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Nelson Construction & Development: A Partnership for Better Living

Managed by Franciscan Advisory Services, Inc. and developed by Nelson Construction & Development, CopperWood will be Ankeny’s premier assisted living and memory care community.

About Franciscan Advisory Services, Inc.

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CopperWood at Prairie Trail is managed by Franciscan Advisory Services, Inc., a division of Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, a leader in the senior housing market. Franciscan Ministries currently owns or operates communities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York and Maryland.

Franciscan Ministries is a mission-driven, nonprofit Catholic senior living organization offering independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, post-acute rehabilitation, memory care and community-based services. In addition, Franciscan Ministries provides third-party management services through Franciscan Advisory Services. The Ministry also supports young, at-risk women seeking a Catholic secondary education and operates a family violence prevention center and shelter.

About Nelson Construction & Development

Located in Des Moines, Iowa, Nelson Construction & Development has more than two decades of experience solving problems through real estate and innovative, award-winning design. The firm has developed, built and own thoughtfully designed, beautifully appointed assisted living and memory care communities in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. Nelson communities are more than just safe places to live—they’re warm, welcoming, inviting spaces that foster community, inspire vibrant lifestyles and instill a sense of belonging.