The Atterdag Village of Solvang was not always the sprawling 11-acre multi-level retirement facility it is today. It all began in 1948 when Paster Møller of Bethania Lutheran Church brought up the idea of building a home to care for Solvang Seniors. A local committee discussed the idea with Solvang Businesspeople and seven California-based Lutheran Churches, including Bethania Lutheran Church, who formed the Cheer Committee to set the project in motion. Bethania Lutheran Church donated six acres of land for the project which was the original site of the Atterdag College.
The Cheer Committee donated money for construction, and on June 14, 1952, the cornerstone was laid by the oldest senior citizen in Solvang, Chris Jensen, at age 92. On April 19, 1953, the Solvang Lutheran Home was dedicated and put into operation as a non-proﬁt organization.
Throughout the years, the vision has grown to include seniors of all faiths and backgrounds and prompted the name change to Atterdag Village of Solvang, loosely translated as “Another day in sunny ﬁelds.” Atterdag Village of Solvang (Atterdag Village) has four levels of care including, Independent Living Residential Apartments and Cottages, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and a 5-star Skilled Nursing Facility, including a state-of-the-art rehabilitation wing dedicated to short-term physical, occupational and speech therapy. Atterdag Village oﬀers the only skilled nursing facility within a 25-mile radius.
Atterdag Village is a true “Continuing Care Retirement Community.” Residents can move to diﬀerent levels of care as their needs increase knowing they can stay in the same familiar and loving community for life.
Atterdag Village has supported local seniors for over 72 years, provided meals for the Meals on Wheels Program in Solvang, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, and Ballard for over 50 years, provided meals to the Solvang Senior Center for over 25 years, and supported our local homebound seniors through our Atterdag at Home program established in 2016.
Atterdag Village continues to create community outreach programs to help low-income, home-bound seniors supporting the organization’s “People Who Care” tradition. In 2022, Atterdag Village created ﬁnancial grants to provide low-income seniors with housing and care expanding our mission to enhance the quality of lives of all seniors within our community.
We greatly appreciate the generosity of individuals and organizations in our community supporting our senior programs and the Endowment Fund of the Solvang Lutheran Home. With your support, we continue our mission to “Enhance the quality of lives of all seniors within our community.”