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Chatham County Charitable Fund Application

Galloway Ridge exists to inspire meaningful and engaged lives and to assure each resident a superior quality of life and care.  In support of our mission, the Galloway Ridge Chatham County Charitable Fund was established in 2006 to serve the citizens of Chatham County. We are honored to announce that the Galloway Ridge Chatham County Charitable Fund is now accepting grant applications from Chatham County 501(c)(3) organizations and from Chatham County Public Schools and other Chatham County non-profits. Thanks to the generosity of the Galloway Ridge residents during the 2020 fund drive, $100,000 is available to support our larger community.

The application can be accessed at the link below. Completed applications are due by 4:00 pm on October 8, 2021.

For questions regarding the application, please contact Charell Harper at charper@gallowayridge.com or 919-545-2697.


Galloway Ridge Investing in the Future Through Scholarship Fund


The Galloway Ridge Employee Scholarship Fund benefited 13 employees to pursue higher education. Residents of Galloway Ridge were able to award $60,000 in scholarships in 2021. The scholarship is an excellent opportunity for employees to pursue higher education, which would not be possible for many without the assistance of this scholarship. The Triangle Community Foundation manages the fund, and the Galloway Ridge community makes all contributions. A committee of residents chaired by Flo Phillips lead the efforts in obtaining donations for the fund. Employees have used these scholarships for various fields of study. These fields include the arts, sciences, business, education, engineering, humanities, media, nursing, pharmacy, public health, various trade schools, and graduate school. The Galloway Ridge Employee Scholarship program has benefited over 162 employees since it began in 2008. 

Read more about the recipients and the difference these scholarships are making here!

2021 Galloway Ridge Employee Scholarship Recipients:

Jazmine Atkins

Shayla Baldwin

Brenda Cortez

Olivia Holmberg

Jeannette Mullies

Lilly Neal

Elizabeth Quinn

Sarah Sessoms

Chanelle Thomas

Kevin Valdez

Breanna Walker

Elaine Dorothy Crescenzi Memorial Award Recipients:

Irene Cortez

Angela Farnsworth

Galloway Ridge at Fearrington Certified as a Great Place to Work®

Pittsboro, NC (May 5, 2021) – Great Place to Work Institute has honored Galloway Ridge at Fearrington with certification as a Great Place to Work. The certification process considered more than 170 employee surveys from Galloway Ridge’s current workforce.  Great Place to Work, an independent research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do.

“We are excited to be recognized as a Great Place to Work,” said Kim Hutter, Senior Director of Human Resources at Galloway Ridge. “Galloway Ridge is committed to attracting and retaining employees who embrace our core values of caring, commitment, empowerment and integrity.’ Under the direction of Bob Zimmer, CEO, the Employee Engagement Task Force has diligently worked on elevating the employee experience through a variety of initiatives that have included robust onboarding programs, culture training and development, and ongoing support and recognition. “We applaud Galloway Ridge for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Kung, of Great Place to Work’s senior care affiliate Activated Insights. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace for high performance and overall satisfaction.”

About Galloway Ridge at Fearrington

Galloway Ridge at Fearrington is a Life Plan Community that blends Southern hospitality and cosmopolitan sophistication. Our residents enjoy vibrant, independent living as well as an array of activities and progressive health programs in a tight-knit environment where employees and neighbors alike truly care for one another. Galloway Ridge’s 62-acre campus offers 248 independent living apartments along with 52 independent living villas. The Medicare-certified health care center, The Arbor, is connected to the main building and offers 96 private rooms for assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. To learn more about Galloway Ridge please visit gallowayridge.com

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small & Medium Companies, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

A Look Inside!

Take a quick behind-the-scenes tour of this beautiful Villa. We love it when our residents customize their homes to make them their own! We are swooning over the hardwood floors, master bedroom closet, and most importantly – the kitchen! The new owner even has a cozy spot picked out to play his guitar.

About this Villa: Durham Villa – 1802 sq. ft, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, office, kitchen, dining room, Carolina room

The Story of Galloway Ridge’s Woodworkers Shop

New Galloway Ridge residents often experience a sense of relief upon discovering the Woodworkers Shop, having recently moved and in so doing having lost their personal hobby workspace. We do indeed benefit from a well-equipped Woodworkers Shop, used for both tinkering and serious woodworking, and from the camaraderie of fellow woodworkers. This facility is the result of significant contributions, particularly by early residents. The founding of this shop is quite a story!

