The History of Goodwill Retirement Community
In 1914, the Conservative Mennonite Conference began a children’s orphanage, known to be the first social service organization in Garrett County, Maryland. A new brick structure was completed in 1918 and housed its peak population of 87 children in 1931. In 1938 the children’s home closed due to a shift in how the government provided care for orphans.
In 1958 the Conservative Mennonite Conference donated the land and building to establish Goodwill Mennonite Home, Inc. as an independent non-profit organization providing 26 nursing home beds. Responding to increasing needs, additions to the original structure were added in 1963, 1978, 1991, 2002 and 2006, bringing the bed capacity in the Nursing home to 98 and developing a 22 apartment Assisted Living. In 1988, construction began on the Retirement Village, which now includes 30 cottages.
About Our Area: Western, Maryland
Goodwill Retirement Community is nestled in the Casselman River Valley of Garrett County Maryland, which offers a peaceful, pastoral setting with easy access to I-68 and Route 219. Though the community is surrounded by farmland, it is situated just minutes from hotels, banks, churches, gas stations, grocery stores, parks, restaurants, a library and a senior center.Garrett County is known for its mountains, rivers and lakes, which offer an abundance of activities for people of all ages and abilities.
Some Areas and Events of Interest:
- The Historic Casselman Bridge
- Penn Alps Artisan Village & Craft Shop
- Frostburg State University and Fine Arts Center
- Deep Creek Lake State Park and Recreational Area
- Springs Farmers Market & Folk Festival
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
- Swallow Falls State Park
- Autumn Glory Festival
- Rural Amish Community
- Nemacolin Woodland Resort
- Ohiopyle State Park
- New Germany State Park
Goodwill Retirement Community is located approximately 100 miles from Pittsburgh, PA and 150 miles from both Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. Click Here to get directions to Goodwill.