Diversity and individuality are celebrated traits among Victory Centre of Vernon Hills residents. Here residents with different religious and cultural backgrounds share each other’s customs, talents, and passions to create richer and fuller life experiences. They gather for fun and fellowship in the community’s living and dining rooms and library and also enjoy outdoor amenities such as a walking path to nearby Aspen Library, a gazebo and a Victory garden.
Residents Running the Show
Victory Centre Residents play an active role in shaping the community
Therese chose to move into Victory Centre because of her desire to stay active and give back. Her wish was answered when she was invited to participate in a Yoga certification program. Now you can find Therese teaching the yoga class at Victory Centre twice a week. Also stepping up to lead the charge are residents who manage the book club, run the community’s country store, teach knitting classes, run nightly penny poker games and serve on a welcoming committee.
Whether discovering a hidden artistic gift or a new favorite museum, fresh experiences await.
In ArtParth programs, residents create paintings, drawings and sculptures. An annual art exhibit for residents, family and the community showcases their fine talent. Others march to a different beat and express their creativity in drumming circles. Lifelong learning programs, computer classes, Wii bowling, yoga and laughter yoga are other options for staying active and engaged.
Residents get the chance to expand their horizons on outings to destinations such as the Marriot Theater, Didier Farm, Jelly Belly factory, and Milwaukee. They also enjoy an annual invitation to participate in horseback riding or day or overnight camping with Camp VIVA!
The Spice of Life
Food is central to celebrations at Victory Centre!
Victory Centre residents represent many faiths including Jewish, Protestant and Catholic. They celebrate and often share parts of their religious traditions with each other. During Chanukah, for example, Lillian and her daughters demonstrate how to make potato latkes and other residents enjoy making fried Matza.
One of the most popular programs is cooking with our chef. Chef David demonstrates multi-cultural dishes that coincide with the monthly VIVA! World Travel program. He focuses on healthy recipes that can also be made in microwave ovens, since most residents have one in their apartments. Also popular are the taste-testing happy hours, where residents sample a variety of tasty hors devours.
In the summer, fresh herbs and vegetables that the residents grow in the community’s Victory garden inspire many of the recipes. With the help of local school children, they also harvest pumpkins in the garden to use for the annual fall festival.