In 1948, the Pacific Coast Conference Mennonites began a rescue mission in Portland, Oregon. Part of the vision of that mission was to create a farm home outside of the Portland area for recovering alcoholics to work on a farm.
By early 1949, a 160-acre farm was donated and a home was built. The farm operated until 1955, at which time the farm home was converted into a nursing home. The rescue mission continued to operate as such until about 1970.
Several additions and remodels of Rock of Ages occurred as it operated under Pacific Coast Conference Mennonites until 1968. At this time Bible Mennonite Fellowship Inc., another group of Mennonite Churches, took over the operation.
The board of directors made the decision to close the facility doors from 1973 until 1976 for renovation. It reopened as a 21-bed Residential Care Facility and has operated with RCF licensure since that date.
In 1989, plans were being made to build a small village and in 1991 we were building the first homes in Valley View Retirement Village. The 40 homes, most constructed as duplexes, now serve our more independent residents.
In 1995, the M.A.I.D.S. In-Home Care Program was started to meet the needs of those who required help in their own homes here on campus.
We now offer hospice care for those in need. Our program continues to grow and provide compassionate care for retired adults in our residences.
In June of 1981, Delvin Zook became a full time volunteer for Rock of Ages Mennonite Home. Delvin, his wife Twila, and their children moved to a home on the grounds. Delvin served in the maintenance department as well as in direct care staff. He was also an administrator-in-training. In 1982, he became a paid employee and the administrator of the facility.
Delvin’s passion is serving the elderly population. He believes that quality for seniors in a home-like setting is very important. He has worked to improve not only the organization here, but also on various work task forces for the State of Oregon. Delvin also has served in various positions in the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services, a state association serving about 100 not-for-profit facilities. In addition, he is a Board member for Leading Age, the national organization serving not-for-profit facilities. Delvin has served over 16 years for the National Board of Examiners (NAB).
Delvin is active in the community, serving on boards such as McMinnville Chamber of Commerce and Western Mennonite School. Delvin and his wife Twila have been serving Rock of Ages residents for over 36 years.
Memory Care Administrator
Truman’s dedication to seniors lead him from a teaching career to serving seniors.
Mark went from serving a community of young children with his musical talent to caring for the spiritual needs of our seniors.
Food Service Administrator
Candice has served Rock of Ages for over 12 years. Her tender spirit and kindness has been a great asset for our residents.
In-Home Care Administrator (M.A.I.D.S.)
Karen’s extensive experience in In Home Care environments and serving others has made her invaluable to Rock of Ages.
Leslie is a strong member of our community and brightens our office daily.
We are seeking volunteers and M.A.I.D.S. If you would like to help out as a volunteer, complete the online volunteer application. There are tons of opportunities to help out!