Meadowbrook's story begins with a Georgia resident - Ms. Sarah Hodge. Ms. Hodge was a frequent summer visitor to Norfolk and a staunch member of Norfolk's Congregational Church. When Ms. Hodge passed away in 1970, she left the church $3,000 and instructions that the money be used to help fund housing for Norfolk's senior citizens.
The Congregational minister, Bruce Anderson (new at the time), immediately established a search committee, inviting the Church of the Transfiguration and the Church of the Immaculate Conception to join in the important work of bringing affordable housing for seniors to Norfolk.
The search committee quickly acquired a piece of property, formerly the Norfolk Center School site, and hired an architect. With the assistance of the Federal Housing Authority and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the old school was demolished and new construction got underway.
In 1972, Meadowbrook became a reality. All three of the founding church congregations continue to be represented on the Norfolk Senior Housing Corporation board.
Today, the complex has 28 apartments: 7 studio, 18 one-bedroom, and 3 two-bedroom units (11 of them are HUD subsidized). There are sample amenities, including a dining room that can serve 34 and a peaceful library nook on the second floor. Benches, chairs, rockers and a lovely gazebo decorate the lawn, inviting tenants and guests alike. An active social program, managed by the residents, meets diverse interests.
In recent years, Meadowbrook has been the beneficiary of two Small Cities Grants totaling more than $1,000,000. These grants have enabled major renovations and truly made Meadowbook a state-of-the art retirement facility that remains affordable for its residents.
Today, Meadowbrook is an outstanding example of a vibrant living environment that fulfills the needs and expectations of its senior residents. Norfolk is rightly proud of it.
Norfolk lies nestled in the Litchfield hills of northwest Connecticut, among the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. Meadowbrook, at 9 Shepard Road, is located just off Route 44. It offers a lovely, quiet environment with the village center just a five-minute walk away, and the Catholic Church less than 100 feet from the back door. It sits on more than ten acres of rolling land, and truly boasts both a meadow and a brook.