Enjoy, explore and embrace your best life!
FULFILLING A LIFELONG DREAM Joining the Peace Corps
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INSIDE th The heart of Cedar Community Our commitment to ministry | 4 Cedar Community welcomes new team member Welcome Joe Pichler | 5 Resident group explores and fosters diversity Cedar Community’s Diversity Group | 6 – 10 Cedar Community celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. A multicultural experience | 11 Hidden Talents Meet Marisue Zillig | 12 – 13 Fulfilling a lifelong dream Joining the Peace Corps | 14 – 17 Ministry: Our shared mission Serving those in need with respect and dignity | 18
ART DIRECTOR Cyndi Frohmader
ON THE COVER Joan Hoﬀ, independent living resident, shares stories of her time in the Peace Corps.
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his ISSUE Rooted in the values of the UCC Cedar Community provides compassionate care to all residents | 19 Celebrating outstanding team members Congratulations to our team members of the quarter | 20 – 21 The gift of faith, family and friends in Elkhart Lake Peace of mind for one resident and her family | 22 – 23 Partners In Caring® Providing care for residents in need | 23 Out & About Events, classes and seminars you don’t want to miss | 24 – 27
OUR MISSION To model Christ’s love for humanity by creating lifeenhancing relationships, services and environments. OUR VISION To be a place where people live with dignity and respect. OUR VALUES Love We fulfill our mission by “loving our neighbor as ourselves” (Matthew 22:39). The golden rule, to “do to others as you would have them do to you,” (Matthew 7:12) guides what we say and do. Integrity “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely” (Proverbs 10:9). We hold each other accountable to high ethical and moral standards. We are honest, open and respectful.
Cedar Community volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are the heart and soul of the organization. They live out our mission every day by providing countless hours of time and service to our residents and their families. In 2018, 352 registered volunteers dedicated over 31,335 hours of their time helping with a variety of opportunities from clerical work to resident events and outings. If you are interested in learning how you can help us live out our mission of “… creating life-enhancing relationships, services and environments” so our residents can enjoy, explore and embrace their best life, call Bonnie Amerling, Volunteer Coordinator, at 262.306.4218.
Vitality Cedar Community is a place to “live more.” Our natural setting reminds us of the beauty and diversity of creation. We share Jesus’s hope “that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Excellence “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). We strive for excellence in all things. WINTER 2019 | 03
The heart of Cedar Community It’s been three years since I arrived in West Bend to begin my journey with Cedar Community. One of the key reasons that I came here was Cedar Community’s strong historical commitment to ministering to the whole person: mind, body and spirit. This commitment to ministry was evident during the interview process and in my initial interactions with team members. It also became clear as I came to know residents, that our commitment to manifesting a faithbased set of values was one of the main reasons they chose Cedar Community as their home. Values-based leadership was something espoused by our founder, Rev. Louis Riesch. From the humble 22-bed nursing home that he originally opened in 1957, Cedar Community has grown into one of the largest continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) in the state of Wisconsin. A commitment to spiritual care remains one of the top reasons residents choose to live with us. Two years ago, we rebranded the organization to better demonstrate our ongoing commitment to ministry. Our logo was redesigned to reflect our Christian heritage, and our marketing materials and website were updated to reemphasize our commitment to continuing the ministry founded by Rev. Riesch. One of Rev. Riesch’s beliefs was that Cedar Community Lynn W. Olson CEO, “Coach of an Excellent Organization” should be an extension of, and connected to, local churches. Over the years, as we grew in size and became more financially independent, we lost some of that connection to local churches. With the addition of our new Vice President of Ministry, Julie Jennings, we are dedicating ourselves to reconnecting with the greater church community in and around Washington County and beyond. We believe this connection is beneficial for our residents and the organization as a whole, in that it opens up avenues for service beyond our own campuses, and provides opportunities for the greater church community to know more about and potentially engage with us. We look ahead to 2019 with a renewed sense of our place in the greater community, our role in the greater church body and responsibility to live into our values of Christian ministry.
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CEDAR COMMUNITY WELCOMES NEW TEAM MEMBER Cedar Community welcomes Joe Pichler as the Vice President of Finance. Joe brings extensive health care financial reporting, public accounting and financial operations experience to Cedar Community’s financial services team. Pichler grew up in West Central Wisconsin, and began his career at Wipfli in Eau Claire, before relocating to the Wipfli office in Madison. During this time in public accounting he audited hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers, ensuring that their financial statements were in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. He also prepared clients’ Medicaid and Medicare Cost Reports and IRS Form 990s. Upon leaving public accounting, he became the Finance Director at St. Mary’s Care Center, a 184-bed skilled nursing facility, owned by a national healthcare company, where he worked with the rest of the leadership team to guide the direction of the organization. He also managed the dayto-day financial operations, while overseeing billing and accounts payable, as well as producing monthly and ad hoc financial reports. As Vice President of Finance at Cedar Community, Pichler will play a critical role in developing and implementing the financial strategy for Cedar Community. As a member of the executive leadership team, he will be an advisor to the divisional leaders, evaluating and assisting them with their financial plans and economic modeling. “Joe brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the senior living industry, and is a great addition to the executive team at Cedar Community,” says Lynn Olson, Chief Executive Officer. Pichler will also work in conjunction with the board of directors and the finance, audit and investment committees of the board, to develop the organization’s overall financial policies, while overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the leadership and finance teams at Cedar Community to achieve the financial sustainability that will ensure our residents can enjoy, explore and embrace their best life for many years to come, ” says Joe.
Getting downsized, organized and ready to move Studies show that clutter can add stress to your everyday life. Stress can impact your physical and emotional wellbeing. This seminar provides tips on sorting through the “stuff ” so you can gain peace of mind by learning how to start the process. Get an overview of the housing market and ideas for preparing your home for sale. Walk away with a better understanding of how to simplify your next move by getting tips on what to do with the things that are not making the move with you, while you plan for your new space. Enjoy light refreshments. There will also be a $1,000 moving/downsizing expense credit good toward all units for those attending the event and making a move by June 30, 2019.*
Join our experts as they help you navigate downsizing, staging and selling your home!
