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The Springs at the Waterfront: A Testament to A Culture of Promise

Published: July 8, 2024, 4:35am

The Springs at The Waterfront was created for those who want to live life to its fullest. That promise is more than a tagline. At The Springs Living – the developer, operator, and owner of this stunning next-generation community in Vancouver, Washington – it’s not just a tagline. “Living life to its fullest” is based on a simple but profound promise the company’s founder and CEO, Fee Stubblefield, made to his grandmother nearly 30 years ago.

Back in 1996, there weren’t as many options for older adults needing services. To fulfill his promise, Stubblefield created a small community in Salem, Oregon that was as warm and welcoming as his grandmother’s home. The Springs Living was born. The company still owns and operates that first community and 18 additional communities in Oregon and Montana.

When The Springs Living opens The Springs at The Waterfront later this year, it will stand as a beacon of excellence, an oasis for older adults wanting to live life to its fullest. It will pave the way for possibilities, transforming living environments that enhance the lives of older adults, not just in greater Portland and Southwest Washington but nationally.

“We have taken everything we’ve learned over three decades and poured it into The Springs at The Waterfront, from dining options to aspirational programming to LEED Certification for sustainable design. But our commitment doesn’t stop there,” Stubblefield said. “The result is more than just a beautiful environment. Through our enrichment culture, staff truly make a difference in delivering quality experiences.”

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Founder & Author Fee Stubblefield
Founder & Author Fee Stubblefield

Stubblefield shares the unique and authentic story of The Springs Living in his new book, A Culture of Promise: The True Story of a Small Company’s Quest to Transform the Senior Living Industry (Forbes Books), available on Amazon and Walmart.com. In the book, Stubblefield passionately advocates that a company’s culture plays an important role in running successful communities. Through telling his stories of family and growing up in eastern Oregon, Stubblefield explains how it all started when he promised his grandmother to move her into a place that felt like home when she needed assisted living.

To fulfill that promise, Stubblefield empowers The Springs Living community teams to do the right thing to deliver exceptional resident experiences guided by shared values of kindness, quality, innovation, trust, and pride. Many residents attest that this ethos is palpably felt in The Springs Living communities.

“The team has earned unwavering respect from the residents,” said Phyllis Rounds, a resident at The Springs at Bozeman in Montana. “No task is too small or too large, and all are accomplished in a timely manner. The staff here are efficient, capable, eager to please, and super friendly.”


Stubblefield emphasizes the importance of engagement and growth for seniors, and The Springs at The Waterfront embodies this principle. With various daily events and classes, residents have endless opportunities to engage their minds and bodies, fostering a sense of community and belonging.

“Our commitment to residents and their families ensures that these experiences will continue for generations to come,” Stubblefield said.

Known for having some of the highest quality standards in the senior living industry, The Springs Living has thought through every detail of the building design, care services, and community programming that encourages social connection and personal growth.

The Springs at The Waterfront offers various amenities catering to their physical, social, and intellectual needs. From the community’s concierge services, indoor pool, and wellness center to the spa, hair salon, and various dining venues, every detail is designed to provide an enriching experience.

Residents can enjoy the chef’s seasonally inspired menus across several venues, including a full-service dining room with a warm, brick-oven ambiance, Fancho’s Public House, summertime courtyard dining, and private dining arrangements for those special occasions with loved ones.

Keeping its values-based approach and honoring environmental sustainability and residents’ health and wellness, The Springs Living designed the Vancouver community to achieve LEED and Fitwel certifications.

Just as Stubblefield promised his grandmother that he’d provide her with a place that felt like home, The Springs Living staff fulfills that promise to residents today.

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Meet Drew Shaffer

Executive Director
The Springs at The Waterfront

Drew Shaffer

What’s your connection with Clark County?

Having called Clark County home for nearly four decades, I worked in my family’s senior living business for 18 years. I’ve been familiar with The Springs Living’s stellar reputation and values-based approach for many years, so I contacted them as soon as I learned of their plans to build a community here in Vancouver. Since being hired as the community’s executive director nearly a year ago, I’ve been preparing for our fall opening with the team.

What interested you most about leading this community?

Besides being a beautiful state-of-the-art community in the desirable waterfront
neighborhood, The Springs at The Waterfront represents our nearly 30 years of local experience, creating supportive communities that help people thrive. I’m excited to lead a team driven by serving others and empowering staff to do the right thing for residents. On my second day working with The Springs Living, I went to their annual leadership conference, and immediately, I could tell it was a rich culture built on relationships.

What can someone expect if they live at The Springs at The Waterfront?

One thing that sets The Springs at The Waterfront apart is its location on the Columbia River, which offers a vibrant atmosphere immersed in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Top that off with all that this community has to offer, including exceptional dining, aspirational amenities, and programs designed to live life to its fullest, and it makes for a pretty special place to live.

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For more information about The Springs at The Waterfront Vancouver, or to book a personalized tour, contact Senior Sales Director Candice Marcks at

(360) 696-9400
655 W Columbia Way, Suite 602,
Vancouver, WA 98660

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