Residents Make $1.65 Million Donation to the UP Home Building Project

October 10, 2017 - 11:00am

Washington, IA (October 10, 2017) – The United Presbyterian Home has recently named their new building project the “Garrett Health & Wellness Center” after receiving a $1.65 million gift from residents Dean and Shirley E. Garrett.

The couple made the donation in September 2017 to help with the construction costs of the project which is projected to cost $6.2 Million.

“We have lived at the United Presbyterian Home since Kerr Hall was built in 1995. We have enjoyed living here and are excited to support the project,” said Dean Garrett. “We know that the new services provided will enrich the UP Home and Washington Communities.”

The Garrett Health and Wellness Center is connected to the south hall of the current Health Center. This 20,000 square foot addition will house 17 private rooms on the first floor and the lower level, also known as the Wellness Center, will includes the fitness center, fitness studio, warm water therapy pool and therapy services.

 “This gift from the Garretts will help provide for the current construction project and will positively change the financial picture of other projects on our campus.  We are grateful that Dean and Shirley have chosen to support the UP Home and our vision for the future in such a generous way.” Said Erin Drahota, COO & Administrator at the United Presbyterian Home.

The United Presbyterian Home will hold their Open House and Alive After Five Event for the Garrett Health & Wellness Center on Tuesday, October 24th from 5 – 7PM.  The new facility will open to the public in January 2018.

About the United Presbyterian Home

Established in 1947, United Presbyterian Home is a locally owned and non-profit Active Aging Community that provides quality residential services, resources and information to senior adults and their families.  Our 35-acre campus located in Washington, Iowa, has a variety of living arrangements and levels of service to meet our residents’ needs and preferences.  Accommodations at the UP Home include 75cottages, 30 condominium-style apartments, 37 studio and one-bedroom apartments as well as a 52-Bed Intermediate/Skilled Nursing Facility. For more information about the UP Home, visit

**The photo of Dean & Shirley Garrett is by Walt Stutzman at Stutzman Studio in Washington, IA.**