FTJ Annual Report – Celebrating 2019

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Building On Our Legacy

2019 was a remarkable year of accomplishments, perseverance, and a community that affirmed our mission. As we proudly commemorated our 95th anniversary as a leader in senior living, we celebrated the culmination of a multi-year vision and the successful completion of our campus expansion.

We wrapped up our first Capital Campaign, Historic Past ~ Innovative Future, which successfully raised over $2.5 million dollars for the new and much anticipated Care Center. This achievement would not have been possible without the leadership of a dedicated Capital Campaign Committee. Together with residents, Board Members, foundations, staff and businesses, a supportive community ensured this project came to fruition.

On a memorable day in July 2019, the ribbon was cut, opening the doors to a new standard for long-term skilled nursing and memory care. This beautiful new building was planned and designed to provide dignity, innovative care and peace of mind – a tranquil, home-like environment we want for our residents, our families, our loved ones, and ourselves.

On that same day in July and a few doors down on our campus, the modern and spacious Bristol View Apartments also enjoyed its grand opening. Tours were held  to view our newest addition to independent living, offering even more options for today’s active senior life.

2019 was filled with a heartfelt sense of teamwork as we smoothly transitioned current and new Skilled Nursing and Memory Care residents to the new Care Center. With the new expansion of 28 memory care rooms, we quickly filled 23 of them. Our deep gratitude goes to all the families who moved their loved ones so efficiently, and our resident ambassadors and staff members who welcomed and assisted on moving day. The adjustment to new surroundings was made easier and more comfortable for everyone during this monumental undertaking. 

We ended 2019 with an additional honor for Franke Tobey Jones. Pierce County Human Services recognized the Pt. Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center at their annual Recognition Luncheon with an Aging and Disability Award for community service, outreach and service to Pierce County residents and hosting the LGBTQ community.

Franke Tobey Jones will always be more than beautiful buildings. We are a home and a family. As our population ages and the demand for long-term senior and memory care increases, we strive to be at the forefront of meeting those needs. We extend our deepest appreciation for your commitment to quality senior living for generations to come.

Judy Dunn, President and CEO

Exceptional Lifestyle – Bristol View

We welcomed Bristol View as another sophisticated addition to independent senior living on the Franke Tobey Jones campus.

Ranging from 1,306 to 1,575 square feet, Bristol View’s elegant two-bedroom, two-bathroom                     apartments offer modern floor plans with spacious living and dining rooms, gas fireplaces, balconies and scenic views of Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier or the historic campus and Tudor-style buildings. While remaining independent, residents can enjoy all the benefits FTJ offers including the occasional deer wandering in our spacious gardens!

Living With Purpose – A Way of Life

We fulfill our Team Member Promise to make every day meaningful for our residents, our colleagues and the senior community.  We offer a diverse and unique array of entertaining, educational and fun programs and activities both on and off campus. By staying active our lives are enriched, helping us to stay connected with our family, friends and loved ones.

Making An Impact – Together

As a 501(c) 3 non-profit, Franke Tobey Jones and its team members continue to honor its founder through our mission “To enrich and extend the quality of life for seniors in our community.”  Generous donors are an integral part of sustaining a fulfilling environment with programs and activities that maintain physical and mental well-being, both on campus and in the South Sound.

Senior University 

We are proud to partner with local universities, museums, lecturers, arts organizations, and businesses to elevate the learning experience. In 2019, Franke Tobey Jones served almost 500 seniors, offering over 400 educational and cultural classes. 


Open to residents and the community, the Wellness/Fitness Center held nearly 1,800 classes and encouraged over 550 participants to stay strong and healthy.

Senior Center

As a gathering place for participants 55 and older, over 2,500 community members enjoyed senior wellness programs, educational classes, exercise and dance classes, and so much more.  Nearly 6,200 on-site nutritious meals were served.

Charitable Subsidy

In 2019, Franke Tobey Jones distributed almost $400,000 in subsidies to residents who have outlived their resources through no fault of their own, ensuring they have a home at FTJ.

Where Need is Greatest

These vital contributions allow FTJ to distribute unrestricted funds to enhance the senior community and meet unforeseen charitable needs.

Casual for a Cause

Each month FTJ employees open their hearts and wallets to make our community and world a better place.  As part of our commitment to community outreach, FTJ matches the employee contributions.

Employee Scholarships

Life-changing contributions to our Employee Scholarship Fund ease the financial burden of further education and help our colleagues achieve academic and professional goals.

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