Frequently Asked Questions
ACV is a unique, comprehensive retirement community, offering a continuum of care and diverse housing options. It is a community offering an elaborate network of social, recreational and medical services. There are no entrance fees required to become a member of Advent Christian Village.
ACV is located in north-central Florida, roughly equidistant from Tallahassee, Jacksonville and Gainesville, Florida, and Valdosta, Georgia. The Village is nestled along a bend in the famed Suwannee River, on 1,200 breath-taking acres of woodlands and scenic landscapes. A total of nine miles of hiking trails, with a three-mile trail bordering the river, offers nature lovers an ideal setting for exploration and recreation.
Advent Christian Village was founded in 1913; it is the first retirement community in Florida. It was founded by — and maintains close ties with — the Advent Christian denomination (a member of the National Association of Evangelicals); however, ACV considers and admits applicants without regard to religion. All are welcome, and individuals from 18 different denominations are represented among the regular worshippers each Sunday at The Village Church.
ACV is made up of over 700 members. The Village is the second largest private employer in Suwannee County, with more than 475 employees. It is large enough to have ample opportunities for making friends, yet small enough to maintain a warm, hometown atmosphere.
ACV was originally founded as an orphanage and home for retired pastors and missionaries. The mission of ACV remains in keeping with the spirit of its founding: To express Christ’s love by providing compassionate care and quality comprehensive services for senior adults, families with special needs, and children, in a secure, supportive residential setting and in the surrounding communities.
Ministry remains the focus of all that is done at ACV. Entrance fees are never charged so that the community and all that it offers are available to virtually anyone. Every effort is made to keep other rates affordable. In addition, many ACV services are available to the general public.
Membership includes the use of the Copeland Community Center (a complete wellness and fitness center), on-campus shuttle bus transportation, a weekly Village newspaper, case management through the Social Services department, and access to the vast array of Village activities, amenities and services. Members receive discounts on other Village amenities, such as the annual Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series, meals in Rumph Dining Room, special events and shopping or sightseeing trips to surrounding areas. On-campus Village members are able to enjoy broadcasts of TV2—ACV's own TV station; also included is lawn service, peace of mind through an emergency call system in each dwelling, certified first responders, telephone reassurance, a certified volunteer fire department and much more.
The W.B. Copeland Medical Center is a state-of-the-art medical facility housing a medical clinic, a pharmacy, an outpatient rehab center, and a dental office. Our on-staff physician (who lives on campus) and two nurse practitioners take medical appointments Monday through Friday. After hours, certified first responders are on call to respond to medical emergencies. An additional benefit is a county fire and EMS station, located right on campus.
Also available to members is ACV Home Care, a licensed and Medicare/Medicaid-certified home care agency, providing skilled nursing care and personal care to members in their homes. Home Care Agency License # HHA29991013.
Specialists, such as a dermatologist, cardiologist, audiologist, nephrologist and podiatrist, come to the clinic on a regular basis to see patients. To visit off-campus specialists or for other non-emergency medical trips, ACV offers medical transportation to and from medical facilities in surrounding cities.
Village Living Options
For those living independently, more than 300 rental options include one and two bedroom apartments and efficiencies. Styles include mid-rise apartment buildings, garden apartments, clusters, duplexes and single-dwelling homes. The community also offers a neighborhood for manufactured homes.
A unique feature to Advent Christian Village is the River Woods subdivision, a 55+ home ownership neighborhood. Deed restrictions protect the value of your investment. Basic yard care, refuse pickup, and other services are provided through the River Woods Homeowners Association. All ACV services are available to the residents of River Woods.
ACV's continuum of care features Dacier Manor and Good Samaritan Center, to which members are given priority admission. Dacier Manor is a 40-room assisted living option offering round-the-clock supervision and assistance. Services include three meals daily, activities, housekeeping, personal care, and medication supervision. Assisted Living Facility #7641. Good Samaritan Center is a 161-bed skilled nursing community, with 24-hour nursing care, rehabilitation services and activities to keep its residents functioning at their highest level. One wing of Good Samaritan Center specializes in memory care.
Amenities & Leisure Opportunities
Advent Christian Village is a self-contained community, with the Village Square offering a grocery store, a bank, a post office, a beauty salon, professional offices, a barber shop, a thrift store, two unique gift shops and a café. For the convenience of members, the community shuttle bus makes daytime hourly stops throughout the campus.
Weekly shopping trips transport members to a variety of area stores. More distant trips are offered once a month or so, taking members to shopping malls and special events in larger cities.
ACV Dining Services serves the community at three public dining venues as well as at Good Samaritan Center and Dacier Manor. Community banquets and gatherings most often take place at Rumph Dining Room in Phillips Center, at the heart of the Village.
Among the many activities available are woodworking, art classes, ceramics, tennis, lapidary (cutting and polishing stones), fishing, bridge, Zumba, swimming, pickle ball, water volleyball, aerobics, hiking, biking, billiards, book clubs, nearby golfing, Village forums, Bible studies, shopping trips, nature walks, and movie matinees. These, as well as a myriad of opportunities for volunteering, are representative of the many occasions for friendship, recreation and personal growth.
The annual Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series brings a variety of quality arts performances to Dowling Park. Among past featured performances are the Jacksonville Symphony and the US Marine Corp Band.
Copeland Community Center is the wellness hub of activity with its state-of-the-art exercise room, heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi, game rooms and an array of classes and support groups promoting wellness. An experienced professional staff stands ready to assist members with an exercise regime that is right for their goals and physical abilities.
A vital part of the community is The Village Church, which blends traditional and contemporary worship, and is a mosaic of Bible-believing Christians from many backgrounds. The church features a 50-voice chancel choir, vocal groups, handbell choirs, youth and children’s choirs, drama and intergenerational programs. A team of five pastors works together to meet the spiritual needs of the community. The church serves families and children from the neighboring community as well. A Youth Pastor leads middle and high school students in spiritual exploration and growth through a variety of educational opportunities and fun activities.
Yes, the Village Lodge, located in the Village Square, has 25 beautifully appointed guest rooms ready to welcome visitors. It offers a peaceful setting, with many rooms overlooking the historic Suwannee River.
ACV Conference and Retreat Center offers not only the Village Lodge, but also unique guest cottages, perfect for family reunions or small group retreats; cozy lodges at Camp Suwannee; conference & meeting rooms; and full hook-up RV accommodations at Tresca Park for guests of ACV members. It is the perfect site for group retreats and conferences. The Conference & Retreat Center serves families, businesses, church groups and reunions. Catering is available. Call for prices and availability.
Camp Suwannee, a rustic year-round camp, has a sleeping capacity of 165 people. Guest groups often rent the camp for their own events. Facilities include four air-conditioned lodges, a cafeteria, a gymnasium/all-purpose building, and access to an outdoor swimming pool, ball fields, primitive tenting sites, canoeing, kayaking and other amenities of the Village. The secluded, natural setting is a wonderful backdrop for groups to get away and reconnect with what is truly important.