The Ashford of Beavercreek, Wallick’s Newest Senior Living Community, Featured in Dayton Magazine

“The Ashford of Beavercreek compliments adjoining senior focused communities by offering assisted living and memory care services and completing the continuum of care, allowing the senior residents of Beavercreek and surrounding areas to stay close to home near family and friends.” – Matt Loges, Regional Executive Director, Wallick Senior Living

Dayton Magazine recently featured The Ashford of Beavercreek, Wallick’s newest senior living community, in their Summer 2023 edition. Our community will offer independent living, assisted living and memory care services for seniors in a supportive and vibrant setting. The Ashford Team is thrilled to open doors in the Beavercreek and Dayton area, and we cannot wait to welcome our new residents in the coming months!

Likewise, we look forward to enriching our residents’ experience with on-and-offsite activities that revolve around genuine wellness and actively promote community-based partnerships with local organizations and businesses.

Read the full article here.

Bryan Lenzo Honored in Columbus Business First’s HR Impact Awards

Yesterday, Bryan Lenzo, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Wallick Communities, was one of 20 local human resource professionals honored at Columbus Business First’s HR Impact Awards.

We congratulate Bryan, whose incredible leadership, in tandem with the entire Wallick Human Resources team, has positively supported the development of a data-driven approach and enhanced a people-first culture.

Read about Bryan’s approach to his career and leadership here.

Wallick’s Senior Living Campus Voted Best in Toledo

We are thrilled to announce that Wallick’s senior living campus in Sylvania, OH has achieved an outstanding trifecta sweep in Mature Living News’ annual Reader’s Choice Awards!

Readers of MLiving are the judges for these awards, voting for the best of the Toledo, OH, area across various local categories.

  • Oakleaf Village of Sylvania won “Best Assisted Living Community” for its third consecutive year.
  • The Grove at Oakleaf Village of Sylvania won “Best Memory Care” for its eighth consecutive year.
  • The Crescent, our newest senior living community, won “Best Senior Living Community.”

It is because of our residents, families and amazing associates that our communities are incredible places to live and work.

We are grateful for the support and congratulate our Sylvania Team on this honor!

Alexis Dunfee Promoted to SVP of Development

Please join us in congratulating Alexis Dunfee on her promotion to Senior Vice President of Development.

Alexis has been an integral part of Wallick’s development team since 2012. Since 2018, she has led the Development Project Management Team, which has helped grow the department to a total of 18 members strong. Over the past ten years, Alexis was involved in the acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction of 2,000+ affordable homes in Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, contributing to the expansion of Wallick’s affordable housing portfolio.

As Senior Vice President, Alexis will lead all aspects of the company’s development department and continue to work closely with John Leonard, Senior Vice President of Construction.

Wallick Announces Leadership Promotions

Bryan Lenzo was promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Furthermore, Paul Koehler has become Chief Strategy and Information Officer. Please join us as we congratulate Paul and Bryan on their roles.

Paul Koehler

Mr. Koehler has been a part of Wallick’s executive team since 2014. He has led and grown our IT, marketing, human resources, and project management departments in various capacities. Once the smallest of the support groups, these teams now make up 1/3 of Wallick’s headquarters.

Paul’s mission to improve our infrastructure began early in his career at Wallick. His first matter of business was integrating Microsoft into associates’ daily work. This measure alone has connected associates at hundreds of properties across multiple states and has simplified how we communicate with each other.

Through Paul’s innovation, Wallick’s corporate office was situated for remote work well ahead of COVID-19. Without previous groundwork on our infrastructure, we would not have been able to continue as we did.

As Chief Strategy and Information Officer, Paul will continue to maintain and improve Wallick’s technological platforms. By leveraging his background in technology and engineering, Paul will work to optimize our current programs and target areas of improvement. He will also strengthen Wallick’s business analytics and artificial intelligence efforts to keep up with the ever-advancing field, so Wallick can continue making informed business decisions with real-time data.

Additionally, Paul will continue to lead and expand the IT, marketing, and project management departments to match the needs of the growing company.

