Reaching out to the special needs community with Vacation Bible School

With approximately 80 percent of people with specials needs and their families not feeling welcome in a church, The Vine Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho decided to take action and reach out to the community.

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Staying busy is no problem

We recognize the importance of gathering and participating in events and activities. Each of our care communities offer a variety of events and activities for residents and their families to attend.

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New partnerships benefit residents

The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine has recently formed two new partnerships to benefit our residents. Partnerships include Pro Rehab to support our in house rehabilitation program and Associated Clinic of Psychology (ACP) to allow residents access to mental health, emotional and behavioral support services.

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Restructuring to Advance our Ministry

TLHA recently announced the restructuring of its leadership on the Belle Plaine Campus. The changes will position the ministry to continue to serve seniors and individuals with disabilities while being better positioned for future growth.

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“Stepping Forward for Dementia” walk raises awareness

To raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia, The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine campus hosted the third annual “Stepping Forward for Dementia” walk on Saturday, Aug. 3.

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Team member nominated for ARRM Cares Award

Hope is proud to honor Shannon Johnson as nominee for the ARRM Cares Award, an annual award program which recognizes the top Direct Support Professionals in Minnesota. Shannon has served as DSP at Hope for nearly four years.

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Resident completes SOAR Program

Resident Bethany graduated from the Belle Plaine/Jordan Student Out Achieving Results (SOAR).

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A time for change

Deb Wirt, Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Director at Hope, recently shared that she will be retiring. Deb served in the role of TR Director from December 2009 to August 2019. Prior to serving in this role, Deb served different positions within The Lutheran Home Association. Starting in 1997, she worked as TR Director at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine. In 2006, she transferred to Program Manager at Hope.

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Good times at Hope!

Hope residents always stay busy – and that’s no understatement. If they aren’t out and about attending different community events, they are doing a fun activity at Hope. Here’s a few of activities that have been keeping us busy!

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Intern experience leads to full-time career for two recent college graduates

The best thing for a recent college graduate to include on their resume is hands on-experience. That’s exactly what Megan Schmitz and Kayla Mikonowicz received following their 14 week internships within the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) departments on The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine campus.

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