The father of Fairhaven was Rev. Dr. Jess H. Norenberg. He, among
others, took up the vision of a home for the aging while serving as the
superintendent of the Wisconsin Congregational Conference, later to
become the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Through his efforts and talents, Fairhaven became what it is today.
In 1962, five residents moved into a newly constructed apartment
building in Whitewater that was designed for seniors. The vision of its
founders was residency, not institutionalism, with residents coming
and going as they choose and free from the burdens of home ownership
and maintenance. Over the years various additional services were added - housekeeping, laundry, food service and nursing services.
In those early years, the idea of having all levels of care under
one roof, now known as a continuum of care, was new to senior
housing. Fairhaven has been a leader in this concept and
continues to grow and provide even more services for its residents.
Over our short 50+ years of existence, Fairhaven has added
Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Assisted Living and Supportive
offered. Fairhaven also recognized the need for housing that would give specialized care to those with memory impairments.
Hearthstone was added with a design specifically addressing those with memory loss and staffed to accommodate and care for those residents.
The most recent addition to Fairhaven is a community of patio homes for those 55 and older. Prairie Village residents enjoy an independent lifestyle while knowing that they have access to the amenities of Fairhaven and to the care levels there if the need arises.