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History & Mission

Clark Retirement

A Legacy of Care and Compassion in West Michigan

Clark was founded in 1906 through a generous donation by Melvin and Emily Clark. We started as a home for retired Methodist ministers. Over the years, we’ve grown and evolved, but delivering compassionate care to our residents remains core to who we are.

Today, Clark is an ecumenical community, welcoming people from all walks of life and all faith backgrounds. We are a nonprofit Life Plan Community and home to nearly 500 residents. We employ over 400 people committed to serving older adults.


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.

Learn about the Clark Promise.