Giving Thanks For Staff

Never has there been a more opportune time to thank the wonderful and caring staff at Kendal~Crosslands Communities.  During this past week, with the tragic events with our friends at Barclay Friends, the staff has exemplified the mission and purpose of the Kendal organization.  Here is a letter to share from our Board Clerk, Richard Wortmann.


Kendal at Longwood ✦ Crosslands ✦ Coniston ✦ Cartmel

P.O. Box 100 • Kennett Square, PA 19348 • (610) 388-1441 •

November 20, 2017


To the Kendal-Crosslands Communities –


Both personally, and on behalf of the entire Board, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the entire Kendal-Crosslands Community. I was traveling this week when I was notified of the disastrous fire at Barclay Friends – by the time I was able to communicate with Phil and explore what KCC could do to help out, I learned that we had sent staff over to help take care of residents, and we had later found space for approximately 19 residents.

I have been involved with KCC for over 13 years in various roles, now I am privileged to serve the communities as the Board Clerk. When asked why I have spent so many years volunteering with KCC I always say that KCC is a special place, a welcoming community, a large family like no other. One in which everyone, residents, families, staff, management, and board members care and look out for one another. A community not only concerned with our own lives but also the greater community in which we live. The events of last Thursday night proved without any doubt how special the Kendal-Crosslands Communities are.

Our management team and staff did not hesitate to run out to help our neighbors. Our residents opened their arms, and hearts, to the displaced residents of Barclay Friends. Our team of care givers assured families that loved ones will be cared for with the same devotion, kindness and respect they came to expect at Barclay Friends.

The long-term plans for the residents of Barclay Friends is unknown at this point. Perhaps some will stay with us, some will move to other communities, and some may even return to Barclay Friends. We will continue to hold everyone effected by this tragedy in the Light – all the residents, families, and staff of Barclay Friends.

Once again – my thanks to the entire Community for exemplifying what it means to be a part of the Kendal family.

Richard Wortmann

Clerk of the Board

Kendal-Crosslands Communities, a not-for-profit organization serving older people, is governed and operated in accordance with the principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

The Communities are members of both LeadingAge and Friends Services for the Aging.
Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands are accredited by CARF/CCAC, an international accreditation system aspiring to excellence.