Thursday, March 14 2 to 3 p.m. Presentation by Melinda Stuart, Owner, Smart Moves for Seniors and Bruce Nemovitz, Certified Senior Real Estate Professional, Bruce’s Team, Realty Executives 3 to 4 p.m. Tours of Cedar Community’s independent living apartments
RSVP, 262.306.7685, or at RSVP@cedarcommunity.org. *Certain terms and conditions apply
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RESIDENT GROUP EXPLORES AND FOSTERS DIVERSITY Cedar Community’s Diversity Group Cedar Community began hosting an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in 2015, an event originally organized by resident Rev. Ralph Faisst. That celebration sparked the interest of then ministry director, Rev. Kathryn Kuhn, who was interested in further exploring racial diversity and issues surrounding the topic. After the event, Kathryn reached out to several residents to have further conversations on racial diversity. From those conversations came the resident Diversity Group. Its mission is to “educate, promote and partner with others in activities and events that affirm diversity.” At about the same time the Diversity Group was getting started, the United Church of Christ launched “White
Privilege: Let’s Talk,” an adult education curriculum and webinar series that led participants through four key focus areas, each discussing a different aspect of the dynamic of white privilege. The curriculum was offered to the Diversity Group in the summer of 2017, and 18 residents spent several months engaged with the material. Cedar Community residents KC Laycock and Pam Sholund led the discussion groups. Resident Bill Rumpf was one of the participants. “The curriculum was based on the privileges white people have in American society that don’t get afforded to people of color,” says Bill. “It pointed out things we should have known; the differences are not always obvious. There is a lot of racism embedded in American culture. It’s hard to see, and hard to talk about for some.”
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Residents knit for Bridge the Divide Cedar Community’s independent living knitting group is currently knitting skirts for Bridge the Divide’s crocheted dolls. Bridge the Divide is a discussion group located in Cedarburg for people interested in exploring how to bridge the social, political and economic divide in America, and become more united as a people. Cedar Community’s resident Diversity Group has attended discussions held by this group. Bridge the Divide organizers Heidi Wheeler and Erica Turner say their interest in diversity issues comes from a place of compassion, and they want to bring along other community members on their journey to learning more about racial issues. Bridge the Divide can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The study took five months to complete, and at the end the group asked, “now what?” Bill agreed to chair the next meeting to address that question. The participants decided to continue meeting and studying, and also acting on the issue of diversity. The group asked Cedar Community Chaplain Colleen Mas to be the group’s staff liaison. “It’s resident led. I attend the meetings as an observer,” Colleen says. “It’s a great privilege to be a part of this group. There are some great ideas and caring hearts. I respect their willingness to reach outside of their circle to continue to learn, grow and understand.” Bill agreed to continue his role as the chairperson of the Diversity Group. Over the last year, the group has selected and read books, mostly on the issue of race in America. They have attended and discussed topical movies, and they have invited speakers to their monthly meetings to share their own experiences with diversity. Speakers have included Clarissa Martinelli, a pastor at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in West Bend, and Noelle Braun, from Casa Guadalupe in West Bend. They have also visited Bridge the Divide, a group based in Cedarburg that is interested in facilitating discussions about living in a multiracial community. The Diversity Group has also made a connection with the Multicultural Club at the West Bend High Schools. The student group was organized and promoted by parent volunteer Barseana Simond. The Diversity Group became familiar with the Multicultural Club at the high school when several group members attended the Black History Month celebration organized by the students in February of 2018. The Diversity Group members thought it might be an interesting connection with the students, both multiculturally and intergenerationally. Bill contacted Barseana, who then spoke to the Diversity Group and expressed her interest in creating a connection between the two groups. As an African-American, Barseana has been exposed to discrimination her entire life, and experiences it today living in West Bend. She has five children in different schools in West Bend, and she wanted a group where her kids could connect with others needing acceptance among their peers. The Multicultural Club meets every other week, and students share thoughts and experiences with one another. They are also trying to get the school board to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as an official school holiday, with a day off for students and staff, like many other communities. The students have spoken at a school board meeting and the Diversity Group has supported them in this effort.
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The Multicultural Club and the Diversity Group have also met to enjoy a meal and games together. “We have vast experiences among our group of seniors at Cedar Community that are unknown and untapped, and we can definitely share our life experiences with the kids,” Bill says. The Diversity Group is growing, and Cedar Community assisted living residents have also shown an interest in getting more involved in the discussions. The group hopes to find a way to include all residents in their meetings, along with the greater community. Members are also interested in fostering all types of diversity in society, including race, culture, sexuality, age, differently-abled, and religious and political traditions. “We believe in diversity. It’s here now and will increase over time,” Bill says. “Whether we promote diversity or just watch it happen, we should prepare for it. We are trying to expand our horizons.”
We believe in diversity. It’s here now and will increase over time,” Bill says. “Whether we promote diversity or just watch it happen, we should prepare for it. We are trying to expand our horizons.
Resident shows support in the South during the Civil Rights Movement While Bill Rumpf was a student at the California Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, the school wanted to send volunteers to help during the Selma to Montgomery March, which was a series of civil rights protests in Alabama in March of 1965. This march was an effort to fight for federal voting rights legislation, to protect African-Americans from barriers that prevented them from voting. Bill was one of nearly 40 students supported by the school, who got on a bus and went to Selma, willing to do anything to help. The students put up and took down tents so the marchers could sleep on their four-day, 50-mile journey. Bill also volunteered to help with voter registration in Mississippi the summer before the march. “People came from all over. There was a big push to gather college students to help,” Bill says. The federal Voting Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965.
