Lutheran and G.A. Family Service Employees Donate to Pennies 4 Paws

The employees at Lutheran and GA Family Services held an employee pet photo contest during March and April to help raise money for the Chautauqua County Humane Society’s Pennies 4 Paws campaign. Over 60 employee pet entries came in with over 1,200 votes being placed by staff, residents, and visitors to the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown. Third place went to Peggy Young, RN, who submitted a photo of her dog Sophie Anne, second place went to Deb Darling for submitting a photo of her grand-dog Walter, and first place went to Stephanie Reichardt who submitted a memorial for her dog Buster. Voters could donate $1.00 for one vote, $5.00 for ten votes, or a jar of peanut butter or spray cheese for five votes. Over $400 and over 100 jars of peanut butter were donated to the shelter from the contest. Pictured from left are Peggy Young, RN, Brian Papalia and “Dot” from CCHS, Stephanie Reichardt, and Deb Darling. “Dot” came to the Lutheran Campus with Brian as part of the Expawditions program at the shelter. Expawditions is a program designed to give animals a day off from the kennel environment and get them into the real world. It also gives people the chance to get some dog time, even if they don’t have a dog of their own. Call the Chautauqua County Humane Society at 665-2209 to learn more about Expawditions.

United Methodist Gardens makes Charitable Gift to Lutheran Senior Housing

The Board of Directors of Falconer Methodist Housing Development Fund Company recently gave a generous $40,000 charitable gift to Lutheran after the sale of its United Methodist Gardens property in Falconer.  These funds were approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the New York State Attorney General’s Office, as a result of the sale of United Methodist Gardens to Housing Preservation, Inc.  Lutheran Senior Housing served as the management agent of United Methodist Gardens since 2002 and the organization expressed their sincere gratitude for the thoughtful gift. Shown from left: Jim Graham, Brenda Weiler, Ben Morey, Howard Johnson, Carol Rawson, Jon Saff, and Shirley Leyman from the UMG board presenting an honorary check to Lutheran Senior Housing Director, Kevin Saff, and Lutheran’s President and CEO, Tom Holt.

JHS Academy Day Visits Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center

Over 60 sophomores from Jamestown Public Schools visited Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center on Friday to learn about careers available locally in healthcare. The students along with their school chaperones toured the facility and had the opportunity to meet working professionals in dietary and food service, physical and occupational therapy, nursing, and administration. During the tours, students were able to ask and answer questions about future careers, participate in hands-on activities, and experience firsthand the impact that nursing and rehabilitation have on the community at large. The six Academy Day programs at JPS were created to connect students who have not decided on a career field with jobs available to them throughout Chautauqua County.

Blackwell Chapel Donates Lap Blankets to LHRC

Deaconess Karen Neal and Pastor Reginald Smith from Blackwell Chapel AME Zion Church in Jamestown recently donated over three dozen lap blankets for the residents at LHRC!

The lap blankets feature various patterns and colors for men and women and were hand-sew by Karen herself. Residents use blankets like these in their rooms, common areas, and in the hallways to keep warm during the winter months.

Pictured is Edwin Rodriguez Jr., Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Lutheran, along with Heather Fields, a CNA at Lutheran and member of the Blackwell Chapel, receiving the lap blanket donations along with Grace Garvey, resident at LHRC.

Hultquist Place Valentine Exchange

Residents from the Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program at Lutheran put together party favor bags with Minion cards, Minion candy bracelets, and Minion temporary tattoos for the Zion Covenant UPK AM class in Jamestown recently.

Jessica Bertram, Activity Coordinator from Hultquist Place, is shown helping the residents prepare their Valentines. Likewise, children at the Zion Covenant UPK AM class have made Valentines for the residents at Hultquist Place. Both groups plan to open each other’s Valentines during their holiday parties on February 14 and hope to share a Facetime conversation so they can say thank you in person.

