In 1977, Pastor James H. Fresh, of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Dunedin, Florida was approached by two parishioners who wondered what would happen to them as they grew older. Who would care for them if they were unable to care for themselves, or each other? Where would they go? Who would look after them? Was there something the church could do, they wondered?
Pastor Fresh had many older members who were all generally vibrant and healthy, many without family nearby. None exhibited a desire to give up their active lifestyle and independence.
Inspired by their concerns, Pastor Fresh envisioned a community of people, vibrant in their mature years, social, busy, and full of life; a place where one’s needs were met at those moments in life when they required support. He believed that an environment that cared for the total person – the physical, emotional, and spiritual side of each Resident – could provide a healthy and life affirming home for those wishing to maintain their independence.
Thus began St. Mark Village, a community where maintenance-free living and the peace of mind of on-site health care allow you to let go of the cares and concerns about your future.
St. Mark Village has grown into a 12-acre continuing care community serving a diverse group of men and women who have chosen a home where they can be vital, active, and secure, knowing that care is at their doorstep, should their needs change.