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BRIDGING THE GAP: A Diversity Group Member’s Perspective
By Rev. Steve Davidson
Driving out to the high school on a May morning, I catch myself breathing deeply and wrestling with an irksome level of anxiety. Although my wife and I raised our kids in cities, although all three of our boys dated classmates who are African-American, although one of our boys is married to a woman who is racially mixed, it’s been awhile since I have spent 120 minutes with kids of many colors. I couldn’t help but wonder whether this would work. I drive on, however, fully convinced that what we are about to do is good and right, and a means of taking one small step across the horrendous racial and cultural gap that mocks our claim as citizens of the United States of America, to be “One nation, under God, indivisible.” I look around on a Wednesday morning at the high school in West Bend. What I see brings tears to my eyes. I see several members of the Cedar Community resident Diversity Group sitting around tables with students who belong to the high school’s Multicultural Club. To sweeten the pot, several Cedar Community residents haul in tasty eats—doughnuts, muffins, granola bars, an egg dish chock full of sausage and cheese and other treats certain to work with high school students between 9 and 11 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. Sure enough, it all disappears quickly as ten Cedar Community residents and 25 high school students break bread together. As the treats go down, so also, do the tears. After we eat our fill, we settle in around a range of card and board games. While laughing our way through several rounds of “Connect 4” I think to myself, “Isn’t this beautiful? How often do we have a chance to sit down with kids of all colors and ethnic backgrounds who live in our community?”
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At 9 a.m. when we showed up and slapped on name tags, we were strangers to one another. By 11 a.m., having shared two hours of common ground, we are well on our way to becoming friends; all hoping similar events can take place in the future. As we say our goodbyes, we are certain we will see each other again. As it turns out, my anxiety was totally misplaced. Our time together just flies! On the way home, I again wrestle with emotions. It seems so simple. We have so much in common, so much to learn from one another. “Why have we chosen to live in segregated communities?” I ask the empty fruit bowl in the back seat of my car. “Isn’t this the way it’s supposed to be? Why are we so hesitant to associate with people of different colors and different ethnic backgrounds?” Later that day, I fire off a note to Barseana Simond, the high school group parent leader, thanking her for doing the “heavy lifting” in connecting the dots, bridging the gaps and putting the pieces together. I thank her for her good work as a mom, a club sponsor, a community advocate and a person of God. One of the gaps we bridged, among others, is generational. Years ago, someone said “When an older adult sits down with a younger adult, everybody wins.” On that May morning, between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m., everybody won! Our experience that day speaks volumes about the nature of Cedar Community. It provides a graphic illustration of our expressed mission which is “to model Christ’s love for humanity by creating life-enhancing relationships, services and environments.” That’s precisely what was going on around the tables that day. Hopefully, other similar experiences will be shared in the days and years to come.
Cedar Community celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2015, Cedar Community began an organized celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, by inviting local speakers and choir groups to participate, and remember King’s work and life. Cedar Community Chaplain Colleen Mas and several independent living residents are actively involved in the planning and organization of the yearly celebration. “There is a lot of energy around the event and it continues to gain momentum,” says Colleen. The celebration, held at Cedar Community’s Cedar Ridge Campus, has incorporated different ideas suggested by the resident Diversity Group, including reaching out into the Milwaukee area and inviting speakers to share some perspective and different viewpoints. At this year’s event, the Multicultural Club from the West Bend High Schools will also be joining in the celebration, speaking and sharing their personal experiences. The celebration will also include local choirs, including Cedar Community’s Choristers and EcuMen, a men’s chorus representing churches of Washington County, along with local clergy.
“By recognizing that each life has inherent value and dignity and being willing to engage, if we can do that on a one-to-one basis, we should be able to do it on a broader basis as a community,” Colleen says. “That is the challenge of diversity. It challenges some deeply held traditions and beliefs. It challenges us to really look for the value in the goodness of each individual. It’s a national holiday and it invites us to remember why it’s a national holiday,” she adds. “Sometimes I think we are comfortable in our routines and circles, and I think it’s inviting us to see the world in a broader perspective and remember the message of Martin Luther King, Jr.” The celebration event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend on Monday, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m., Cedar Community’s Cedar Ridge Campus, Grand Hall, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend.
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Resident life ... everyone has a story to tell
Marisue Zillig grew up in Wauwatosa, the youngest of three girls. She was the adventurous one. After graduating from Pius High School, she traveled (by bus) to Toluca, Mexico for a six-week study program. She enjoyed Mexico so much that she stayed a bit longer and returned again the following year to work as a bilingual secretary and private English tutor for the entire year. The following year, Marisue was accepted into the Peace Corps and spent four months at a training camp in Puerto Rico, after which she served two years in Panama working in community development and teaching English to five classes at the local primary school. During a month-long break, she and three Peace Corps companions made their way all around South America. They had many adventures including a nighttime search for crocodiles on a tributary of the Amazon River in the middle of Brazil. When the guide netted a small crocodile and asked if anyone wanted to hold it, Marisue, always ready for a new experience, volunteered. However, when it squirmed, she accidentally dropped it in the small dark boat, creating chaos and panic. That crocodile may have been small, but it had a mouthful of very sharp
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Olaf also enjoys life at Cedar Community!
teeth. Fortunately, the guide was able to recapture it before anyone lost any toes! Marisue was grateful her companions didn’t toss her into the river along with the crocodile!
feet—a 48-hour trip, and the train cars are equipped with oxygen. It seems there was no challenge or adventure that was too much to try anywhere and everywhere!
Returning from Panama, Marisue enrolled in the new RN Associate Degree program at Milwaukee Area Technical College. After graduating and passing her boards, she worked at the former Milwaukee County Medical Complex. It was there she met Matt Zillig who was a patient at the time. A mutual friend asked her to visit him. They soon discovered they shared a love of travel and adventure. She never expected to see him again, however, soon after his discharge he got her full name and phone number from their friend. Their first date was to the Milwaukee County Zoo. That afternoon led to a whirlwind romance; they married within six months, on October 16, 1976.
Marisue was married to Matt for 32 years, and sadly, he passed away 10 years ago. Matt worked as a computer software consultant. He trained West Bend city employees and taught at the then University of Wisconsin – Washington County and other UW campuses. He volunteered helping to create the computerized art archives for what is now known as the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Because of his teaching accomplishments, each year the newly renamed UW-Milwaukee at Washington County dedicates their first fall lecture series in honor and in memory of Matthew Zillig. Marisue is on the lecture planning committee, and this past fall, the focus country for the lecture series was Vietnam.
