MISSION HILLS, CA — The Board of Trustees of the Ararat Home of Los Angeles (the Home) purchased of almost 13 acres of land just west of its Mission Hills Campus. The property was purchased from the Ararat Home’s two long-time neighbors, friend of the Home and the community, Dr. Otto Klinger and Mr. Harold Sturgeon over the last five months. Although still in the early stages of design, the Home is planning to build facilities ranging from independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care facilities.
The design included beautiful park-like grounds, trails, activity center and parking for over 400 cars. Derik Ghookasian, COO of the Ararat Home said “We are excited for the opportunities this endeavor presents toward building greater capacity to meet the growing needs of the Armenian community. With this expansion, Ararat Home will become a continuing care retirement community and will be able to provide even more comprehensive care for our elderly. There are many people to thank for making this happen including the Board’s Long-Term Planning Committee, The Home’s COO, Dr. Klinger, Mr. Sturgeon, Stephen Hampar of Hampar Properties who volunteered his services, George Phillips, Jr. of Phillips Law Partners, as well as past and present Board of Trustees members”, said Michael Surmeian, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “The continued support of the Armenian Community, the Ararat Guilds and numerous Armenian organizations and the Home’s benefactors have made this purchase possible. This support has helped made this purchase possible. This support has helped secure the legacy of the Ararat home for the next 100 years. As we celebrate our 71st year, starting with just 14 residents, to today with two locations housing hundreds of residents, top notch employees and management, we can all feel proud that this work; our work, makes a meaningful difference in people’s lives,” Surmeian asserted.
Founded in 1949, Ararat Home is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-denominational organization that operates three residential care and nursing facilities on two campuses and serves as a cultural center for the Armenian community in the Los Angeles area.
The Home strives to provide high quality care in a tranquil, uniquely Armenian, home-like environment at the Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities in Mission Hills as well as the Convalescent Hospital in Eagle Rock.
The main campus in Mission Hills also includes facilities that serve the Armenian community. The George Deukmejian Center’s Grand Ballroom provides a space for community events and gatherings. Sheen Memorial Chapel is a house of worship appropriate for holding various religious services. The ethnographic Ararat-Eskijian Museum preserves the history and heritage of the Armenian people and educates the community through its collection of artwork and artifacts, a research library, and an ongoing series of scholarly presentations and cultural events.
As Ararat embarks on the new venture, the financial and moral support of the community is of utmost importance. Community members are invited to visit the beautiful campuses and get acquainted with the monumental achievements of the Home. Contributions to the Home are tax deductible and can be made by contacting the facilities.