Special needs residents enjoy their very own “Night to Shine”

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs. Hope Residence joined the celebration this year at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn., one of 375 churches around the world hosting 75,000 honored guests on one night — February 10, 2017.

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Faithful volunteers revive Jesus Cares Ministries program

After years of faithful participation, the Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) program at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bemidji, Minn., was struggling. Attendance had dwindled for the ministry, which reaches out to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and the community.

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JCM makes connections from Malawi to Minnesota

A partnership between Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) and Kingdom Workers has helped 53 volunteers serve more than 350 people with special needs in Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa. Recently, JCM programs in America got to see this ministry through the eyes of Davie Duwe. Davie has spent four years with Kingdom Workers as a Field Assistant in Malawi. He traveled to the United States in 2017 to update congregations and friends of JCM about the work of sharing God's word with people with disabilities in Africa.

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At Hope Residence, residents become family

Pat’s bright red hair, amazing smile and contagious laugh lit up the halls at Hope Residence in Belle Plaine, Minn. She loved life, which made it all the more difficult when she passed away in the fall.
Becca Lambrecht met Pat two years ago, when Becca started as a direct support professional (DSP) at Hope Residence. She knew instantly they would be friends, but she didn’t realize how deep that bond went.

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Hope Residence nominates two for statewide ARRM award

Hope Residence is proud to nominate direct support professionals Tanyell Pautsch and Becca Lambrecht for the ARRM Cares Award, which allows member organizations in Minnesota a way to recognize direct support professionals (DSPs) who demonstrate a commitment to quality services.

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A special education to fulfill June's long-held wish

June often talks about the past and how she wasn’t able to get an education. Her parents pulled her out of high school to put an end to her classmates’ teasing. The team at Hope Residence, where June lives, wanted to give her the experience she missed out on.

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For the love of the game, and New Friends

Wisconsin Lutheran College’s baseball team had been rained out before, but this time an overcast sky led to something better. The players had a spring game scheduled with New Friends, a program that connects teens and young adults in high school and college with special needs children and their families.

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You can’t do it alone: You need Jesus

At Joy in Jesus retreats, the typical camp stories are anything but ordinary: They are often powerful reminders of Christ’s love. In late September, camper Ron was sitting alone on a bench reading his  Bible. Julie Luetke, a Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) Consultant who helps organize the two annual Joy in Jesus retreats, sat down for a visit. Ron turned to her and said, “If it weren’t for Him, where would I be now?” Read More

Hope Residence: A long journey home

David and Suzie Radtke have made the journey of more than 600 miles twice, traveling from their home in Michigan to Hope Residence in Belle Plaine, Minn. — all that travel to ensure they’d found the right place for Suzie.

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Special needs, special situation, a very special solution

Doug McKinnon rarely visited the doctor. The 65-yearold typically shrugged off health concerns until one day last November, he couldn’t ignore them. Doug was found driving erratically — his son Steven in the car — two hours from their northern Minnesota home. While talking to Doug, the police officer
sensed something was very wrong. Emergency room doctors at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn., determined Doug had suffered multiple strokes, causing vascular dementia.

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