They settled in Milwaukee for three years. Marisue worked at the hospital while Matt pursued his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Then a call came from Zambia where Matt had taught three years prior at a remote girls’ secondary school. They were short of teachers, and asked if he would consider returning? After a short discussion with Marisue, he said yes, but told the school it would have to be a package deal, as he was now married. They sold their house and were off to Kawambwa, Zambia (where the nearest paved road is 50 miles away). He taught history and geography; she taught English grammar and literature. They remained there for two years. When they returned to Wisconsin, she continued as a nurse, and he did computer training. Their vacations consisted of tent camping all over the United States. Later, they were able to afford trips with Overseas Adventure Travel which specializes in taking small groups to remote areas. She fondly recalls staying in a tent deep in the Sahara; a tree house in the jungles of Botswana, Africa (where in the night, they heard a hippopotamus walking beneath them); a hammock on an island off the coast of Panama; and other such rustic accommodations. Modes of transportation were varied. They rode camels in Egypt and Morocco, elephants in India and Thailand, small boats in Halong Bay in Vietnam, and took a train connecting Beijing, China to Lhasa, Tibet over 2,500 miles. It’s the highest track in the world, with altitudes of nearly 17,000
Marisue was quite familiar with Cedar Community long before moving here in June 2018. Her mother was in the nursing home, and her father in assisted living. She lived out in the country between West Bend and Kewaskum before moving here as she no longer wanted to own a home. She loved the naturalness of the environment of Cedar Community, and knew of the friendliness of everyone and the sense of community. She admits she probably joined too many activities since moving here, but she loves all that she is doing. She also has a dachshund named Olaf, a cute friendly little dog! She taught him to pray before eating by folding his paws. She worked as a registered nurse in various locations, including in home care and she also coordinated a hospice volunteer group. Marisue continues to offer her services for the Cedar Community hospice program, at the Albrecht Free Clinic in West Bend and she volunteers for Interfaith Caregivers. She loves music and enjoys singing with the Village Choristers. She enjoys card games, theater, reading, belongs to a Village book club and enjoys shopping at thrift stores and traveling. She also enjoys visiting family in Washington state and Florida, and friends in Mexico. Gladys Sachse
Resident, Cedar Community Independent Living
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FULFILLING A LIFELONG DREAM Joining the Peace Corps
A 62-year-old, twice widowed, mother of seven, grandmother of nine, dissolves the management company she created, joins the Peace Corps in 1994 to help a cooperative of rug weavers in Oodi, Botswana, and enjoys life while living in a thatched roof hut with no electricity or running water. It might sound like a movie plot, but thatâ€™s the story of Cedar Community independent living resident Joan Hoff. 14
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Joan lost her mother when she was 10 years old, and her dad when she was 14. She and her five brothers and sisters raised themselves, with the oldest sibling being 20 years old. They had an aunt and uncle who stopped in occasionally to check on their wellbeing. Joan attended Pius High School in Milwaukee, but left school in January of her senior year. She was married with two children at the age of 21, when her husband was killed in a collision with a train. She met her second husband when she was 29 years old. He had three boys, and she had a boy and girl, and together, they had two more children. When she was 41 years old, she lost her second husband to complications of diabetes, and was left to raise all seven kids on her own. After the loss of her second husband, Joan worked at her kid’s school for the hot lunch program, which worked out well, because she could be home when the children were home. She also took on various sewing and alteration work when she could. Her sewing skills landed her a job at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where she taught rug making in the home economics department. She taught there for about 10 years, and when her youngest child was 18, she decided to go back to MATC as a student to get her high school degree. She found out she had enough credits to graduate and received her high school diploma. Joan began her next career working at the Medical Society of Milwaukee for eight years as an executive secretary. She planned and attended the organization’s meetings. “When I realized I was as far as I could go at the society, I thought to myself, I can do this type of work on my own,” Joan says.
She thought she would target smaller associations. Joan quit her job at the society, and within 10 years, she had 10 associations that were headquartered with her business. She had two employees, and they did everything the associations didn’t want to handle for themselves including mailings, hosting and organizing annual meetings, board meetings, committee meetings and taking minutes at the various meetings. When she was 61 years old, she dissolved the corporation and sold the assets to chase after her lifelong dream of joining the Peace Corps. “I wanted to join the Peace Corps ever since it was started, but I had a bunch of kids and it just wasn’t my time. When my youngest was settled and all the kids were on their own, it was time,” Joan says. The process of applying and being accepted by the Peace Corps took her a year and a half to complete. The application process is very involved and includes a medical screening. “Because of my voice tremor, they thought I had Parkinson’s, which I did not. It was an extensive medical evaluation,” says Joan. A background check and follow up with recommendations was next in the approval process. After clearing the application process, her first assignment was supposed to be in the former Soviet Union (USSR), but it was cancelled when the USSR collapsed. Shortly after her first assignment was cancelled, she received a call with an assignment to Botswana. “When I received notice of my next assignment, I hung up the phone and quickly ran to a map to see where Botswana was,” laughs Joan. Due to her background and experience in business, she was assigned to a village cooperative to teach the locals how to be self-sustaining and profitable.
