News Release: 4/10/2019

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April 10, 2019
(Rock Island, IL) South Rock Island Township hosted their annual Town Meeting Tuesday, April 9th naming award winners for both Individual and Business of the Year.  Award recipients were nominated by the community for their work in the Township making the community a better place for everyone. 

This year’s recipient of Resident of the Year was Sheila Guse, a former Special Ed Teacher from Rock Island School District, who still substitute teaches. She is current Treasure of Black Hawk Board District; serves on Board of Rock Island County Extension, 4-H Foundation, and Kiwanis Club.  She was instrumental in getting the Kiwanis Aktion Club started for adult handicapped individuals and partners with ARC. She was the Key Club advisor at Rock Island High School for many years. She also works with Rock Island Library fundraisers.  

Friendship Manor was named as the Business of the year by South Rock Island Township for being a vital community leader. The Manor opened their doors 40 years ago and today is not only home to 300 residents, but touches an additional 500 people served daily through partnerships with Project NOW’s Meals on Wheels program.   Friendship Manor is the only Illinois Quad City faith-based retirement community offering all levels of care.

Friendship Manor has invested close to 5 million dollars in the last 5 years, into their current campus and neighborhood through a series of improvements, strategically designed to improve the neighborhood and the overall well-being of the community. They have created Friendship Place, put in a new fence and sidewalk along 21st Ave. providing a stately look and safe passage for employees, residents, neighbors and students walking to the High School. Most recently, they partnered with the City and Olivet Baptist Church and others to turn a blighted corner into a beautiful entrance way into a revitalized, hope-filled neighborhood.

‘‘Friendship Manor has made a difference for the last 40 years in our community and we are so very pleased tonight to recognize them and to say thank you for all they do in our Township,” says Grace Diaz Shirk, Supervisor of South Rock Island Township.  Diaz reports that South Rock Island Township has been around since the 1800s and is the closest form of government to the people.  Being a grass roots government, in addition to providing education to seniors and youth in a variety of ways, it also provides for persons in need. 

Friendship Manor is a faith-based, non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable Continuing Care Retirement Community founded by The International Order of The King's Daughters and Sons, Illinois Branch. For more information, call (309) 786-9667 or visit 
Julie Arndt, Director of Marketing
(309) 786-9667

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