About Us

Golden Years Homestead is part of Greencroft's family of nonprofit retirement communities. Our nonprofit status is a critical distinction. It means we’re driven by people, not profit. Every penny we make goes into creating a vibrant community and into the care of our people.

Our culture of kindness, family, and faith runs deep. The Golden Years community is home to over 200 residents who enjoy a full continuum of living and care options from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing.

Our values, mission and vision demonstrate just how we plan to help ease your worries, so you can feel free to live vibrantly and with great joy. 

Our CROFT values are more than just words on a page.  Our values are the framework we use to make decisions for our residents, team members and the organization.  CROFT values are a personal choice each of our team members make each day.  At any one of our communities, you will feel the difference in our culture because we choose to live these values.  We feel it and hope you do too.

United by values. Motivated by people.  

Creativity – Pursuing innovative solutions, creative ideas, and ongoing improvement.

Respect ­– Showing courtesy, kindness, grace, mercy, patience, and love for all.

Openness ­– Embracing our differences, listening to others' points of view.

Fairness – Responding with careful consideration for all.

Teamwork – Working together to create memorable experiences – making this the best place to live and work.



Golden Years Homestead exists for the purpose of meeting the physical, medical, social, financial, and spiritual needs of the elderly population. The Ministry, through the assistance of Christian directors and staff, will provide high quality care and promote the best interest of each person residing within Golden Years, regardless of race, religion, creed or the financial ability to pay for the service.


Golden Years will be the life plan community of choice in Allen County.

Our History


Luella Shaefer donated the first plot of land to the North Highlands Church of Christ with the intention of a future place for retired persons.


Golden Years opened nursing care facility of 49 beds.


Garden Apartments were completed - 13 buildings with 36 apartments.


A three-story high-rise Core Building was constructed - 44 apartments, office complex, dietary and common areas. Later converted to Assisted Living.


Golden Years expanded beyond Fort Wayne area; joined Michigan churches to develop Great Lakes Christian Homes, Holt, Michigan.


Garden Buildings (now called Villas) began construction.


Terrace Homes opened.


Great Lakes Christian Homes and Golden Years Homestead affiliated with Greencroft Communities to create the retirement community system we are today. 


Assisted Living and Core Building Renovation Project.