Bryan Lenzo

Mr. Lenzo joined Wallick Communities in February 2020. He was an important part of the organization throughout COVID-19, supporting Wallick as it navigated an unprecedented pandemic. Bryan and HR team members created the Hero Bonus to show gratitude to our essential associates during what was considered the most challenging part of 2020.

From there, he began growing the HR department. A team that was only four members strong just two short years ago now has 20 associates that focus on recruiting, associate relations, total rewards, and learning and development.

Human Resources wasn’t the only department to experience growth. Under Bryan’s leadership, talent acquisition has recruited 2,470 people since 2020, pushing Wallick over the 1,000-associate mark this year.

However, success doesn’t end there. Bryan and his team are determined to improve the associate experience at Wallick Communities. Bryan will work directly with CEO Amy Albery to create a stable work environment that puts associate satisfaction first.

Wallick Reaches Major Milestone

Wallick Communities is now the proud employer of over 1,000 associates.  

We’ve been growing since 1966, when founder Jack Wallick formed Wallick Construction Company and took on the liabilities and abandoned contracts of a defunct contractor. From there on, Wallick began its mission to focus on an underserved population and create decent, affordable housing.

It’s 56 years later and Wallick is still in the business of changing the world for low-income families and seniors. Only now, we have further growth and accomplishments to share:

  • Developed and built 400+ communities
  • Own or manage more than 200 communities with 15,000+ apartment units
  • One of the largest green rehabs of any affordable community in U.S. history
  • Ranked first in the nation for affordable housing preservation

Not only have we had some major milestones like our Stern-Hendy merger, resulting in becoming the largest provider of affordable housing in Ohio, and expanding development into assisted living and memory care, but we have also expanded our presence. We now have communities in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.

“As we increase the amount of low-income family and senior housing, we’re able to ultimately change more people’s lives, because housing affects all aspects of a person’s life,” said CEO Amy Albery. “Our mission statement is ‘opening doors to homes, opportunities, and hope.’ I’m grateful for additional opportunities to be able to do this for more people, as Wallick continues to grow.”

Wallick’s Director of Talent Acquisition, Amanda Lovell, and her team have been a large help in accommodating this growth.

“This is an exciting time to be at Wallick,” says Lovell. “We’ve partnered across the business and with Marketing to ensure we’re able to attract the right talent through various sources and once hired, ensuring our new hires are receiving the necessary support to be engaged and successful associates.”

We are so excited for what’s to come and owe a big thank you to our associates, partners, and residents who have been on this journey with us.

Mt. Orab PD Donates Basketball Equipment to Hyde Park West

When Officer McKenzie noticed the missing backboard at Hyde Park West’s basketball court, he hatched a plan to replace it. He told Chief Hahn, Mt. Orab’s Chief of Police, who then contacted Tammy Chapin, Regional Manager, regarding the vandalized/missing backboard and rim. He explained that Mt. Orab Police Department believes it would be a great opportunity to give back to the community and to do something positive for the Hyde Park West kids.

Days later, men from Mt. Orab Police and the Street Department arrived at Hyde Park West’s basketball court to install the backboard and hoop. Afterward, the officers spent time shooting some hoops with the kids and even brought their grill along to provide hotdogs. Before leaving, the police department donated three basketballs to the community for resident use.

Management has built a strong relationship with the Mt. Orab Police Department; together, they strive to keep Hyde Park West a great place to call home!

Shoutout to Shana Cowdrey, Manager at Hyde Park West, Fair Park, and Forest Glade Apartments, who coordinated with the Mt. Orab Police Department!

Wallick Participates in Columbus Pride

The Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and March celebrated 38 years of LGBTQ Pride this past weekend with the theme “The Power of Pride.” The city was filled with rainbows and cheerful people, including Wallick associates.

Along with friends and family, associates were welcomed to join Wallick in the festivities. Wallick’s DEI+B committee hosted a tent where associates took turns talking with people and handing out Pride bracelets and pins. They also organized t-shirts for everyone to wear and banners, signs, and flags to hold while marching. Our associates were among the 13,000 marchers who showed their Pride support up and down High Street on Saturday.

For Nick Sampsel, Wallick’s Financial Analyst, Saturday was a positive and encouraging experience.

