Mark Appelbaum | Praha Village

Letter from Makado Owner Mark Appelbaum

Welcome to Praha Village! Makado chose New Prague because we were drawn to its rich history, access to health care and strong sense of community. One of the original names of modern day New Prague was Praha and it was incorporated as a village in 1877. Today, you can see the roots of that village in the small-town feel of the streets and the connections between neighbors.

Our aim was to re-create the feel of those early days in a caring community where residents and families are warmly welcomed—because community is about more than physical surroundings. It is about sharing our journeys and stories in a place that nurtures them.

Praha Village offers connections within and outside its walls, in theaters, parks, schools, shops, restaurants, the local library and elsewhere. Residents can have their pick of activities off site and also enjoy numerous on-site amenities such as a fitness room, salon, family lounge, outdoor spaces including a memory care garden, library and more.

This is Makado’s vision of how a true village should be—based on the wisdom of the community’s senior leaders and most importantly, the experiences of older adults and families. I am excited to welcome you to Praha Village and honored you have chosen to share your journey with us.

Best wishes,

Mark Appelbaum, President

Praha Village is brought to you by Makado and features Cassia

About Makado

Makado creates living environments designed to have a strong sense of place within the fabric of the local community. This is accomplished through the building design process and by working closely with the community. Makado’s goal is to create places where people can live vibrant, meaningful lives with dignity and peace of mind.

Makado has a vision of a community that will help older adults and others in need to live the lives that most inspire them.


About Cassia

Makado chose the nonprofit organization Cassia to serve residents at Praha Village because Cassia’s professionalism, expertise and philosophy are closely aligned with Makado. Cassia values the wisdom, experience, humor and talents of older adults, who make all our lives better.

Cassia's Mission

Fostering fullness of life for older adults in the spirit of Christ’s love.

Our Story

Augustana Care and Elim Care came together to form Cassia in 2018. With a combined 217 years of experience providing housing, health care and community services to older adults and those in need, Cassia offers services in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota. Residents, patients and clients can find assisted and independent living communities, memory care, adult day services, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and home modifications at Cassia. Our name was inspired by an anointing oil referenced in the Bible that reflects our commitment to healing, wholeness and our desire to help those we serve to live well. According to sources familiar with ancient oils, Cassia is said to symbolize the heart of a servant. Cassia continues to be an industry leader by providing healing, compassion and renewal through Serving all by following One.

Our Goal

At Cassia, we are on an uncompromising quest for solutions to live well. Our faith-based organization is centered around the following values: collaboration, compassion, excellence, innovation, integrity, respect, stewardship and unity. We serve all beliefs and backgrounds and serve all by following One.


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