Falconer Central School FBLA Students Visit Hultquist Place

Students from Falconer Central School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club visited with residents at the Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program at Lutheran after the holidays to mingle, share their high school experiences and hopes for future careers in business, and have some fun creating winter crafts. Emily Johnson and Olivia Booth visited from FCS, pictured here with Ann Marie Olson and Erma Desmond, residents at Hultquist Place.

Being a member of FBLA helps young students prepare for careers in business through academic competitions, leadership development, educational programs, and community volunteerism and service projects. Different students from Falconer’s FBLA club come in the beginning of each month to participate in programming with the residents.

Lutheran Employees Hold Supply Drive for Anew Center

Shortly before the holidays, the staff at Lutheran in Jamestown held a contest to see which department, Dietary or Environmental Services, could collect more personal hygiene items, gift cards, monetary donations, clothing, toys, and other supplies to donate to the Salvation Army Anew Center in the city.

The contest took place during the month of November with all the supplies being delivered the week before Christmas. The supply drive was a Compass in the Community project which is an outreach program that the two departments participate in each year as a way to give back to the community. Stephanie Reichardt, Kristen Washburn, Kayla Johnson, and Deborah Darling (shown) helped deliver all the supplies using Lutheran’s campus bus.

Bragging rights ultimately went to Environmental Services who won the competition after all the items and points were calculated.

Santa Claus Visits Hultquist Place

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s Helpers (Mary and Amber) took time out of their busy holiday schedule to visit the residents at Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program on the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown.

The residents all received a candy cane and had an opportunity to tell Santa and Mrs. Claus what they wanted for themselves and their families this holiday season. Other holiday activities taking place throughout the month for the residents at Hultquist Place include holiday cookie and cake baking, Christmas light tours, a chef-prepared Christmas dinner, and a concert by Conspire Barbershop Quartet.

Area Churches Donate to G.A. Family Services Foster Care Angel Tree

Staff at G.A. Family Services held a recognition luncheon earlier this month to honor and thank several area churches for taking up monetary collections or hosting an Angel Tree at their parishes for the 2018 holiday season. Gifts or monetary donations made to the G.A. Foster Care Angel Tree Program support over 100 area children in foster care.

“We cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity that you and your congregations have shown to the children in our program,” said Kara Kloss, community resource coordinator for G.A. Family Services. “A lot of these children have been through some very difficult situations. Thankfully they’re in safe, loving homes now and have a community like you to wrap their arms around,” said Kloss.

The Angel Tree Program is an annual event for G.A. Family Services Foster Care. “Wishes” from foster children are placed on the back of the ornaments and hung on a tree with the help of their foster parents. Community members at the Angel Tree locations can pick an ornament and help make the wish come true for that child. G.A. Family Services staff collect all the gifts for Santa Claus himself to deliver them at a special Christmas event.

Employees at the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center hosted an Angel Tree along with area churches: Seventh Day Adventist Church, St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, Panama Baptist Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Bethlehem Lutheran, Bethel Lutheran, and Tree of Life Church.

“It is amazing to see and feel the love you all have for these kids,” said Kloss. “It is truly special, you are truly special, and we value the friendships and relationships we have made along the way,” she said.

Photo Caption: Representatives from the churches and G.A. Family Services staff pose with some of the gifts that were donated through the Angel Tree Program. (Back row from left) Pastor Zechariah Musselman, Jemima Stutzman, Stacey Rugg, Susan Caster, Pastor Tara Eastman, Karen Johnson, and Ericka Garcia-Allison. (Front row from left) Deb Scott, Kim McVinney, Kara Kloss, and Lawana Digirolamo.

Halloween Costume Parade Visits Hultquist Place and Lutheran

Dozens of children and grandchildren of the staff and residents at the Lutheran Home and Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program visited the campus recently for the annual costume parade. The candy given out is donated by the staff and resident families. This year a record donation, more than 100 bags, came in for the event. More than 100 children participated this year with residents lining the hallways and Christ Chapel to see the costumes and pass out candy.