About Clark

About Clark Retirement Community

Clark Retirement Community was founded in 1906, and for more than 100 years, has fostered a community championing dignity, compassion and respected centered on the lives of older adults and those who care for them. Clark provides a full continuum of care to residents in Grand Rapids, as well as services to people throughout the Grand Rapids community.

Clark was originally founded as a home for retired Methodist ministers, thanks to the generosity of Melvin and Emily Clark. It has grown and expanded over the years to embrace about 500 residents on two campuses, with over 400 staff. Clark is an ecumenical community, welcoming people from all walks of life and all faith backgrounds.

Mission, Vision and Values

About Clark


To create a community of dignity, compassion and respect centered on the lives of older adults and those who care for them.


To serve God by partnering with older adults in ways that add meaning and value to their lives. We will achieve a position of leadership as we strengthen our residential communities and reach beyond our walls through community partnerships, innovation and a solid financial foundation. Our hallmark will be excellent service, delivered by our valued team of excellent employees.


We value our community where …

  • Services reflect dignity, respect and compassion for residents, their families and the staff who serve them.
  • Services are resident-centered, shaped by individual need and choice.
  • Services are provided with a caring, holistic approach centered on the health of the mind, body and spirit.
  • High-quality services are provided in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • Services reflect a commitment to Christian values in the tradition of the United Methodist Church, but respect other faiths in the world.
  • Services respect cultural and ethnic differences of residents, their families and the staff who serve them.
  • Staff members bring to life the mission of Clark Retirement Community. It is through their caring and dedicated services that our residents experience true dignity, compassion and respect.
  • Staff members are also treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

The Clark Promise

When you come to Clark, you are home. We believe in forming a lifelong partnership with our residents. This partnership — the Clark Commitment — means we promise that if your funds are depleted due to longevity or illness, you’ll continue to receive the same excellent services. Regardless of unknown health issues and the cost of care, you’ll never be asked to leave Clark.

The Clark Commitment ensures that the next chapters of life’s story — however many are written — will be filled with joy, serenity and quality care.