Caring for the “heart of our home”

It has often been said, “The kitchen is the heart of the home.” The community kitchen at St. Michael’s Assisted Living, where team members serve more than 2,000 meals per month, was in need of some love.

More than 25 residents call St. Michael’s home today. Since 1947, the care community has been taking care of individuals in this building.

Last year, team members took on the challenge to raise enough funds to update the kitchen.  Renovation plans included new cabinets and cupboards featuring slide-outs and Lazy Susan’s for easier access while preparing meals.

“We knew this was a major undertaking, but our kitchen had simply outlived its usefulness,” explained Cid Serva, dietary manager at St. Michael’s. “We are in awe of how fast we were able to raise the funds.”

During the ongoing fundraiser, gifts were designated for the kitchen remodeling goal of $20,000. St. Michael’s hosted events to support the renovations, including the annual Friends of St. Michael’s butterfly release featuring a silent auction, Battle of the Tongs, BBQ chicken cook-off,  wine and canvas painting classes, and more.

“I am so appreciative of the continued support this community has shown to St. Michael’s,” said Tiffany Olson, RN, administrator at St. Michael’s. “We welcome gifts from residents, family members and community members. All who have a connection to St. Michael’s either present or past.”

Denise Erickson and her family shared a gift in honor of her mom, Iris Deaver. Before she was called to Heaven, Iris called St. Michael’s her home. 

“We are so grateful for the excellent care and staff at St. Michael’s,” Denise explained, “We just felt [sharing a gift] was a good way to give back.”

Mary Anne Glentz, a St. Michael’s resident, and her daughter, Mary Lou Briggs, shared a gift to support the kitchen renovations.

“We thought if there was need and it would help the residents, then we are all for it,” said Mary Lou.

In anticipation of the new cupboards being installed, St. Michael’s team members have been preparing for the remodeling.

“Alternate menus have been planned. We also plan to move equipment for new uses, host a few cookouts, and offer bag lunches. We hope to make the process a fun time,” said Cid. “Our hearts are full of gratitude for the tremendous outpouring of generosity.”

With a strong history in the Fountain City community, St. Michael’s Assisted Living has been providing care for generations. St. Michael’s relies on charitable support to advance the work of caring every day of the year for the people entrusted to our care. Thank you for supporting our ministry!