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Join us for GiveSTL Day.

A donation as little as $10 can help save a life

GiveSTLDay is coming Tuesday, May 5. This 24 hour giving event celebrates generosity and the work of nonprofits in the St. Louis area, including Outreach Services at Lutheran Senior Services.

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Make a Difference. Outreach Services connects older adults with financial limits to resources and education.
Extend your dollar. Just make a gift through GiveSTLDay.org on Tuesday, May 5. Local charitable foundations are matching donations throughout the day and your gift could be matched!

Win prizes. Donate for a chance to win additional dollars for your charity or some great prizes like Cardinals tickets!

Other Great Ways to Support Outreach Services

Volunteer. We need you! There are several ways you can volunteer with Outreach Services that will fit your schedule and your gifts.

Share on Social Media. Help get the word out. On May 5, we’ll be posting stories and information about LSS. You can help other people get to know us by liking and sharing! www.facebook.com/LutheranSeniorServices. And by making the GiveSTLDay logo your profile pic for the day. The more awareness raised, the more we can make a difference!

The St. Louis Children’s Choir visits Laclede Groves

Laclede Groves (Webster Groves, MO) was treated to a special concert on Friday, April 24. The St. Louis Children’s Choir visited to sing a selection of songs to the enjoyment of residents and guests.

The St. Louis Children’s Choirs is made up of several different ensembles featuring over 450 talented young singers (ages 6 to 18) from more than 200 schools. The ensemble that performed at Laclede Groves had students from the Children’s Choir, a training choir for students in 3rd grade and above, showing their artistic skill through a variety of diverse songs from the classic “America the Beautiful, to a favorite amongst the ensemble “The Wind.”

Afterward, the Children’s Choir members sat down with Laclede Groves residents for lunch. Fabi, Jimena, Lidsey (all age 9) and Ainsley (age 10), sat with Sally Homeyer, sharing why they love singing and being a part of the Children’s Choir. “I like singing for other people because it can make their day and my heart is filled with joy when I sing,” said Jimena. All four girls enthusiastically are looking forward to continuing to sing with the St. Louis Children’s Choir.

“They’re very dedicated and I noticed that all of them sing so well together,” said Sally. “We are so glad they were able to come and share their singing with us today.”

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Happy Anniversary Hidden Gems!

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Happy Anniversary to you! Happy Anniversary to you! Happy Anniversary dear Hidden Gems. Happy Anniversary to Yooooooou! (And many more!)

Hidden Gems celebrates its 2nd anniversary on May 1. And how much it’s grown since 2013! Joy Brother, Director of Move-In Resources and Hidden Gems for LSS, has seen it grow from an idea to reality.

“Just a little over two years ago the move-in coordinator team and I decided it would be a great idea to be proactive in helping new and future residents (overwhelmed by the task) dispose of their stuff. Though a unique idea, I was given permission to open a resale store. We opened the doors with a handful of volunteers and one salaried store manager.

It has been a struggle balancing the pickup and sale of donations, while working toward a break- even (better yet profit). Last month we met an amazing goal, with the diligent work of Adam, our store manager, and all of our volunteers. They each act as though Hidden Gems is their own, and in many ways it is!

I am so proud of everyone’s hard work. My dream is indeed coming true. Thanks to every one of our valued volunteers and Adam, Hidden Gems is on its way to being a successful entity. Happy 2nd Anniversary Hidden Gems.”

To celebrate, Hidden Gems is holding an anniversary drawing. If you stop by and register today, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Hidden Gems! Click here for location and hours.

LSS RECIPIENT OF LUTHERAN FOUNDATION GRANT

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St. Louis, MO (April 22, 2015) – Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $100 million in grants since the inception of its grantmaking program in 1986. During this time, nearly 3,000 grants have been awarded to 617 congregations and nonprofit organizations, most of which are located in the greater St. Louis area.

“Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis has a rich heritage of partnering with area churches and agencies to positively impact the lives of hurting people,” says Ann L. Vazquez, president/CEO of the Foundation. “Our investments help congregations and organizations deliver services that cultivate meaningful transformation in the lives of those they serve—mind, body and soul.”

To recognize this important milestone, last night the Foundation presented at a gathering of more than 25 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations a grant to Lutheran Senior Services for $384,000 over three years to support the agency’s new Telehealth Technology program, designed to improve the health outcomes of older adults by providing health and mental health screening through Telehealth Kiosks and Parish Nursing services.

