History & Mission

Kendal at Longwood entrance

 Over 45 Years of Growth in Response to Need

Kendal is a leading, not-for-profit provider of communities, programs, and services that advocates for and empowers older adults to achieve their full potential. With a history of groundbreaking leadership and proven expertise in the field, Kendal lives its values to continue to transform the experience of aging.

In 1970, a committee of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) gave a grant of $300,000 to a local group for the study of the possible development of a retirement community in Chester County, Pa. In 1971, ground was broken for Kendal at Longwood, the first Kendal community.

In the 45+ years since then, in response to the needs of other local groups, Kendal has developed and opened three more communities in Chester County, Pa., as well as communities in Hanover, N.H.; Oberlin and Granville, Ohio; Ithaca and Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; and Lexington, Va.

With the affiliation of Barclay Friends in West Chester, Pa., Lathrop Communities in Western Massachusetts, The Admiral at the Lake on Chicago’s lakefront, Collington in metro Washington, D.C., and Chandler Hall in Bucks County, Pa., Kendal continues to respond to the call to broaden its service.

“Excellence is a habit. We choose and prize and act upon our beliefs. Over time they achieve consistency through repetition,” Bill Rogers, a Kendal Corporation board member, has said. “We at Kendal have deep roots that sustain us, fundamental values and relationships that animate and drive our work.”

Kendal will continue to integrate service, learning, and research. We will continue to evolve to meet the expectations and needs of the wider society. In all our efforts, we will continue to draw strength and wisdom from our Quaker-inspired Values and Practices  to help us meet the needs of each individual we serve and each individual with whom we work.

Click here to see Kendal’s current Annual Report.

Click here to see the most recent Form 990 for The Kendal Corporation.

Click here to see the most recent Form 990 for Kendal New York.