The Mille Lacs County Times Article
Valentine’s Banquet Shares the Love with Seniors
Guests were able to make a difference by supporting Elim Care and Rehab Center, and Country Meadows Independent and Assisted Living during the annual Valentine’s Day Banquet held on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The event took place at Milaca Evangelical Church, beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Guests were greeted at the door by Elim Administrator Laura Broberg.
“I love my job,” Broberg said. She explained that when she first applied for a job at Elim, she only planned on working with senior citizens for a few months. Broberg has since changed her philosophy; when she wakes up and no longer likes her job she will find a new career. In 28 years of caring for seniors, that hasn’t happened yet.
The entrance of the banquet featured a cupcake bar from Brett Fetters, homemade Valentines and a silent auction. Both Elim and Country Meadows were raising funds for items that would improve the lives of those they serve.
Each year, the event raises money for a special item for the residents. In 2014, funds raised from the annual banquet aided in purchasing an outdoor pergola. Another item that was made possible through the annual fundraising event in years past was a computer system. The system’s intuitive design allows seniors, regardless of experience, physical or intellectual abilities, to use the computer. The residents are able to use the interactive computer for email, games, karaoke and much more.
Elim had a goal to raise $8,000 for a new whirlpool tub. The care center currently has two new tubs and is planning to add one more to fit the needs of the residents in the North unit. A new whirlpool tub would replace an old 1973 tub that Broberg said is on its last limbs and provide those using it comfort, safety and security.
Country Meadows is collecting donations for a new sound system. Its goal is to raise $3,000. A new sound system would replace the karaoke speaker system that is currently in use. It is difficult for some residents to hear when participating in activities and events such as bingo and church services.
The Valentine’s Day Banquet has been taking place for over 20 years. Vice President of Fund Development Dave Kiel has been attending for the last 15 years. He previously worked as a chaplain at the Elim Home in Princeton before taking his current position 10 years ago. Kiel oversees the team that worked with the local community to hold the event.
“The sound system is so important because many have hearing issues. We want to make sure when we do services and programs that people hear the good news of Jesus’ love,” Kiel said.
He added that the whirlpool will benefit elderly people with physical limitations, since it will have a lift.
Guests enjoyed a free three-course dinner, prepared by Sean Swenson, Leah Swanson and Raeann Hill. Diners were asked to make an offering of their choice.
During dinner, Milaca musician Todd Lines performed “Answer Me My Love” and “Smile” on his piano. Bob Dahl then shared his testimonial with the audience.
“We are very thankful for the support of the Milaca community. We have a lot of loyal, faithful donors and we are very thankful to them. It really helps us to fulfill our mission,” Dahl said.
The Milaca campus also welcomes volunteers. Anyone interested in sharing their time and talents can call Elim Care and Rehab Center at 320-983-2185 or Country Meadows Independent and Assisted Living at 320-983-6386.
Elim and Country Meadows are still accepting donations for this year’s projects. If you would like to make a contribution, contact Laura Broberg at 320-983-2185.
Berdsten, Brielle. “Valentine’s Banquet Shares the Love with Seniors.” The Mille Lacs County Times. 21 Feb. 2015. Web. 21 Feb. 2015. <http://millelacscountytimes.com/2015/02/21/valentines-banquet-shares-the-love-with-seniors/>.
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New Harmony Care Center Featured on KSTP News
On January 10th, New Harmony Care Center was featured on KSTP News for the excellent preventative measures being taken to avoid an outbreak of influenza. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, influenza is still widespread this flu season.
To view the news clip and full article, click here.
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