A Brief History of Oak Crest

A Look Back

Founded in 1980, the DeKalb Area Retirement Center was begun by an ecumenical Board of Trustees. Because a fair number of these persons were United Methodists, and because of the years of experience by the United Methodist Church in gerontology, the Board of Trustees affiliated with the Northern Illinois Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The relationship with the Northern Illinois Annual Conference is one encouraging and advancing religious and humanitarian services and upholding an atmosphere of spiritual commonality, not one of ownership, operation, control or financial underwriting or sponsorship. The corporation operates independently as a community service under the sole discretion of its Board of Trustees. Accordingly, the Northern Illinois Annual Conference has no responsibility, either legal or moral, for the financial obligations of the corporation.

Oak Crest is proud to be accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Retirement Facilities/Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF/CCAC). This designation is an endorsement of Oak Crest's fiscal responsibility, complete range of services, and superior quality of life. Oak Crest also has earned OSHA/SHARP designation and, as the only continuing care retirement community in the state of Illinois to receive this recognition, it confirms our dedication and commitment in providing a safe workplace. Oak Crest is also a member of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and Life Services Network of Illinois.

A Look To The Future

Perhaps more than any other, this time may be the most exciting to date, as we look to the future and the possibility of further developing the Oak Crest community. The mission of the organization and the values, are the building blocks that support a foundation of service and care. Over thirty years ago, Oak Crest began as a dream and has grown to what we now recognize today as an outstanding leader in the field of long-term care and services. Truly successful organizations like Oak Crest are not a product of nature, nor do they simply materialize out of thin air. They are the result of hard work, determination and vision.

Based on the organization's on-going success and as demand for services and accommodations increase, we find ourselves in a position where we must look at current land use and the potential for future growth. As the Board of Trustees looks to the future, we are focused on our purpose and committed to the concept that growth and development are essential to the future of the Oak Crest community.

Someone once said, "Isn't it more important to know what we are building with our growth, and why? Measuring more is easy; measuring better is hard. Measuring better requires a clear mission, an exciting vision, and shared values."

Organizational planning and anticipating future consumer wants and needs can be a monumental undertaking, but one that we feel will directly benefit both the Oak Crest community and the community at large. As an organization, the vision is in place, the mission is clear, and the future is bright.

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