“Lutheran Foundation has been a valued partner in ministry over the years,” said John Kotovsky, President/CEO of Lutheran Senior Services. “Our Telehealth Technology program will help older adults in our community better maintain a healthy lifestyle so that they can live their life to the fullest.”

As the grantmaking ministry of 63 St. Louis area Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations, Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis seeks the improved care of people in the greater St. Louis metropolitan region. The Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in the St. Louis area since the inception of its grantmaking program in 1986 in support of its vision of seeing the Church brought into the hurting lives of people and people included in the healing life of the Church. Grants are awarded in the areas of Christian volunteerism, congregation social service outreach, Lutheran education, services for ex-offenders and their families, support for foreign-born populations, and older adults maintaining independence. The Foundation has approximately $5 million available for Grant Awards in 2015.

For more information and a full listing of grant awards, visit www.lutheranfoundation.org.

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

He is risen. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

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Dear friends and family of Lutheran Senior Services,

He is risen. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

It is true joy to speak the words of Easter to you on the day we celebrate our risen Savior. I have always loved Easter because of the Christian hope and freedom that comes from His sacrifice on the cross for us. And how readily Jesus offers eternal life to all that believe in the resurrection!

Our mission of Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest comes from John 10:10 where Jesus says, “I came that they may have life and have it to the full.” That verse describes how we serve our residents and clients. But it also applies to us as well! Jesus came and died for us so that we too can have life to the fullest.

We are abundantly blessed at Lutheran Senior Services. Thank you for the ways in which you partner with us as we continue to expand our mission. From LSS employees, to residents and their families, community partners, and donors, we are overwhelmed with the amount of servant hearts at LSS.

I pray that God blesses you and your family this Easter and throughout the year. May you find His love for each and every one of you in the message of his resurrection.

He is risen. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

John Kotovsky
President and CEO

 

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” Matthew 28:1-10
  

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Let them eat cake, muffins, cookies, and pies!

Lenoir Woods Senior Living Community held it’s 3rd Annual Pie Auction on April 2. Residents and staff gathered at Lenoir Woods to a feast of the eyes. Donating an assortment of baked goods, esteemed auctioneers Kent Kirkwood (Lenoir Woods Executive Director) and Ron Freiburghaus (Director of Stewardship) were on hand to dole out the treats to the highest bidder.

Thrown in support of the “Back to School Days” event, proceeds from the auction went to help purchase school supplies for the children of staff members. It’s a great outpouring of generosity by Lenoir Woods residents and staff members highlighting the family community built at Lenoir.

“Everyone makes this event more fun each year,” said Colleen Nilges, Senior Living Associate. “Planning is already in progress for the 4th annual pie auction so stay tuned for details!”

$2251 was raised that afternoon and a “sweet” time was had by all!

Check out these photos from the event!

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We'd love to hear from you! Located in Columbia, MO 65201, Lenoir Woods senior living offers independent living, REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation, assisted living, and skilled nursing. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Celebrating Relationships with Senior Connections: Harold Williams & Mike

Harold-and-Michael_gs1“When I tell others about Senior Connections and how they connect friendly visitors to senior citizens, they naturally assume my friend is older than I. This is not the situation with my friend Mike, he is actually almost 15 years younger than I am. His life experiences and health have taken a toll on him, initially leaving him withdrawn, uninterested in much of
anything, and skeptical.

In the beginning, he shared how he was surprised that I kept our appointments each and every week. After six months of consistency and building his trust in our relationship, he decided that I could be counted on as a friend. We built this relationship over a weekly game of chess.

When we began our visits, Mike’s room was in a secure area as his staff feared he might abandon the care he needed. Today, he enjoys a different landscape from his room in an open unit and has changed his mind about the benefits of living in this community. He has
even suggested that I might want to join him as a resident at the nursing home in the future!

Having a friend who depends on me each and every week for conversation and companionship has given me focus in my own retirement and a unique opportunity to share myself with another senior.”
-Harold Williams

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

Heart to Heart Service

Lutheran Senior Service Hospice Volunteers Needed

photo 5[4]Don Cole is called an angel by many. No, he doesn’t have wings and when he speaks, a chorus does not accompany his words. Yet, his heart to heart service as a part of volunteering for LSS Hospice is making an everlasting difference with many.

“I just have a good time,” Don said. “I just see the people and try to give them a little bit of companionship – fifteen minutes to an hour, whatever it takes. But it doesn’t feel like a task to me. It’s like, ‘Ooh! I get to do this!’’