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Joan spent a few weeks in Philadelphia going through the orientation process. Next, she was off for an eight-week training in Botswana that included courses in Setswana (the local tribal language); lectures and discussion on political, development, economic and cultural issues of Botswana and the Southern African region; and technical training in small business development. Once she passed her training, she was officially enrolled in the Peace Corps and served the next two years and three months as a business advisor assigned to Lentswe la Oodi, a rural weaving cooperative located in the Village of Oodi. Since she herself was a weaver, it was a good fit. She lived in a thatched roof hut in a village where there was no electricity, refrigeration or running water. There were two men, one from Ireland and one from England, who lived in the village and rented a home from the cooperative. One was a plumber and the other an electrician, and they rigged up an outdoor shower for her. The temperatures reached 120 degrees
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some days. There was also a community pump for water. Joan was the only white woman living in the village. The local men left the village to work in the diamond mines and would come back twice a year, bringing back little money. The local women were left to survive on their own. “The women of the village were very peaceful and loving people,” says Joan. “They were subsistence farmers.” The women of the cooperative wove blankets and tapestries for tourists, a skill they were taught by a Swedish couple in the mid-1970s. Joan’s primary responsibility was to help the cooperative out of bankruptcy and achieve profitability. She also served as their interim manager due to lack of leadership within the cooperative. Joan developed a marketing plan including the creation of a logo, signage, letterhead, business cards and promotional materials for advertising the cooperative’s tapestries. She also provided guidance on selecting raw materials, product design, quality control and production and inventory
control. Joan established a pricing system, annual budget and sales goals. Money generated from sales was used to pay wages and purchase raw materials. Joan worked with a bookkeeper to create a recording system. She also established set work and lunch hours. Joan was successful in acquiring grant money for the retail store and the construction of a dining hall for school children. When she finished her work in the Peace Corps in July of 1996, the cooperative was profitable. The cooperative in Botswana was Joan’s only assignment. She could have reapplied to extend her time in the Peace Corps, but she missed her family and the grandchildren she hadn’t seen during those two years of service. She did communicate with family through letters, which could take up to eight weeks to get to their destination. The village did have a phone, but it was solar operated, and the locals would steal the panels and wires. They also had six weeks of rain, so no sun meant no service.
“The Peace Corps experience was wonderful, and I loved it, but it’s not for everybody,” Joan says. While in Botswana, Joan kept journals of her time in the Peace Corps which describe, in depth, her experiences. She shares the journals and her experiences with friends and family, along with the many artifacts she acquired during her time in Botswana. Unfortunately, after all her hard work and commitment, Joan learned the cooperative couldn’t absorb the concepts of capitalism and how to make money, pay expenses and plan for the future. “They just didn’t have the confidence or drive to keep the business going and they weren’t good about sticking to production timelines which meant lost sales from tourists leaving and items not being finished,” Joan says. After her assignment in Botswana, Joan enjoyed traveling for two months with her son, Andy. They ventured to India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. “At times it was difficult because we had to learn the land, currency and a little bit of the language, and we were constantly picking up and going,” Joan says. They also traveled to Antarctica, Alaska and took a train ride through the Rockies and Canada. “I have been to many places and lived it,” she says. When Joan returned home to West Allis after the Peace Corps, she lived for a few weeks with her children, because she had sold her home and car before she left. When she started looking for a home, she wanted a place that was peaceful and not located within the city, yet within an hour of West Allis. She found a house in Campbellsport. After her adventures and upon returning home, she became a little bored. One day Joan ventured out to the Kettle Moraine State Park and talked with the staff, letting them know she returned from the Peace Corps and wasn’t happy sitting home, and needed something to fill her days. They created a position for her, and she ended up working in the Ice Age Center. “It was fun, something different,” says Joan. She worked at the center for six years. After living in Campbellsport for 12 years, Joan decided it was time to move. She had shoulder issues and a big house to maintain, from grass cutting to snow shoveling. “I had been to Cedar Community’s independent living apartments for a couple of programs, so I was acquainted with them,” she says. It was the only place she had visited and made the move in 2010. Joan likes to stay busy and that’s why when an on-call staff position opened at the apartments, she applied and was hired. “I am not a lunch and shopping person,” laughs Joan. At Cedar Community’s independent living, Joan enjoys a more laid-back lifestyle. “There is everything you could want here. You can lead a full life without even leaving,” says Joan. She has enjoyed travels throughout her life, but now enjoys the quiet time. “There are enough interesting things here, I don’t have to leave,” says Joan. She loves to garden, and even tried to keep a tomato plant alive while in the dessert of Botswana, to no avail with the village goats. At the independent apartments, Joan enjoys the two garden plots she tends to each year. “I have cut back on the amount of activities I attend and am content being in my apartment where I enjoy knitting and reading. I know they say old people shouldn’t become isolated, but I am happy to slow down a little,” says Joan. She does still get out often enough, leading a book club and playing cards with other residents. Joan also enjoys the time with her children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and she will always treasure her time serving in the Peace Corps.
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MINISTRY: OUR SHARED MISSION
Serving those in need with respect and dignity
Ministry has always been at the heart of what Cedar Community is and does. Along with people, prosperity, stewardship, excellence and experience, ministry is one of the governing principles that guide the fulfillment of Cedar Community’s mission. Founded by a local pastor Julie Jennings in the 1950s, Vice President of Ministry Cedar Community has been long considered a partner in ministry of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC). It is tempting to associate ministry at Cedar Community with its faith heritage, and there is good reason to do so. The Christian traditions from which the UCC was formed, are steeped in philanthropic acts and bold endeavors to serve those in need. Hospitals, schools, orphanages and homes for the elderly all came into being as our faithful forbearers charitably spent their warm-hearted faith in the world. Ministry is also inextricably tied to the work of the chaplains at Cedar Community. This team accompanies residents through some of life’s most difficult transitions,
providing comfort and support, and helping residents make meaning and find new purpose. Weekly chapel offerings help to maintain the rhythm of faith and worship, and through purposeful presence, our chaplains remind residents and team members alike that we are not alone, no matter where we are. While ministry at Cedar Community is all of these things, it is also more. A quick look in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary reveals that ministry is often understood as the roles and duties fulfilled by a minister (most commonly understood to be a religious leader). It might also be defined as the period of time during which those roles and duties are being performed. But, a more basic definition of ministry is “the person or thing through which something is accomplished.” In Greek, the word for ministry is diakonia, which means “service.” And, minister, or diakonos, is more aptly translated as “servant.” At Cedar Community, we have a legacy of serving those in our care with compassion, respect and dignity. In addition to our chaplaincy services, Cedar Community’s hospitable sales and admission process, meaningful life enrichment opportunities, high-quality medical care, responsive maintenance and repair team and so many more departments, tend to resident needs with integrity and grace. Supported by various departments across Cedar Community, residents initiate mission events that meet needs of the wider community, seek intentional community engagement and develop creative opportunities that tap into an inner spirituality. Although our historical faith roots and chaplaincy team are vital to fulfilling our mission, ministry at Cedar Community is not just an origin story or the work of a single department. At Cedar Community, ministry is who we all are, and what we all do together!
