The Kendal System
Senior Living Communities and Much More
As a system of not-for-profit senior living communities, programs and services founded on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Kendal aspires to transform the experience of aging, guided by Kendal’s Values and Practices. They help ensure that Kendal’s residents and staff share the spirit of community and collaboration and the respect for each individual that flow from Quaker principles. Kendal affiliates work together within the Kendal System and with caring people outside of it to transform our culture’s view of aging and of older persons, stressing the potential for fulfillment and continuing contribution during the later stages of life.
Local Ownership and Control
The Kendal Corporation does not own its affiliates or any of their assets. The Kendal System uses a federal-type model that seeks to obtain the best of two worlds: sensitivity to local circumstances with most decision-making at a local level, plus the opportunity to benefit from being part of a larger system. Oversight of each Kendal organization is provided by a local volunteer board of directors, and residents and community members serve together on those boards
Said another way, governance of each Kendal organization is not in some corporate office removed from the people being served. Residents are informed about financial and other matters in which they have important interests. Assets are kept within local Kendal organizations throughout the Kendal System and not put at risk to fund new developments in other places.