Before Galloway Ridge was open for business, two friends in Fearrington Village shared a passion for construction activity – in particular, work for the Pittsboro Habitat for Humanity. It has been a pleasure to interview Jan H. and to learn about the early activity that led to organizing woodworkers at Galloway Ridge. Jan had befriended Jim C., who was a dedicated builder for Habitat for Humanity in 1994, when it was a small organization with big ambitions. Jim C. had finished one home on the edge of Pittsboro and recruited his friend Jan H. for additional building. They typically worked on Habitat projects several days a week. Fast forward to 2015 for a heartwarming story about Jim C. When visiting the Arbor, Jim was approached by a young staff member who gave him a big hug and exclaimed, “You built my home!” Indeed, Jim made many contributions.

Jim C. had signed up for residence at Galloway Ridge in 2005 and was concerned that it needed to have a shop for woodworking. Galloway Ridge management allocated a small room for such activity. Jim started soliciting equipment contributions from early residents and soon had a functioning shop. Jan moved to Galloway Ridge a couple of months after Jim, and the woodworking group soon expanded to include Bob H. and John R., as well as others (unfortunately, records have been lost). Jim C. was the first Woodworkers president.

The very small workshop (so small, one couldn’t fit a 4×8 plywood sheet in it) had a deficiency other than its small size. It shared a ventilation system with the kitchen, and the wafting odor of curing varnish and other chemicals wasn’t at all appreciated! The original shop in the main building was packed up and closed in 2010-11. The new building that was to house the woodworking shop was part of the Phase 2 expansion. In April 2012, a large room in the new Maintenance Building was made available for the Woodworkers. John R. led the new workshop transformation, helped by Jim C., Jan H., Bob H., and Bill D.. Soon thereafter, Paul S. donated metal shelves and a number of essential tools such as a stand-up drill press, sanding disk, and (later) the large Delta lathe that is currently in the shop. John R. engineered the elaborate dust collection system still in use. Joe H. and Bryan B. also helped organize the shop, with its many tools and supplies. By the end of 2012, the shop was operational.

Paul S. became president of the Woodworkers in 2012, to be followed by David K. in 2015. Both Paul and David (as well as others before them) have repaired many pieces of furniture and faulty lamps for residents. Paul S. organized and led the most ambitious Woodworker project to date, involving construction of all the wooden trellises in use outside resident patio gardens. (Installation was by Galloway Ridge Maintenance staff.)

Over the years, the Woodworkers have completed an amazing array of projects, including the addition of bookcases for libraries, numerous Arbor mailboxes (outside each apartment), and frequent repair of residents’ furniture. Ron K. constructed an impressive display panel of 21 wood species in 2015, which adorns a wall in the shop to this day.

The current members of Woodworkers have continued the tradition of repair of residents’ furniture, outside projects (most recently student desks supporting remote study during the pandemic), and personal items such as tables, bed headboards, turned salad bowls, and bracelets. New Woodworkers are always welcome.

Galloway Ridge wins Beacon Award for ‘Best in Wellness’ for Second Year in a Row

Galloway Ridge has won the 2020 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award, which recognizes and honors the Top 25 ‘Best in Wellness’ senior living communities in North America. Galloway Ridge is among those recognized as best-in-class for successfully fostering a wellness-centered environment to benefit all who live and work in their community. The award was created as a joint effort between International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep, LLC, a major manufacturer of recumbent cross-trainers used in healthcare, senior living and fitness, already mentioned above.

The ICAA is responsible for leading, connecting and defining the active-aging industry. CEO and founder Colin Milner says, “Senior living communities have long been aware of how important wellness is for the health and well-being of their residents, but in recent years, wellness has evolved from being a programming option to becoming a way of life” This evolution, says Milner, is also reflected in a survey recently conducted by the ICAA. The survey found that 59% of senior living communities state their business model will be wellness-centered with care services by 2023. Galloway Ridge has successively partnered with its residents and staff to create relevant, meaningful opportunities and inspire participants to improve their quality of life.