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ROOTED IN THE VALUES OF THE UCC
Cedar Community provides compassionate care to all residents A little over sixty years ago the Rev. Louis Riesch launched a vision to serve older adults on a beautiful piece of property nestled along the shores of Big Cedar Lake. The property had been given to the United Church of Christ (UCC), a new progressive leaning denomination constituted in 1957 upon the Rev. Franz Rigert merger of the Conference Minister Evangelical and Reformed tradition and the Congregational Christian churches. The first “home” on the Cedar Community campus served 22 seniors. Today Cedar Community is comprised of five campuses, over 900 residents, with nearly 500 employees and 350 volunteers, and the vision of a compassionate community rooted in the values of the UCC carries on. These values include a wide welcome and warm hospitality; deep love for creation and all God’s people; and a commitment to comprehensive wellness, prioritizing spiritual care and relational connection, alongside physical and mental health. The partnership between Cedar Community and the UCC lives on through this shared history and through these sacred values. On a national level, the UCC is engaging an initiative to protect and care for that which is most vulnerable in our world. Our “3 Great Loves” campaign calls upon congregations to focus their missional efforts around the love of Creation, the love of neighbor, and the love of children. Based upon the teachings and life of Jesus, we open our hearts and
doors to the beautiful diversity of culture, race and spirituality in our world. We commit particular care, compassion and advocacy to those who are too often relegated to the margins of life: the LGBTQ community, migrant people fleeing from danger, the poor among us, and those who suffer brokenness, abuse, addiction and grief. Yet the UCC remains a “big tent,” treasuring the sage advice of the early disciples: “In essentials, let there be unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” The Wisconsin Conference of the UCC is comprised of 40,000 people worshiping in 218 congregations, connected to several historically related universities and affiliated agencies, including Cedar Community. Our local churches engage in global missions, but often specialize in local ministries such as soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, elder care, preschools and clothing closets. Many of our congregations provide a monthly community meal, free to all, as an expression of extravagant love and an invitation to share kinship and sustenance together. This summer, for the first time, the Wisconsin Conference will host the national biannual gathering of the UCC. “General Synod 32” will take place in Milwaukee, from June 21-25, 2019. We plan to enlist 300 volunteers to help achieve our goal of hosting with exceptional hospitality! In conjunction with this undertaking, we are eager to share the story of our various ministries, as well as the bustling renaissance and lingering struggles of Wisconsin’s largest city, acknowledging in particular the wide racial inequities that persist in Milwaukee. We in the UCC deeply cherish our historical connection and our strong continuing relationship with Cedar Community. We share together, as sacred values, holistic care for each resident, the wellness of the whole community and heartfelt compassion for the wider world in which we live. Residents enjoy a breadth of social activities, interest groups, book studies, coffee discussions, cultural experiences and lifelong learning opportunities. At Cedar Community there is a vibrant spirit of curiosity and adventure, prompting residents to live and love to their fullest capacity—to Live More!
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Celebrating outstanding team members Every quarter, Cedar Community recognizes team members who go above and beyond their everyday tasks for our residents, families, volunteers and their fellow team members. Cedar Community is proud to recognize our Team Members of the Quarter Award winners:
Andrea Collien, RN and Tom Bauer, Plant Operations Supervisor. ANDREA “ANNIE” COLLIEN Annie Collien earned an RN degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and has been working as a registered nurse for seven years. She has worked at Cedar Community for three years as a RN Supervisor, and she also serves as a charge nurse. Andrea can be found taking care of residents on the Crossings A household at Cedar Community’s shortterm rehabilitation. She typically works a 12-hour shift every Saturday and Sunday. “I wanted to work the weekend program because it works well for me personally, since I have four children. I can be there for my kids during the week and still be able to work,” says Annie. One of the benefits of working the weekend program is that Annie works 24 hours and gets paid for 36. “The weekend program saves money on daycare expenses and allows moms to be home with their kids,” says Annie. Annie also enjoys the flexible schedule at Cedar Community if she needs to take a day off. She also enjoys the camaraderie of her team members. Annie’s role between supervisor and charge nurse allows her to still have contact
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caring for patients. “I like caring for people and being able to use my skills providing a variety of care,” says Annie. Annie was nominated by fellow team members for the Employee of the Quarter and her nomination form included the following comments: Always willing to help out, no matter what. Always a team player. Works well with everyone. A remarkable RN and we are so glad she is on our team. Always a positive attitude and willing to educate others.
Annie is the epitome of what a nurse should be, a supportive coworker, thorough and caring no matter the stress or situation. Matthew Bramstedt, RN Supervisor
TOM BAUER Tom Bauer is the Plant Operations Supervisor at Cedar Community and has worked in that department for five years. He covers the maintenance for nearly all of Cedar Community’s five campuses. His duties range from repairs, ordering and maintaining appliances and water softeners and daily maintenance of the buildings. Tom also fixes wheelchairs, walkers and lift chairs for all residents. Tom’s background includes a little bit of everything including carpentry, electrical work, factory work and at Home Depot, where he worked for seven years before joining Cedar Community. Tom likes to work with his hands, so when he saw an opening to leave the retail world, he applied. He works full time and enjoys talking with residents and getting to know their history. “Every resident has a story to tell and such a diverse background. It’s amazing getting to know many of them,” says Tom. In his spare time, Tom enjoys working on construction projects, something he calls his fun money.
Tom’s team members commented that he works hard to make sure Cedar Community is a great place for our residents. They also said Tom is the go-to person when you need something, and that he has a great personality and gets along with everyone. They also noted that he likes to have fun, but still gets the job done.
