15 Dec It’s A Historic Tale
Just how did Heritage Pointe of Warren come to be?
Many of you remember us as “The Warren Home,” and always will. But, how did we get where we are today?
In the year 1907, William and Ruth Chopson gifted both money and 200 acres of farmland to start the United Methodist Memorial Home. We welcomed our first residents in 1910 with just 37 rooms.
But, who exactly were William and Ruth Chopson? According to Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, p. 496-501:
“Standing in the forefront of the twentieth century, after a life spent in the service of their Master, this worthy couple hold the confidence and respect of the entire community as few others do, the great pulsations of the heart-throbs of those who have striven and possibly failed finding here a sympathy that takes away much of the sting and pain, trust in God and faith in man having ever characterized them in every emergency in life.”
As a young man, William was passionate about education and started a school in Warren, Indiana and later in Grant County, Indiana – after marrying Ruth Swaim. They also began a general store in Warren. Being unable to bear children, they are said to have “allowed no opportunity to pass to care for the least of these.”
When the Chopsons decided to give money and land in order to establish the United Methodist Memorial Home, it was said to be “The Home for Aged Methodists.” (Huntington Co, Indiana, 1993). Jacob Click of Rock Creek Township, a bachelor of about 50 years old, was the first member to be accepted.
Over the next two decades, two more wings were built and nearly 70 more rooms added. In 1937 the Board of Trustees hired Dr. & Mrs. D.C. Souder to lead the Home. Philip Souder took over in 1967 and faithfully led the organization until 1996. In 1976 David Souder was hired as associate administrator.
Heritage Pointe Communities, which has campuses in Warren, Huntington and Fort Wayne, is governed by a Board of Trustees and led by David Souder, CEO/Administrator.
The legacy of this family is twofold: faith and integrity. And, this is the legacy we continue to leave. At Heritage Pointe of Warren, we now have 174 residential/assisted living apartments; 183 healthcare rooms which include 16 specialized rehabilitation suites; 70 towne homes; and 61 villas.
Our residents enjoy cafeterias, beauty salons, a rehabilitation gym, heated indoor swimming pool, craft and hobby rooms, family-gathering rooms, a woodshop and so much more. We’ve been blessed, indeed!