Dr. Herbert Neff influenced persons from various walks of life while fulfilling his vision of a new nursing home facility for Guthrie Center and surrounding area. The twelve persons charter board of The New Homestead on March 10, 1961 included Dr. Herbert Neff, Ed Feilmeyer, Lillian Pearson, H.E. Rhodes, J. I. Vandevanter, H.A. (Bud) Parrot, Tom Hay, Fred Nance, Albert Rogers, Robert Kelley, Russell Wright, and Agnes Tyler.
The original facility was constructed in 1964 with a multipurpose center with three wings extending to make each room an outside room. There were eight single rooms and 21 double rooms with a state of Iowa licensure for 50 residents.
As needs increased additions were made. An additional northwest wing was dedicated in 1977, and four rooms on the south wing added in 1991, bringing the state license to 66 nursing home beds. A larger dining area was added in 1984 followed by a new activity room was added in 1988.
In 2000, the Assisted Living, Homestead Acres, was built with 8 one bedroom apartments, including a kitchen and living area. Tenants enjoy a spacious common area for dining and entertainment with their family and friends.