About Us

The Story of Sunrise

Historic Sunrise ManorThe story of Sunrise began with a cornerstone ceremony held in fall of 1960. Known then as the Martin Luther Home, we were a nonprofit organization founded to provide “specialized housing” to seniors and physically challenged individuals. Business and church leaders sought community-wide support – receiving especially strong backing from the area’s Lutheran churches. These visionaries established Sunrise on a sprawling hill with room to grow. And grow it did! Senior nursing care was soon added, and the facility was renamed Sunrise Manor.

Over the years, services steadily expanded. Sunrise Manor strategically evolved into Sunrise Retirement Community – a nonprofit, comprehensive residential living community that provided a variety of senior living choices for members of the Siouxland community. The independent cottages of Sunrise Hills were built. Assisted living options were introduced. Innovative memory care centers were introduced, as Sunrise was a pioneer in memory care. Single homes were developed. Most recently, Sunrise unveiled The Pointe at Sunrise – a 62-home apartment neighborhood that is the first of its kind in eastern Sioux City.

On June 28, 2012, Sunrise moved their residents and belongings into a new state-of-the-art health center for nursing and assisted living, replacing the old “Manor” which served Siouxland seniors for over 50 years.

Sunrise Timeline

Historic Sign1960 Cornerstone ceremony celebrates the construction of Sunrise.
1961 Sunrise officially opens as Martin Luther Home.
1968 Sunrise Hills open independent homes at Sunrise.
1985 Maple Heights opens with independent subsidized apartments.
1987 Sunrise expands nursing services and adds a new dining room.
1992 Sunlight Center opens, a first-of-its-kind memory care neighborhood.
1995 John R. Gerwulf Community Center is completed.
1996 Sunrise adds the Bernstein Center in response to community need.
1996 Maple Heights Annex is constructed and opens.
2002 Fountain View (assisted living) becomes part of Sunrise.
2007 South Maple Street Homes (independent living) are completed.
2009 The Pointe at Sunrise (independent apartment community) opens.
2011 Sunrise receives Milestone Award 2011 from IAHSA.
2012 Sunrise moved into its new Health Center.