Tom prides himself on going above and beyond, providing great customer service to all residents and team members, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Gary Karnitz, Director of Plant Operations
To learn more about Cedar Community’s career opportunities, visit the careers page at cedarcommunity.org. Cedar Community offers great benefits, including a wellness clinic. Team members, their spouses and dependents on Cedar Community’s health insurance plan can be seen for FREE by our licensed physician assistant. The clinic hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. cedarcommunity.org
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THE GIFT OF FAITH, FAMILY AND FRIEN Peace of mind for one resident and her family Carol Eckardt grew up in Sheboygan Falls, and she and her late husband, Alfred, ran a family farm in Manitowoc County for nearly 25 years. She joined Bethel United Church of Christ 56 years ago, when she and Albert were married and is still an active church member today. “I try not to miss church, and I participate in everything I can,” Carol says. She learned about Cedar Community’s campus in Elkhart Lake through her church, when the campus opened just over ten years ago. Carol didn’t have plans to move to assisted living, but she had been falling quite a bit in her home in Howards Grove, and had experienced several broken bones and surgeries. About two years ago, she fell once again, and broke her ankle. After that ankle surgery, she and her doctor discussed that it was no longer safe for Carol to be alone in her home.
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She needed to find an assisted living option, and she began working with Sheboygan County and Care Wisconsin, a managed care organization. Care Wisconsin helps people who need to use Family Care funding, which is state Medicaid assistance for those in assisted living. She had hoped to live close to her daughter in Howards Grove, however, she wasn’t able to find an assisted living that would accept Family Care funding in that area. That is when she visited Cedar Community’s campus in Elkhart Lake, which she knew through her church, and learned that she would be able to live at Cedar Community, which accepts Family Care funding. “I came out here, and took a tour, and I fell in love with this place,” Carol says. “I just loved the friendliness of everybody, and it just seemed right for me.”
Partners In Caring®
Carol got involved right away when she moved to Cedar Community in Elkhart Lake. “I try to participate in most activities, and I exercise every morning,” she says. “I have strengthened my legs and improved my balance since moving here.”
This year, 2019, marks the 40th Anniversary of the annual Partners In Caring® fundraising campaign for Cedar Community. Our not-for-profit mission “to model Christ’s love for humanity by creating live-enhancing relationships, services and environments” is at the heart of all that we do. An important part of that mission is to accept state funding through the Medicaid and Family Care programs for residents who require financial assistance to cover the cost of their healthcare needs. Each year, Cedar Community provides an average of $3.5 million dollars of charity care to residents in assisted living and skilled nursing care.
The assisted living resident council members were looking for a new president, and several residents asked Carol to consider the job. She did accept the position and she has taken her role to heart. She talks to residents, and discusses their questions and concerns with the campus director. Carol makes sure to greet all new residents, and she even started to reach out to families when another resident passes away, gathering signatures of other residents on a card that the residents send to the family. “We want the family to know that we are thinking about them,” Carol says. “I try to keep myself busy. Usually I’m not in my apartment during the day, and they have a hard time finding me,” she laughs. She keeps her cell phone with her all of the time, so friends, family and fellow residents can track her down.
During this 40th anniversary year, we ask that you consider joining our group of amazing Partners In Caring, with a $40 gift, or perhaps even a $400 gift. Your generosity will help residents who may need financial assistance for their care to know that Cedar Community will always be a place of caring and compassionate residents, team members and donors; an extended family for all who are living out our mission each and every day. You can donate online at cedarcommunity.org/ ways-to-help/giving-options, or by returning a gift in the envelope enclosed.
Her family, including her son and daughter, as well as three grandsons and one great-grandson, celebrate all of the holidays together at Cedar Community. Carol feels that moving to Cedar Community has been a gift for her family, especially her daughter, Karen. “I took a big burden off of her shoulders. She says she doesn’t worry about me anymore and
NDS IN ELKHART LAKE she doesn’t worry about me falling,” Carol says. “She worried about what would happen during the night, while she is working third shift, but now she can live her life without worrying.”
If you would like to get more information regarding a planned estate gift to Cedar Community, please contact Amy Johnson, Planned Giving Advisor at 262.338.4625, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more information or to tour Cedar Community’s assisted living in Elkhart Lake, contact Rachel Wolfe at 262.876.4050.
She also says that she is grateful for her neighbors at Cedar Community, who are more than just her friends. “We are not just residents, we are family,” Carol says. “We are sisters and brothers here. This is home.”
Carol says she is thankful that she can live in such a beautiful place through the Family Care program. “It means a lot, because I couldn’t afford to live here otherwise,” she says. “Because at this stage, you don’t know where you are going to go or what you are going to do if you don’t have the money.”
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Out&About EVENTS | CLASSES | SEMINARS
ONGOING PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP
Third Monday of every month | 1 p.m.
Second Wednesday of every month | 1 p.m.
Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend
Cedar Community, Cedar Run Campus, The Cottages Meeting Room | 6090 Scenic Drive, West Bend
For more information, contact Jeremy Ott, 1.800.972.5455.
For more information, contact Melissa Bright, 262.306.4230.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
First Wednesday of every month | 1 p.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus, First Floor South Conference Room | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend This is an informational discussion followed by a question and answer period for anyone close to a loved one needing support, whether physically or emotionally.
TOP OF THE RIDGE RESTAURANT Cedar Community, Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend
Visit us for all these great upcoming events at our restaurant! Reservations are encouraged for themed nights and Sunday brunches.
VALENTINE DINNER SPECIAL
$7.95 (plus tax)
Enjoy a steak and lobster dinner including a 4 oz. filet mignon grilled to perfection along side a 5 oz. steamed lobster tail with drawn butter.
Served the third Sunday of the month | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
$18 /per person (plus tax)
Residents:$13.50; Guests: $16; Children (4-10): $7.95 (plus tax)
FAT TUESDAY BREAKFAST BUFFET
Every Monday | 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb 14 – Saturday, Feb. 16 | 4 to 6:30 p.m. Delicious grilled burgers served along with full menu options. (while supplies last)
THEMED MEAL NIGHTS
Tuesday, Jan. 15: Oriental Wednesday, Feb. 13: Mexican Wednesday, March 13: Italian Residents:$13; Guests: $13; Children (4-10): $7 (plus tax)
Tuesday, March 5 | 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. $11/per person (plus tax)
Starts Wednesday, March 6 and features a selection of our Friday fish favorites every Wednesday through April 17.
