A Caring History

Since 1951, Shady Lane has excelled at providing the highest level of care to the residents of the Manitowoc community. We reserve our accommodations primarily for the residents of Manitowoc County because that’s what we do- take care of the needs of this community first. We make every effort to meet the physical, spiritual, and social needs of all our residents. Over the years, our reputation for the upmost quality care available has been based on our committed, well trained staff that provides care twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
It all began in 1950, when a group of community leaders saw a need for a not-for-profit senior living facility based on sound principles and value. That philosophy continues today with our board of local visionary leaders who oversee our operations. Offering excellent care and a variety of affordable senior living accommodations, is the primary guiding principle in every decision.
Our board of directors saw a new approach to senior living services arise. After thorough research, we opened our Assisted Living in April 1999. In 2015, remaining true to our founders’ vision, the board explored changes in our senior living services to support the community’s needs. Ground broke in 2016 for a thirty-six-unit building, half devoted to assisted living, and half devoted to a rehabilitation unit.
Shady Lane has the advantage of being Manitowoc’s only private citizen-directed, not-for-profit senior living facility. Our fifteen-member volunteer board believes that our community deserves a well-managed, affordable senior living facility, not funded by tax dollars, not directed by stockholders, but through good management and community support. Being not-for-profit affects the quality of care with any profits going right back into the facility, making it a better place and a better value. We strive to offer excellent care, a variety of prices, and affordable senior living accommodations.

Oral History Project

In 2011, Shady Lane launched an oral history project believing that our residents are treasures of cultural information. While many read history, our residents lived history and we find the stories they tell about growing up in the depression, living through wars, working in the ship yards, and being Rosie the Riveters, are valuable in establishing a sense of place. They have worked with students, offering stories of real history, they have worked with the Friends of the Manitowoc River to tell the story of the river, students at UW-Manitowoc Center, and in 2011, this project was part of the Wisconsin Oral History Conference. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the story of our community. It is a generous gift that lives on.