RiverWoods Exeter Announces Charitable Partnership with Seacoast Family Promise

RiverWoods Exeter is pleased to announce that Seacoast Family Promise has been selected as the recipient of our community's charitable partnership to culminate in a major fundraising gala at RiverWoods Exeter in October 2018!

NH's largest arboretum opens at RiverWoods Exeter

RiverWoods Exeter Arboretum - volunteer resident docent group


By Rob Levey, Seacoast Online

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EXETER — On Friday, May 12, RiverWoods residents, volunteer docents, staff and others held a celebration ceremony on the Exeter campus to formally open New Hampshire’s largest arboretum.

At the ceremony, a Kentucky Coffeetree was planted to commemorate the occasion.

Featuring more than 100 unique trees and woody shrubs, the arboretum is spread over 200 acres on the RiverWoods Exeter campus and is the result of a concerted effort by both residents and staff.

“It’s been the most rewarding work of my life,” said Dan Burbank, landscape manager at RiverWoods. “When the idea was brought up by the residents, we began the investigative process to see if it was feasible and then took it to the senior team. We realized this was a possibility.”

He said it was a possibility only because of the work that had been put into the selection of trees and woody shrubs on the property many years prior, which he said was spearheaded by several residents. Tom Adams, who has lived at RiverWoods for the past 12 years, was one of those residents. 

“There were small trees planted here and there in the beginning — there was basically dirty here,” he said. “After a year when some of the plants started to die, we thought of some unusual plants that could replace them.”

RiverWoods Exeter Arboretum Celebration

Among its many attributes, It turns out our RiverWoods Exeter Arboretum is the largest in NH! Be sure to listen to the lovely story below about our recent arboretum opening day celebration from NHPR's Todd Bookman.

You'll hear RiverWoods at Exeter's own tree whisperer, Dan Burbank, mark the occasion with the very fitting poem, "Advice From A Tree" by Ilan Shamir:

Stand tall and proud.
Go out on a limb.
Remember your roots.
Drink plenty of water.
Be content with your natural beauty.
Enjoy the view.

RiverWoods Appoints Deb Riddell Executive Director

New role created to help RiverWoods best position the community for the future

Deb_Riddell_Executive Director_RiverWoods ExeterExeter, NH, April 2017 -- RiverWoods is pleased to announce that Deb Riddell is the new Executive Director of the non-profit’s three campus continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Exeter. Riddell brings a wealth of experience from her more than 20 years in senior leadership roles within the CCRC industry in New England, including Silverstone Living in Nashua and Piper Shores in Scarborough, Maine. Riddell received her Masters degree in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St, Louis and earned her BA from the University of Iowa.

Riddell’s role as Executive Director is a newly created position at RiverWoods. Her responsibilities include managing the operations and planning for the future of the RiverWoods campuses in Exeter. Riddell will be reporting to Justine Vogel who, as President/CEO of The RiverWoods Group, RiverWoods’ parent company, will be focusing her time and talents on additional growth projects outside of Exeter.

And the award goes to...

RiverWoods Business Management Program

Awarded 2017 Innovation of the year Award

Congratulation to the RiverWoods residents and staff who were recently presented with the 2017 Innovation of the Year Award from Leading Age Maine and New Hampshire! RiverWoods Awarded Innovation of the Year Award!

RiverWoods Exeter Awarded 2017 Innovation of the Year Award

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: One challenge facing the RiverWoods senior management team is how to provide opportunities and training for RiverWoods employees, especially front-line leadership, so they can grow professionally in their careers here. Although RiverWoods has created our own host of learning programs, Justine Vogel, CEO, hit upon a radical idea; Create our own version of a business school geared toward new front-line leaders, developed and taught by RiverWoods’ residents. Not every RiverWoods’ employee has had an opportunity to take basic business management classes such as critical thinking and written communications. But the one thing that RiverWoods does have is a wealth of smart, interested adults who have an interest in giving back. 

Survey: NH Top Place to Retire to in U.S.

New Hampshire is the best state in the country in which to retire. That’s according to the financial website Bankrate.com.

Its new report gave New Hampshire high marks for overall well-being, crime and healthcare quality and tax structure.

Click here to view the story on the NHPR website.

Plan a retirement revelation

What do you envision your life after retirement?

By Cathleen Toomey, RiverWoods

Now that we have survived the holiday season, ‘tis the season for weight loss, fitness club incentives, new gym clothes and promises to work off the extra calories. The new year is a fresh start, a clean slate, so many of us resolve to do a better job at losing the holiday pounds.

A RiverWoods love story 75 years in the making

A few days before Valentine's Day, RiverWoods residents Ralph and Mary Bain celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. The Bains are certainly an inspiration for other couples- so much so that a crew from WMUR-TV stopped by RiverWoods to interview the Bains for a special story that aired on Valentine's Day. The story can be viewed from the link on our Facebook page below or by clicking here . Congratulations Ralph and Mary Bain!

RiverWoods Accepting Applications for Beneficiary of 2018 Gala Event

RiverWoods Accepting Applications for Beneficiary of 2018 Gala Event

Previous Gala Fundraising Totaled More Than $120,000 for Local Non-Profit

RiverWoods Gala Raises Record $120,000 for Society of St Vincent de Paul Exeter

Exeter – Following the record success of the 2016 Gala hosted and organized by RiverWoods, the Exeter-based non-profit organization is putting out the call to all greater Exeter area non-profits who are interested in being the next Gala recipient. In October, RiverWoods held its tenth Gala fundraiser benefitting the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Exeter, which raised a record of $120,000 in one night for the local charity. RiverWoods is now seeking applications from 501c-3 organization in the greater Exeter area who would be interested in partnering to raise money for their organization.

“After another extremely successful event we are looking forward to preparing for the 2018 Gala,” says Penny Teodorczyk, Chair of the 2016 RiverWoods Gala. “Our residents and staff enjoy the opportunity to work closely with other non-profits. We are excited to spend the following two years working closely with our next partner.”