About & History


Evenglow Lodge is a not-for-profit retirement and health care facility formed within the Illinois Great RiversAbout

Evenglow Lodge is a not-for-profit retirement and health care facility formed within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church. It is operated by a volunteer Board of Trustees as a nonprofit retirement community.

Evenglow offers a wide range of living environments and arrangements to accommodate your needs. Evenglow has three different buildings that represent different levels of care. Evenglow Lodge is our seven story building that houses our Independent and Assisted living, Evenglow Inn is our Memory Care facility and Tjardes Health Center is our rehabilitation and skilled nursing unit.


In October 1958th Evenglow’s doors opened. Evenglow began in response to an obvious need. Mrs. Ada Swords, a retired Livingston County farmer’s wife was concerned at the number of retired people she knew living alone who craved friendship and social relationships.

Mrs. Ada Swords endowment helped found a United Methodist Retirement Home that would be open to all regardless of religious denomination. Evenglow’s first home was the former Pontiac Hotel.

Growth rapidly followed; in 1960 plans were underway for the construction of the seven-story Evenglow Lodge. It was dedicated in 1963 and consisted of 89 one and two room units with a 43 bed health center of the seventh floor.

In keeping with Evenglow’s ministry, in 1984 the adjacent two-story TJardes Health Center was completed. The orginal seventh floor health center was renovated into seven independent living apartments.

In 2001, due to increasing numbers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Evenglow with the help of faithful contributors built Evenglow Inn. The Inn is a 26 bed facility with specially trained staff to care for these conditions.


Evenglow has been accredited by the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries’ EAGLE (Education Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence) program since 1991. Accreditation verifies our commitment to provide the highest quality of programs, services and facilities to our residents and their families. It also testifies to Evenglow’s financial strength, profession management and sound governance practices. Evenglow has also received The Life Services Network Seal of Confidence.