The Square

News and perspectives from Covia.

Covia again certified a Great Place to Work

For the third consecutive year, Covia has been certified a Great Place to Work™, based on results from the Trust Index survey administered to all of Covia’s employees. In addition to being certified as an organization, 12 of Covia’s communities and programs also certified on their own. Overall, 83 percent of Covia’s employees say that…

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COVID-19: A personal experience

Watch our video interview with Jerry here. Jerry Brown, Covia’s Senior Director of Affordable Housing, has no idea how he got exposed to COVID-19. “Between March 12 and June 28, I probably saw less than 20 people total the whole time,” he says. Nevertheless, on June 28th, “I got a really bad upset stomach. I…

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Fitch affirms Covia Communities A- rating

On July 31, Fitch Ratings announced that Covia once again has been given an A- rating with a stable outlook. Covia first received an A- rating in 2017. Covia benefits from its diverse operating profile, high occupancy rate, and favorable debt position. According to Fitch’s report, “Along with a sophisticated and centralized management structure, the…

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Crafting a Legacy

Throughout the recent challenging times, the strength of resilient community and caring connections with one another have never been more apparent. For more than 50 years, members of the Covia Foundation Heritage Society have helped to build the foundation of that resiliency. Heritage Society members pledge a future gift to Covia Foundation to help support…

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Home Match Creates Affordable Housing Solutions While Sheltering-in-Place

As we continue to shelter-in-place, Covia Community Service programs have found new ways to support their participants’ safety and well-being. For the Home Match program, staff have created new safety-informed initiatives and resource guides to support participants, sent care packages to ongoing matches, and developed digital initiatives to better reach people online. For ongoing matches,…

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Sheltering in Place – Adapting to a New Way of Life

Community life at Covia shifted with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and implementation of the shelter-in-place orders — residents, staff, and program participants found new ways to stay connected. Group activities and communal dining were put on hold while residents stayed safer at home, but resident resiliency and staff dedication quickly allowed for new…

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Value of Virtual Connection

Over a decade ago, long before COVID-19 would drastically alter our world, Covia developed a resource to promote social engagement among older adults and combat loneliness and social isolation. That program, Well Connected, is now a nationwide social connection and lifelong learning program that is free and open to all older adults — not just…

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Leadership at All Levels

Leadership at All Levels

As the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic set in, the healthcare staff at each Life Plan Community and at Support Services rose to the occasion and continued to do what they do best: provide excellent care to our residents. Covia has always had strong health care delivery and infection control procedures, but the pandemic has…

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The Importance of Ice Cream

“Ice cream has always been a big deal at Canterbury Woods,” says Robert Kershner, Director of Dining Services at Canterbury Woods in Pacific Grove. In 2019, Kershner reports that Canterbury Woods bought over 1200 gallons of ice cream – serving about 5 gallons daily. “When we were restricted to our homes during the first stages of…

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