Trinity Pines and WHEDA
On any given day at the Trinity Pines Retirement Center, one might find residents sitting in the community room playing their weekly game of 500 rummy, engaging in conversation, and enjoying one another's company.
Lake Mills, Wisconsin is home to Trinity Pines ('The Pines'), a multifamily facility dedicated to senior citizens, ages 60 and older, who yearn for independence while also hoping to maintain a sense of community. The facility was the conception of the Trinity Lutheran Church and has a long history in providing affordable housing to its residents. In 1985, WHEDA became actively involved with the facility’s development. Construction of the project was officially launched in 1988 with approximately $2.4 million in WHEDA financing. More than half of the building’s units were leased or reserved before construction was even complete, and continued interest in the facility has kept its mission alive.
The community has 39 one- and two-bedroom apartment units that are accessible to all thanks to the property's stairless design. Every unit includes a full kitchen, wheelchair accessible shower, cable, Wi-Fi, and private outdoor space. A morning check-in system, through the use of lights, keeps residents safe while also allowing them the privacy and independence that they desire. The property has a sun room, library, exercise room, recreation room, billiards room, beauty salon, woodworking shop, community flower beds, a fireside lounge, and more for its residents to enjoy.
Trinity Pines is known for the health care services that it provides to residents, such as medication management, diabetic care, incontinence care, ambulatory care, and on-site hospice. The facility also has a Podiatrist and Massage Therapist on staff. Residents are given at least one nutritional meal per weekday, a home-cooked lunch, to ensure they remain healthy and strong. The Pines offers a variety of activities and programs; weekly trips to the grocery store and bank, day trips and outings, Bingo, arts and crafts classes, TV and movie nights, yoga, happy hour, live music and performances, community service opportunities, and parties which keep residents engaged with one another and ultimately result in a caring community. Residents who are able to drive have the option of keeping their car parked in the facility's lot.
Trinity Pines' continual enhancements exemplify its dedication to maintaining its original mission. WHEDA’s involvement with the center has been a mantelpiece of pride in providing housing for all populations of Wisconsin.