“Pride was a blast! You couldn’t help but feel good seeing everyone cheer and wear their most colorful outfits,” Nick said. “With all the craziness in the world, it was a breath of fresh air to see so many people come together to celebrate ideas of peace, love, unity, and respect. Shoutout to Wallick for being involved in the parade, the organizers that made it happen, and all the wonderful people that made it out. It was truly a special day!” 

Scot Henshaw, Business Office Manager at Oakleaf Toldeo, made the trip to Columbus to participate in Pride.

“It meant a lot to see so many supportive coworkers from different sectors come out to support Pride,” said Scot. “It made me very happy to hold up our banner and walk with a company that recognizes how much diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging mean to all our associates and those we serve. I look forward to seeing more of the work we are doing and the impact that it will have.” 

Wallick Awarded Two Tax Credit Deals

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) awarded Wallick Communities $1, 250,000 in 9% low-income housing tax credits to finance the construction of The Landings at Delta Crossing, which will provide a high-quality, safe housing option for seniors in Maumee, OH. Delta Crossing will have one and two-bedroom apartments – a total of 60 units.

OHFA awarded Wallick an additional $760,000 in tax credits to fund the rehabilitation of Greentree Apartments, a multifamily community in Cincinnati, OH with a total of 50 units with two-, three-, and four-bedroom options.

Thank you to OHFA and our partners for their unwavering support in the development of these pivotal communities.

Wallick Acquires Two Ohio Communities

Wallick recently acquired two affordable apartment communities in Ohio, Stow Kent Gardens and Overbrook Park.

Stow Kent is nestled in Stow, OH, about 45 minutes northeast of Akron. The Section 8 community has 85 apartments and serves families and seniors.

Overbrook Park resides in the city of Chillicothe, OH. The community consists of 50 two and three-bedroom townhomes, also serving families through the Section 8 program.

Not only do the acquisitions of Stow Kent Gardens and Overbrook Park expand Wallick’s Ohio portfolio, but they also expand our mission of opening doors to homes, opportunities, and hope. It’s our greatest pleasure to welcome these communities and residents to our family.

Join Wallick at Columbus Pride Festival

Wallick Communities is proud to participate in the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival & March on June 18, 2022. Come see our DEI+B Committee as they represent the company during the march and pass out water and other goods at Wallick’s sponsored tent.

FESTIVAL

Where: Goodale Park

When: June 18 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

What: With over 200 nonprofit and corporate vendors, 2 performance stages, a community wellness area, a DJ/dancing pad, and a plethora of community resources–there will be something at the festival for you.

 

MARCH

Where: Broad St. & High St. (the procession will travel north on High St. toward Goodale Park)

When: Saturday, June 18, 2022 | March Step Off at 10:30 a.m.

New Homes, Bright Outlook: Wallick Featured in Affordable Housing News

Wallick Uses Latest Technology to Connect with Seniors

Here’s a sneak peek of Wallick Senior Living’s (WSL) latest ad.

Cora Gillespie is a Memory Care Coordinator at The Ashford of Grove City. Like Cora, many of WSL’s memory care staff use innovative methods to connect residents to what interests and fulfills them.

One of those means includes piloting the state-of-the-art tool called iN2L, also known as It’s Never Too Late. iN2L is a touch-screen system that offers content-driven engagement to support social interaction, cognitive and physical exercise, and memory support. Most importantly, it serves as an avenue for caregivers and families to connect with their aging loved ones.

Catch WSL’s ad that airs on NBC4 starting May 9.

Resident Success Story: New Country, New Kitchen

When Mr. and Mrs. Roman moved to the mainland of the United States from Puerto Rico, they were excited to move into their new apartment at Batavia Village near Cincinnati, OH. After coming from so far away, they did not have one kitchen utensil or food item.

Thanks to Wendy Cappelano, the Service Coordinator at Batavia Village, the Roman family had their needs assessed on the day of their move-in. Mildred Hernandez, a leasing agent at Wallick, assisted Wendy with interpreting and helped the Romans choose items needed to establish their kitchen.

A local non-profit organization, Inter Parish Ministry, has a program called Fresh Start Kitchen. The goal of the Fresh Start Program is to provide families with the necessities to stock a kitchen with the food and supplies needed for a home.

