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See the latest happenings at our Denver retirement community.

Wind Crest's Dr. H. William Koch Secretly Worked on Manhattan Project's Atomic Bombs That Ended World War II

Jul 18, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (July 18, 2016) -- Dr. H. William Koch, a physicist who lives at Wind Crest retirement community, secretly worked on the Manhattan Project that resulted in production of the atom bombs dropped in August 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He remembers those days as if it were yesterday.

On August 6, 1945 an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately...

$33.2 Million Construction Begins on New 99-Apartment Home Building at Wind Crest

Jun 7, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (June 6, 2016) -- Construction has begun on Longs Ridge, the fourth new residence building in three years at Wind Crest retirement community nestled against the Rocky Mountains in Highlands Ranch, CO. This 99-apartment home building – a project costing $33.2 million -- will open in early summer 2017.

As part of Wind Crest’s second neighborhood, Longs Ridge will have a mix of one- and two-bedroom floor plans. It will also add a mix of amenities to Wind Crest. “This...

Wind Crest Concierge Debbie Brewer Binkley Publishes Her First Children's Book

Jun 6, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (June 6, 2016) – Debbie Brewer Binkley, a concierge at Wind Crest retirement community who lives in Highlands Ranch, has published her first children’s book, "Brown Paper and a Piece of String.” It is a story set in the 1930’s on a family farm in East Texas where Frankie realizes the true gift of Christmas.

This story was inspired by a message preached by the author's father, Dr. Fred V. Brewer. He preached this message somewhere, every Christmas, from 1955...

Wind Crest Residents Raise $128,522 to Help Their Student Scholars Attend College

May 23, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (May 23, 2016) – Wind Crest retirement community this week celebrated its 29 Student Scholars at an Awards Ceremony. The student workers earned four-year collegiate scholarships from the $128,522 raised by residents.

In the previous eight years, the Wind Crest Scholars Program has raised $556,321 assisting 123 students to advance their collegiate careers.

This year’s student scholarship recipients are:

Jordan Arnell-ThunderRidge High...

Wind Crest Employee Salsa Showdown Celebrates Cinco de Mayo Day

May 11, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO – Nearly 100 Wind Crest retirement community employees May 5 participated in a Salsa Showdown as part of their Cinco de Mayo Day celebration. The Erickson Living Values Team sponsored the event in the Town Center Clubhouse’s Fireside Restaurant..

Mia Baca, Catering Events Coordinator, won for having the “Hottest Salsa.” Renae Staley, Director of Nursing for Mill Vista Lodge, took top prize for having the “Most Creative Salsa.” Martha Dance, General Services Project Manager,...

Wind Crest's Dining Program Always Strives for Excellence

Apr 12, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (April 12, 12016) -- Hilary Henz knows a thing or two about menu planning. He and his wife Barbara owned and operated a continental restaurant specializing in Swiss cuisine, Chalet Lucerne in Winter Park, CO, for 21 years.

Since moving to Wind Crest, Hilary has lent his experience as a member of the five-member menu planning committee, a relatively new effort by dining services to enhance the dining experience for the community’s residents.


Philanthropy/Volunteering Fulfill Inner Needs for Wind Crest Residents and Staff

Mar 1, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (March 1, 2016) -- Charitable giving in the United States hit a record high in 2014, according to the National Philanthropic Trust. Americans gave $358.38 billion that year—a 7.1% increase over 2013. Additionally, 2014 marked the fifth year in a row that giving increased.

It’s no surprise, then, that Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, CO., recently hired a philanthropy coordinator to support its very generous residents and staff.


Wind Crest Women's Club's Community Outreach is Vast

Feb 23, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (February 23, 20126) -- The Wind Crest retirement community Women's Club knitted and donated 312 hats last year for young cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at The Children’s Hospital.

The club also knitted hats for newborns at Littleton Adventist Hospital and donated knitted scarves to the Denver Rescue Mission.

The vast majority of knitting, crocheting, sewing, and other craft projects are done by club members on their own time...

Wind Crest Residents/Staff Spell "Omaha," Cheer Broncos Onto Super Bowl Victory

Feb 5, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (February 4, 2016) -- Residents and staff of Wind Crest retirement community today turned their Rocky Mountains locale into a virtual sea of orange as they cheered their beloved Denver Broncos onto a Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers.

They held large letters at a campus pep rally that spelled "Omaha" to thank Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his teammates for an outstanding championship season.

They plan to hold a post-Super Bowl celebration....

Jack Stevens' Bas Relief of Running Horses is Alluring at Wind Crest

Jan 12, 2016

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (January 12, 2016) – Wind Crest resident Jack Stevens’ interest in woodcarving has led him down many paths including carving-in-the-round, whittling, marquetry, inlay, and bas relief now on exhibit at the retirement community nestled against the Rocky Mountains.

His running horse relief was inspired by an old photo in a National Geographic magazine of horses running in the ocean surf in France. It is displayed in alluring fashion, where residents, staff and visitors marvel at its intricacy.

The original running horse carving was 40 percent larger than the...