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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Chaplaincy student shares residents joys and disappointments

Alan Hairsine enrolled in the WELS Chaplain Certificate (CCP) course through Martin Luther College to learn how to better communicate the saving message of Christ and be a comforting presence to those who are hurting. As part of his education, Alan is shadowing Pastor Ed Fredrich, chaplain atThe Lutheran Home Belle Plaine Campus.

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Two more voices join the choir

In the dimly lit Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, voices swell in harmony, “But when I survey that wondrous cross …” The crescendo is noticeable, but not quite enough. Choir director Sam Korth cuts off the singers.

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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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Texas vacation is once-in-a-lifetime trip for Hope residents

With help from team members at Hope Residence where he lives, Jim finally got to see Texas last fall after many years of dreaming. Planning for the trip started as a way to help Jim through surgery and recovery earlier in the year.

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It’s Never 2 Late: Technology enhances life for all ages, abilities

It’s never too late to enjoy your life: You’re never too old to sing a Broadway tune or laugh with a giggling toddler, to connect with a loved one’s photo or play a game. On The Lutheran Home Campus
in Belle Plaine, Minn., these little reminders of joy are on display in a big way — a 70-inch TV with state-of-the-art touchscreen.

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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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