Mr. and Mrs. Roman were able to choose pantry, freezer, refrigerated, and basic food items and essential kitchen items such as plates, bowls, glasses, baking pans, cleaning supplies, utensils, and small appliances. Now, they have a well-stocked kitchen to create healthy meals!

Saving on the initial cost of stocking a kitchen is huge, and the Romans are so appreciative of all that was given to them. They don’t know how to say thank you enough and even bring yummy food and Puerto Rican coffee to Wallick’s Batavia office!

Resident Success Story: He’s Wirth It

Highpoint’s resident, Mr. Wirth, was having difficulty taking care of himself at home due to his lack of mobility and weakness, which had unfortunately already caused several falls. He needed assistance with personal care and walking.

The property manager and service coordinator at Highpoint got a rollator to help Mr. Wirth walk and go to the grocery store, a bath chair to assist with showering, and a homemaker to help around the home.

The Homemaker Program is funded through a grant from the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support low-income elderly or disabled adults to be more independent while meeting their daily living needs such as household chores and personal care.

Thankfully, Mr. Wirth now has housing stability and can comfortably stay in his home.

Applewood Village Recognized as the Best of Newark

Applewood Village was selected as the Best of Newark Award winner in the Apartment Building category.

The Newark Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Newark area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. Those chosen by the Newark Award Program have excellent customer service, community involvement, and contribute to Newark being a great place to live, work, and play.

Newly renovated, Applewood Village offers 1-, 2-, 3- and 4- bedroom garden apartments and townhomes in Newark, OH.

Congratulations to Applewood Village and all those who help make it an award-winning place!

 

Wallick Associates Help Refugees Find Homes

In partnering with Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS) and Homeport, Wallick is proud to help house as many as 75 refugees from Afghanistan.

The first five households completed applications at Marsh Run at the beginning of January, and two brothers have already found their new home at Blacklick Crossing. This month, three families or individuals will be moving into Marsh Run in addition to three new residents at Georges Creek. Homeport owns and Wallick Communities manages Marsh Run, Blacklick Crossing, and Georges Creek.

Thank you to Homeport and our Wallick associates for making this possible!

KHC Awards Wallick 9% LIHTC Award

The Kentucky Housing Corporation announced their 2022 9% low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) Awards. Of the 33 applications submitted, only 13 applications received an award. Wallick received a 9% LIHTC reservation of $1,394,000 under the “New Supply – Urban” pool for Four Pointe Apartments. This award represents the largest tax credit award in Wallick’s history.

This community will be a new 82-unit development consisting of 18 one-bedroom, 46 two-bedroom, and 18 three-bedroom units serving families in Richmond, Kentucky. Wallick also partnered with several excellent organizations in the community, including AppHarvest, an applied technology company building some of the world’s largest high-tech indoor farms in Appalachia including a new 60-acre indoor farm currently under construction just 15 minutes from the project site, the New Opportunity School for Women, an organization that works hand-in-hand with under-resourced Appalachian women to overcome barriers, God’s Outreach of Madison County Foodbank, and the Blue Grass Community Foundation.

Wallick’s Development team would like to thank everyone who helped make the application for Four Pointe Apartments possible.

Falcon Woods Apartments Receive Community’s Choice Award

On Tuesday, May 16, Wallick Communities was delighted to attend the 2022 Community’s Choice Awards in Holland, Michigan. Falcon Woods Apartments, a Wallick community, received the Best of the Best Award in the “Apartment Complex” category. These awards were voted upon by the public and recognize the best businesses and organizations in the area.

Wallick’s incredible Community Manager, Laquesha Bailey-Smith, attended this gala and received the award.

We thank Holland Sentinel for hosting these awards – and thank you to Laquesha and the entire Falcon Woods team for your outstanding care and dedication to the residents we serve!

Wallick Closes on Fenner Ridge Apartments

In mid-2020, Wallick received Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to finance Fenner Ridge Apartments located in Hillsboro, OH.

In December, Fenner Ridge reached another milestone: its closing. Initial work at the site has begun, and construction will continue through December 2022.

Fenner Ridge is a new affordable property for families in Highland County. The community will include 56 units in three walk-up buildings and offer one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.