WINE TASTING EVENT Saturday, Feb. 2 | 4 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Advanced tickets required.
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“Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” William Cowper
“Dash” on over to Cedar Community’s independent living apartments and see what’s been “heating” up. We have “spiced” up our hallways and lounges with new lighting, paint and décor, and continue to offer countless amenities, social opportunities and worry-free days. No more home maintenance means you can “simmer” down to enjoy, explore and embrace your best life. It’s definitely the “season” for considering a move while the specials are “hot” $1,000 moving/downsizing expense credit good toward all units.*
Join us for our Annual Chili Social and Used Book Sale! Saturday, Jan. 26 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cedar Community | Cedar Ridge Campus | 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend Enjoy items for sale by our ceramics, crafters and Nimble Thimbles. Cedar Ridge Resale will be open with a 50 percent off sale on all items and furniture. Visit the train room. Tours of Cedar Community’s independent living apartments will also be available by appointment. Enjoy our famous chili, hot ham and cheese croissant, fruit, fresh baked cookie, coffee or hot apple cider – all for only $8.50! Quarts of chili to go for $7.75.
Call 262.338.4615 for a tour by Friday, Jan. 11 and receive your lunch for FREE! Only those with a tour reservation will receive a free lunch. *Certain terms and conditions apply
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CEDAR COMMUNITY RETREAT CENTER AT CEDAR VALLEY EVENTS
Cedar Valley Campus | 5349 County Road D, West Bend
Oil Painting Excitement Saturday, Feb. 2 | 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Join Jim Lackner as he guides you through the process of painting your very own masterpiece, suitable for framing after just one class. Jim breaks down breathtaking works of art into simpler steps, helping you realize your creative potential.
Glass Mosaic Pendants with Kerry Tharp
Saturday, March 16 | 1 – 5 p.m.
Create beautiful glass mosaic pendants. The mosaic process allows for endless possibilities which come from nature, emotion of color, movement and the surprises that occur during the creative process. Work from designs provided, or bring your own $80 includes instruction, all supplies to complete your ideas. No previous experience required. Each student will “ready to be framed” oil painting and lunch in the Cedar receive individual instruction. Valley dining room. $45 includes instruction and all supplies to create two beautiful mosaic pendants. Icon Painting Workshop with
Katherine de Shazer
March 8, 9 and 10 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Experience the contemplation of the image of God in humans by practicing firsthand the ancient Byzantine art of icon painting using egg tempera, natural pigments and gold leaf on a natural gesso board. Begin to learn the language of symbols and mystical theology in icons as a liturgical art. Each student will receive individual attention while completing an icon of Archangel Michael. A background in art is NOT required to be successful in this workshop, which is open to individuals of all faiths. $195 commuters, includes all supplies and daily lunch. $380 overnighters, includes all supplies, two nights stay and all meals.
Watercolor Excitement with Joyce Eesley March 22, 23 and 24 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily These all-day classes are designed for watercolor painters who have tried painting and would like additional instruction. Learn through demonstrations with ample painting time. Joyce will focus on helping you achieve exciting results, while gaining knowledge and insights by sharing tips and techniques. $120 commuters, includes lunch all three days. $290 overnighters, includes two nights stay and all meals. Supply list provided at time of registration.
Paint, Sip, Repeat Thursday, March 14 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. Join Camille Walters for this unique paint and wine studio class. Have a glass of wine or soda, enjoy being with friends and getting creative. Camille offers step-by-step instruction that anyone can do. She demonstrates the painting, so even if you can’t draw a straight line, you can do this. No previous experience required.
All classes are open to everyone. For more information or to register for any of the above classes, call 262.629.9202 or visit cedarcommunity.org. Advance registration is required.
$35 includes instruction, all supplies and a glass of wine.
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with Cedar Community Cedar Community is committed to being a leader by helping others navigate the landscape of senior living and senior health care. Each seminar will provide valuable information to help you and your loved ones plan for the future.
Thursday, January 17
Thursday, April 18
The Emotions of Making a Move
Eight Keys to Living and Dying in Joy, Peace, Love and Dignity
Alan S. Wolkenstein, MSW, ACSW, Behavioral Sciences Educator A family therapistâ€™s advice on navigating the conversation between children and their senior parents faced with a move to senior living. This seminar is geared to both the adult children and senior adults. Learn how to cope and adapt to a new life experience in this stage of the family life cycle.
Erik Swenson, Dreams Founder and Director As challenging as life may seem at times, many people are unaware just how directly our thoughts, beliefs and the choices we make in our lives, directly impact the joy, peace, love and dignity we experience. This engaging, interactive program will identify a series of eight key insights capable of empowering each person to shift and change aspects of their lives in manners that will bring them ever greater joy, peace, love and dignity throughout the remainder of their life journey.
10 a.m. Cedar Community, Cedar Lake Campus | Cedar Lodge 5595 County Road Z, West Bend Please RSVP for each seminar, 262.306.7685 or at RSVP@cedarcommunity.org.
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Non-profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID West Bend, WI Permit No. 24 5595 County Road Z | West Bend, WI 53095
CEDAR COMMUNITY SERVICES DIRECTORY Independent Living
Home Health & Hospice
· Cedar Resale at Cedar Ridge 262.338.8377
· Cedar Lake Village Homes
· Elkhart Lake Village Homes
· Home Health
· Cedar Closet 262.306.2100, ext. 4119
· Cedar Ridge Apartments
Restaurant and Catering
· Cedar Bay East
· Cedar Bay West
· Top of the Ridge Restaurant and Catering
· Cedar Bay Elkhart Lake · The Cottages (memory care)
Short-term Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing 262.306.4240
Retreat Center at Cedar Valley 262.629.9202
Cedar Community Main Number 262.306.2100
· Cedar Lake Heath and Rehabilitation Center
Enjoy the Winter 2019 Live More magazine!