age 55. Raintree Friends Housing is a Christian-based, not-for-profit organization. The board of directors is composed of representatives nominated by New Castle First Friends, Spiceland Friends, Mooreland Friends, and Knightstown Friends Churches. 

2. Our 24-7 Support Services. While Raintree Square is not an assisted living facility, our care for the people who call this place home is continuous. We have a staff member available 24 hours a day. We also offer an emergency call system with an optional emergency pendant. 

3. Our Affordability. Raintree Square’s monthly rent includes all utilities, wireless internet access, satellite television access, one meal a day, and many other amenities. While many of our residents are active with independent activities, the staff also plan regular events to give residents plenty of options to connect. Those who live here find the activities, amenities, and convenience of Raintree Square well worth the reasonable monthly cost. 

4. (And most importantly…) Our People. Each member of our community plays a vital role in the fabric of Raintree Square. Our residents bring priceless life experiences and take pride in looking out for one another. Each member of our staff enjoys the connections with residents and the culture at Raintree is positive and inviting. 

Interested in finding out for yourself what makes Raintree Square different? Contact us to schedule a time to stop in for a free lunch and tour. We’d love to talk with you about how you can connect with our loving community.