LSS Hospice is looking for volunteers, like Don, who are filled with a heart of service towards others. As LSS Hospice continues to grow there is an urgent need. Volunteers are an important part of the hospice team, so important they are a Medicare requirement for ALL hospice programs.

Why Volunteer? Volunteering through LSS Hospice is a unique opportunity to become a part of a ministry to families and patients who are nearing the end of a journey. It’s a time for many filled with reflection and even celebration. Many current volunteers choose to volunteer because they have experienced the death of a loved one and want to help others in similar situations.

What Would I Do? Many patients are looking for a friend. They appreciate the conversation and companionship a new friend brings through playing cards, puzzles, or other games, reading, praying, sitting quietly, or activities.

Love assisting with office work? Through copying, filing, packet assembly, and other administrative tasks you keep things organized and efficient for all LSS Hospice Volunteers.

What are the Requirements? A heart for service! Volunteers must go through a background check and attend a mandatory 3-hour orientation and training session as well as be 18 years of age. Office volunteers might work an hour a week, or every other week, or even just once a month for an agreed upon time frame. Those who visit patients usually commit to about one visit per week, lasting on average about 30 minutes to an hour.

For more information, contact Kristy Bull at KBull@LSSLiving.org or at 314.262.8275.

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

A Striking Success!

Bowling for Wellness Event Surpasses Goal

The 2nd Bowling for Wellness held at Tropicana Lanes on Sunday, February 22, was filled with splits, turkeys, a few gutters, and an opportunity to raise awareness and support for Project Wellness.

“This event is so much fun,” said Susan Hutchinson, Executive Director of Affordable Housing at Lutheran Senior Services. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to spare a day and make a difference in the lives of low-income seniors and their health.”

All money raised supports Project Wellness, a health initiative within Affordable Housing to offer tools and support for those who have limited financial abilities. These free or low cost wellness services will be made available to 700 residents living in the Metropolitan St. Louis area Affordable Housing Communities; all thanks to the Bowling for Wellness participants and sponsors that raised over $11,000.

“We’re ecstatic with the large increase in participation over last year and can’t wait to start planning next year’s event,” said Susan.

2015 Results

  • 1st Place – The LSS IT Team – My Giga Hurts
  • 2nd Place – Hilltop Manor –The Crazy Pins
  • 3rd Place – Westfield Manor – Belleville Bowlers
  • Most Money Raised – Westfield Manor with nearly $1,100
  • Honorable Mention – Home & Community Based Services with over $1,000

 

To view all of the pictures from the event, click here.

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.

KFUO Broadcasts from Hidden Gems

DSC_0157-editHidden Gems Resale has always been known to have unique finds. For those who stopped by on January 15, they received a very unique surprise. Radio station KFUO was broadcasting their program “Faith and Family” straight from Hidden Gems.

To listen to the whole broadcast, click here.

Featured on the program was Joy Brother, Move-In Resources and Resale Director at Lutheran Senior Services, who gave the story behind Hidden Gems Resale. “We do everything that has to do with the move,” said Joy. “We’ve expanded the program [at LSS] over the years. It’s a complimentary service for all residents where we go into homes and spend quite a bit of time talking to people, finding out what’s important to them relating to the move. And the biggest concern is usually what to do with all their stuff.”

Through helping others downsize or move, Joy’s team began referring Hidden Gems as a possibility for items that people no longer wanted or could not be used or sold. Joy and her team saw all the unused items as a way to not only help those they were serving but also to give back.

As Joy explained to KFUO listeners, proceeds from Hidden Gems Resale benefits Benevolent Care at Lutheran Senior Services. “It’s a way for us to help older adults at LSS who have outlived their financial means.” And with such great items, Hidden Gems has many repeat shoppers.

“I was really surprised,” said shopper David Roberts. “I come in here at least twice a month but didn’t expect to see this!” And even though KFUO’s presence can’t be guaranteed, the unique finds and knowledge of helping seniors is there every time you shop at Hidden Gems.

For more information on Hidden Gems, check out their Facebook page or visit them in person at 9051 Watson Road or phone at 314.963.0821.

KFUO at Hidden Gems Resale

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If you’re thinking about your future plans, Lutheran Senior Services communities are great places to start. Offering independent living apartments and patio homes, our warm, welcoming campuses offer easy access to assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing should your needs change. For more information or to arrange a visit, click here.