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Frequently Asked Questions
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  1. Why should I consider retirement at Pilgrim Place?
  2. Who can apply to Pilgrim Place?
  3. Where do new residents move from and what sort of careers did they have?
  4. When can I apply?
  5. Is there an application fee?
  6. I will be ready to retire at the end of this year. Will there be a unit available for me then?
  7. I want to retire in several years. Can I place my name on the Housing List for a future year?
  8. What is the campus and surrounding area like?
  9. What kind of housing do you offer?
  10. Would I own my home/apartment or rent?
  11. May I have a pet at Pilgrim Place?
  12. Tell me about the noon meal in the Dining Room.
  13. Does Pilgrim Place have an Annual Financial Audit?
  14. Are there hospitals nearby? And supplemental medical?

Q. Why should I consider retirement at Pilgrim Place?
A. Pilgrim Place is a licensed Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) for persons who have been called to careers in religious or charitable non-profit organizations.   At Pilgrim Place, you will find an intellectually-stimulating and spiritually-fulfilling environment in which residents continue to learn, grow, and serve others. Pilgrim Place is the ideal place for persons who want to live in a richly diverse and actively involved retirement community.

Q. Who can apply to Pilgrim Place?
A.   Before moving to Pilgrim Place, an applicant must have completed at least 15 years (or the equivalent) of full-time employment in religious or charitable non-profit organizations. Examples include commissioned or ordained missionaries, ministers, theological seminary faculty, college professors of religion, denominational executives, YMCA/YWCA staff, community organizers, and peace and justice advocates.  In your application, you will be asked to describe how the organizations for which you worked were engaged in religious or charitable non-profit work. 

Spouses/partners of applicants who meet the eligibility requirements also submit an application for residency.  A spouse/partner, even if now widowed or divorced, who shared a 15-year marriage/commitment during the service years of a qualified person is also eligible to apply.  Primary Applicants are required to move to Pilgrim Place between their 62nd and 78th birthdays.  Pilgrim Place is open to all such qualified persons regardless of gender, religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Q. Where do new residents move from and what sort of careers did they have?
A.   New residents move to Pilgrim Place from all across the country and the globe!  Many residents have had international experience as missionaries, seminary professors, and worked for social justice during their careers.

Q. When can I apply?
A. Persons may apply after completing 10 years in full-time (or the equivalent) employment in religious or charitable non-profit organizations.  Prospective residents are encouraged to apply early in their professional career; even five or ten years prior to their desired year of entrance into Pilgrim Place.

Q. Is there an application fee?
A. Yes. The non-refundable application fee is $250 per person, $500 per couple.

Q. I will be ready to retire at the end of this year. Will there be a residence available for me?
A. Prospective residents must complete an application and be granted preliminary eligibility status prior to being placed on the Housing List. Housing is offered on the basis of stated housing preferences and financial capacity.  Persons wanting to be considered for immediate housing opportunities should contact the Admissions Office to begin the application process.

Q. I want to retire in several years. Can I place my name on the Housing List for a future year?A. Yes! On your application, you will designate your desired year of entrance to Pilgrim Place. Your name will be placed on that year’s Housing List.  When housing becomes available, it is offered to persons based on their housing preferences and their financial capacity.

Q. What is the campus and surrounding area like?
A. Pilgrim Place is a 32-acre, lushly landscaped campus located in the heart of Claremont, CA. The campus features individual homes and apartments on tree-lined streets. Residents enjoy a spacious dining room, library, reading room, a full-equipped arts studio, aquatic center, exercise room, meeting rooms, and guest rooms.

The Pilgrim Place campus is within walking distance of the Claremont Colleges, Claremont School of Theology, and the Claremont "Village",” a charming set of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and movie theaters. The city of Claremont is nestled at the base of the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains, within a comfortable driving distance of beaches, hiking trails, and desert areas.  Located just 40 miles from Los Angeles, Pilgrim Place residents enjoy the cultural benefits of this thriving, international city.

Q. What kind of housing do you offer?
A. Free-standing homes, duplexes, and apartments are available within the active community of Pilgrim Place. Each unit is unique in design and floor plan, giving Pilgrim Place the feel of a residential neighborhood.  In addition, Pilgrim Place features fifty-seven assisted living apartments and a skilled nursing facility on campus.

In 2010, Pilgrim Place completed a major Campus Development Project that features 18 two-bedroom/two-bathroom independent living apartments on campus.  The new buildings are LEED-certified, and thereby held to the highest standards of energy and environmental design as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Project includes a new pedestrian walkway with native plants, Exercise Center, enhanced Dining Room, and a renovated Resident Activity Center.

Q. Would I own my home/apartment or rent?
A. Pilgrim Place residents rent their living accommodations. Rent varies depending on the square footage and amenities. (2017 Rates.  Prices are subject to change.)

Q. May I have a pet at Pilgrim Place ?
A. Yes, residents may have pets.

Q. Tell me about the noon meal in Abernethy Dining Room.
A. All independent living residents participate in a noon meal in Abernethy Dining Room.  This delicious meal includes an organic salad bar, hot entree with vegetarian option, and side dishes, beverages, and dessert. Residents are assigned seats in the dining room based on an innovative computer-generated random seating chart.  Residents love the fact that they become familiar with everyone else in the community though regularly sharing a meal and conversation.

Q. Does Pilgrim Place have an Annual Financial Audit?
A. Yes! Copies of the Annual Financial Audit are available from Pilgrim Place's CFO/Vice President for Finance and for reading in the Pilgrim Place Library.

Q. Are there hospitals near by? And supplemental medical?
A. Yes! You may want to explore Pomona Valley Hospital or San Antonio Community Hospital.  Many residents appreciate knowing about Inter Valley Health Plan.

 

For more information, please contact:

Gisele Tackoor, Director of Admissions, at 909-399-5504 or gtackoor@pilgrimplace.org.

Thank you for your interest in Pilgrim Place!

 

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