Wellness is typically defined by seven key dimensions: emotional, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, vocational and environmental. When each of these dimensions is equally nurtured and prioritized, it can enhance a sense of well-being among residents.  It is this commitment and acknowledgement of how important wellness is for older adults that elevates resident health to new heights.

“Our ability to maintain a community of wellness has been challenged more this year than ever before. With Covid-19 requiring extreme levels of safety precautions, Galloway Ridge has had to push outside the box to ensure a high level of wellness, even when our typical strategies no longer apply. From a place of creativity and determination, we have risen above the challenges to provide a variety of ways to continue to engaging our residents,” Cori Cansler, the Director of Resident Enrichment, explains. “We strive to create opportunities to prioritize health, encourage learning and ensure that an individual’s experience at Galloway Ridge is one of positivity and growth. We want everyone who walks into this community to leave happier and more fulfilled than when they came in.”

As the older adult population continues to grow and more individuals seek a better, longer life, where they choose to live is becoming increasingly important. How communities structure their wellness culture can have a significant effect on health and longevity. It’s more than just practicing wellness; it’s about having it permeate all aspects of life. As winners of the Beacon award for the second year in a row, Galloway Ridge continues to lead the way.

Marilyn and Leonard Ernst Go Platinum

“Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile.” – Unknown

It’s not every day you get to wish a couple a happy 70th anniversary, but on October 22, we had the rare opportunity to do just that with two beloved members of our Galloway Ridge family, Marilyn and Leonard Ernst.

The happy couple met in rural Iowa the same year they married, in 1950. They are both from large families, and they began their married life living and working on the Ernst family farm. That is where they raised their family and made their living, until they retired in northwest Arkansas, their home for the next 20 years. Since that time, they relocated to Galloway Ridge to be closer to both of their daughters and their families, including grand and great-grandchildren. We love having them as part of our community and are honored to commemorate this momentous occasion with them, even amid a pandemic.

What other major events have they seen over the past 70 years together as husband and wife? They have seen 13 presidents serve in office. They have witnessed our country go to war over five times. They have viewed the Berlin Wall go up and come down. They have watched a man land on the moon and the expansion of space exploration. They have witnessed the birth of rock-and-roll music, computers, television, the interstate system, and so much more. Through it all, they have stood by each other’s sides. If that is not a lifetime achievement, we do not know what is!

If the Ernsts are the first couple you have known, met, or heard of that made it to their platinum anniversary, you would not be wrong in assuming that it is a rare accomplishment. In fact, the US Census Bureau does not maintain statistics on couples that go beyond an almost-equally impressive 50 years of marriage. For the record, only about six percent of couples make it to that golden anniversary milestone. Some researchers speculate that 70 years of marriage is only celebrated by less than one tenth of a percent of married couples, or approximately 80,000 couples in the US.

Some famous couples that have also celebrated their platinum anniversary include President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush in 2015, President Jimmy and First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 2016, and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in 2017. Interestingly enough, a Platinum Jubilee is when monarchs celebrate a 70-year reign, which is where this landmark anniversary gets its designation. It appears the Ernsts are in mighty good company.

Precious metals aside, Marilyn and Leonard have their own secret to wedded longevity, and they graciously shared it with us. The key to their happy marriage is patience and cooperation, two things we could all do well to remember, especially during this trying year and the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis.

The Galloway Ridge community, from staff and management to residents, congratulates the Ernsts, our platinum lovebirds, on the occasion of their 70th wedding anniversary. May you continue to inspire all of us to be more patient, to learn to cooperate, and to approach everything and everyone with love, kindness, and compassion.

Our State Fall Favorites

Multiple states near and above the Maxon-Dixon line all claim to be the birthplace of the whoopie pie. What is a whoopie pie, you wonder? If you aren’t familiar with this tasty treat, it’s a baked dessert that is traditionally made with two round pieces of chocolate cookie-shaped cake filled with a creamy, flavored filling.

At Galloway Ridge, however, we wanted to put a twist on this classic dessert for our residents! Using pumpkin and classic fall spices creates a savory treat for all to enjoy as the air begins to change and we start to settle in for cooler days ahead.


Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (Makes 12)



3 CUPS (loosely packed) ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR




















Preheat oven to 350F In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and dry spices. In a larger bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and vegetable oil, then whisk in the pumpkin puree, the eggs, and vanilla extract. Fold in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly but try not to overmix. Let set in refrigerator for 20 minutes. On a parchment lined cookie sheet, scoop balls of dough about 1 2/3 tablespoons each and space about 1” apart. Should have approximately 24 dough balls. Slightly flatten the dough balls. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just starting to crack on top and a tester comes out clean. Cool to room temperature.


For the filling: Beat together the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Sift the powdered sugar and stir into the cream cheese mixture. Don’t overmix. Let rest 10 minutes. Divide the pumpkin cookies into two groups of 12. On one group, flip them over so that the flat side is facing upwards. Using either a pastry bag, spoon, or small scoop, place half-inch dollops of the filling in the center of each of the twelve cookies that you flipped, not going quite to the edges. (it will fill out as you put the other cookie on top). Match the remaining cookies as tops to these, to form 12 “sandwiches”.


Galloway Ridge Charitable Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications

August 26, 2020

Galloway Ridge exists to inspire meaningful and engaged lives and to assure each resident a superior quality of life and care.  In support of our mission the Galloway Ridge Chatham County Charitable Fund was established in 2006 to serve the citizens of Chatham County. We are honored to announce that the Galloway Ridge Chatham County Charitable Fund is now accepting grant applications from Chatham County 501(c)(3) organizations and from Chatham County Public Schools and other Chatham County non-profits. Thanks to the generosity of the Galloway Ridge residents during the 2019 fund drive, $100,000 is available to support our larger community.

The application can be accessed at the link below. Completed applications are due by 4:00 pm on October 9, 2020.

For questions regarding the application, please contact Charell Harper at charper@gallowayridge.com or 919-545-2697.

Please click here to access the online application.

Galloway Ridge Welcomes New Senior Director of Human Resources

Galloway Ridge is pleased to announce Kim Hutter as the Senior Director of Human Resources. Kim has an extensive background in both senior living and human resources. Kim spent the first part of her professional life working for a large assisted living provider. She worked for several years in Human Resources for Case Western University before joining the staff at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She served as the Director of Human Resources at the School of Pharmacy for the past ten years.  Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio as well as several professional certifications in Human Resources. She recently earned her North Carolina Assisted Living Administrator License.  As Senior Director of Human Resources, Kim will be responsible for all phases of the Employee Life Cycle which includes Recruitment, Onboarding, Employee Relations, Performance Management, Employee Recognition, Employment Law Compliance, Benefits and Compensation. Kim will work closely with the other Senior Directors and Directors to continue Galloway Ridge’s reputation of being an employer of choice. Kim has lived in Pittsboro for the past ten years with her husband, Dave, their three children ages 14, 16, and 18 and their black lab. Kim is a former member of the Chatham County Community Advisory Committee; Joint Committee on Nursing Homes; Adult Care Homes and Family Care Homes and continues to volunteer with the Chatham Council on Aging.


The Faces Behind the Masks

In a proactive step against the spread of Covid-19, Galloway Ridge staff teamed up with the Linus Quilters, as well as additional skilled sewers across the community, to create handmade fabric masks. Nearly a dozen residents rallied together (but separately) to offer their skills, as dozens and dozens of masks starting coming in. With their help, we were able to begin supplying our community with high quality (and stylish!) fabric masks in a matter of days. To ramp up production, Bob Zimmer authorized the purchase of supplies to begin additional production groups, as well as provide kits for home sewers to speed the process. A resident group began working in the Artisan Studio and many Duke Center for Living staff have joined the sewing ranks to cumulatively produce several hundred facemasks for staff and residents. We cannot thank enough our talented resident and staff sewers that continue to donate endless hours of their time to this incredibly important initiative.


Galloway Ridge Contributes to the American Red Cross

During the Galloway Ridge Blood Drive on March 10th, 39 units were collected and donated to the American Red Cross. Those 39 units have the potential of saving 117 lives!

Thank you to all who volunteered to make the drive run smoothly and thank you to everyone who was a participating donor. There were 15 Residents who volunteered and/or donated time or “goods” to the blood drive.

Special mention to Betty Westfall, who not only donates blood every year, but also donates MANY boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the Canteen for Blood Donors to enjoy after giving blood!  Marilyn Ernst and Barbara Frischel have also baked cookies for the canteen every year.

We had many residents and staff involved in this year’s drive and we look forward to hosting it again next year.


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