The Northcrest Story
It was long recognized that a major need existed in Ames for quality housing specifically designed for older adults and that such housing should be incorporated in a total project with programs and services geared to the particular needs and interests of older adults. It was quite appropriate that among the first to give substance to the early dreams of such a project should be the Golden Age Cooperative Board, which linked together service clubs and agencies serving senior citizens in the Ames area. The Mid-American Baptist Churches also worked with the Ames residents in securing sponsorship for the project.
Northcrest was incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in June, 1962. The first residents moved into the community on December 1, 1965. Since its founding, Northcrest has undergone numerous construction stages to form the present community. The Corporation owns and operates Northcrest Community.
Northcrest Community's 27-acre site is nestled in an established Ames neighborhood close to shopping, churches and Iowa State University activities. Northcrest has 42 townhomes, 116 apartments, a 24-bed licensed Health Center, and a state-of-the-art 14-bed Alzheimer's and dementia unit called Heartwood House.
As soon as you arrive, you'll feel the difference at Northcrest; a sense of a vibrant, engaging community for those who embrace this special time in their lives. You will get the feeling of belonging with a close-knit community of friends and neighbors. You will feel welcomed. You will feel at home.