Our ministry began over 100 years ago. In 1908, H.H. Smith offered his 20 room home on 6 lots in Smithboro, Illinois for the Methodist Conference to begin serving older adults. In addition, Mr. Smith donated $3,000 to start the home.
In order to meet the growing demand for Independent Living, The United Methodist Village's Southern Meadows was born and consisted of houses, villas, and cottages. In 1994, Southern Meadows Estates, an Independent living apartment complex, was built.
The United Methodist Village-North Campus, a beautiful 98-bed Skilled Nursing Facility, was added to our ministry in 2004. In 2010, Assisted Living joined the ministries at The United Methodist Village.
The ministry continued to grow. In 1918, a lovely home in St. Francisville, Illinois was donated to the conference to be used for the ministry. In 1925, the Lawrenceville Chamber of Commerce bought and donated a 5 acre tract of land at the present Cedar Street location. In 1926, the Conference erected the three story main section that is now known as Holden Center. God continued to bless UMV's ministry. As a result, new wings were built on each end of Holden Center in 1953. These additions provided space for 120 additional older adults.
Our ministry continued to grow. In 1967, Wesley Center was established and Dycus Center in 1974. The United Methodist Village identified the need for Memory Care in 1990. As a result, Auten Center was opened.
In 2014, The United Methodist Village was proud to announce the establishment of Pathway Rehabilitation Center. Pathway Rehabilitation Center is a state of the art Rehab-to-Home Center featuring Private Rooms, Private Dining, a Private Kitchenette, Concierge Service, and much, much more.
Today, life at The United Methodist Village provides a complete range of living opportunities and services while maintaining the vision Mr. Smith had 110 years ago when he opened the doors to his home….Ministering to Seniors!
"We are extremely proud of our Legacy that began in 1908 when Mr. Smith opened his doors in Smithsboro."
"Today, our focus is on continuing that vision by providing a 5-Star Ministry to Seniors. Each life that we are able to touch is of incredible value and worth. We are here to make you feel at home. Please let us know how we may serve you."
~ Paula McKnight,
President & CEO