ABHM Inner Circle 2017

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LOOK INSIDE: Making Memories Last Forever Spiritual Care Grows at ABHM Communities Harold W. Kleinpaste Nursing Scholarship

FALL 2017


You Make the Difference


ith the holidays drawing near, now is a good time to reconnect with family and to reflect on our good fortune and spirituality. To consider our blessings and the people and organizations we’d like to share them with, ’Tis the season of giving, after all. This often begs the question—who would you like to donate to?

When people think about giving, nonprofit organizations like ABHM and others are often near the top of the list. This year we ask that you look to ABHM or the ABHM community of your choice, and the impact your donation would have on the lives of residents and families. Here is how our donors make a difference.

The Community at Franklin Park – Denver, CO

The Mission Legacy Fund ensures the

donation opportunities contact Trail

The spouse of a memory care resident

ABHM mission endures and we continue

Ridge Development Officer, Al Svennes

recently made a generous donation

to empower older adults by providing

at asvennes@abhomes.org, or call

to The Community at Franklin Park to

choices for housing, services and

(605) 339.4847.

support the health center residents.

technology that enrich body, mind and spirit.

Elm Crest – Harlan, IA

Tudor Oaks – Muskego, WI To improve access to the beautiful 100

Resident family members show their

Thorne Crest – Albert Lea, MN

acres surrounding the community,

support by donating to the Elm Crest/

Numerous residents made memorial gifts

Tudor Oaks is planning a significant

ABHM Kleinpaste Nursing Scholarship

to Thorne Crest in honor of a longtime

landscaping project. When the project

Fund to help staff members continue

resident and community supporter.

is complete, residents will be able to

their education.

Residents take comfort knowing their

more easily move around the campus

gift pays tribute to his memory and will

grounds and enjoy the great outdoors.

Maple Crest – Omaha, NE

enhance the campus for the residents of

To learn more about the project and

Organizations in and around Omaha,

today and tomorrow.

other ways to donate contact Tudor Oaks

such as American Baptist Churches of

Development Officer, Chuck Lamson at

Nebraska, generously donate to Maple

Trail Ridge – Sioux Falls, SD

clamson@abhomes.org, or call

Crest ensuring that residents enjoy all

Again this year donors demonstrated

(414) 529.0100.

the comforts of home.

their overwhelming support and raised over $25,000 at the 3rd annual Trail

Crest Services – MN and IA

Mountain Vista – Wheat Ridge, CO

Ridge Golf Tournament. The donations

Family members and other generous

At Mountain Vista, a resident’s family

will help finance a landscaping project

donors help Crest Services continue

member recently made a very generous

to beautify the community grounds. To

to provide quality service to their

gift to the ABHM Mission Legacy Fund.

learn more about the project and other

developmentally disabled adults.


Making Memories Last Forever A Gift to Honor a Special Person


hen someone close to us passes away, celebrating the person’s life and reflecting on favorite memories can help us cope. One way to help a loved one’s legacy live on is to establish a memorial gift in his or her honor. If that person had a special connection to an ABHM community, then a gift to the community makes the memorial even more meaningful.

Please contact us to discuss ways that you can make a gift in honor of a special person. We’d be happy to work with you to create a gift that properly





honors his or her memory.


Memorials honor the lives

Your gift may be given to

Cash is a popular and

Even the smallest gifts

of friends or loved ones.

us today to help support

easy way to make

make a difference,

You can make a gift to

our most immediate

a gift, but you can

especially when it comes

ABHM without restrictions,

needs, or you can

also use securities

to honoring others. It’s

or the gift can support a

include a gift in your will

or other assets. Gifts

your thoughtfulness that

particular fund or program

or living trust, stating

of appreciated stock,

matters most. And rest

such as the campus

that a specific asset,

retirement plan assets

assured that no matter

development fund for a

certain dollar amount

or personal property are

the size of your gift,

specific ABHM community

or percentage of your

just a few ways you can

your support will make

or the Kleinpaste Nursing

estate will pass to us

honor someone dear

a lasting impact—and a

Scholarship, which

after your lifetime in

to you while making an

lasting memory.

provides financial support

honor of your loved one.

impact at ABHM. And like

for staff members

all charitable donations,

pursuing a nursing

a memorial gift can offer


tax benefits.


Spiritual Care Grows at

Chaplains Extend a Loving Hand and Willing H


Mary Olsen says she’s grateful for the spiritual care of Rev. Randy Fredrikson.

THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY of those who have contributed to ABHM communities and the ABHM Mission Legacy Fund, our Spiritual Services program has become an industry leader in the field of long-term chaplaincy by recognizing holistic wellness includes body, mind and spirit.

n 2011 ABHM set a goal to expand and enhance spiritual care by ensuring all communities offered residents and families a comprehensive Spiritual Services program lead by a community chaplain. Today, we are proud to say that goal has been met, but there is still more to do. At each ABHM community, chaplains serve as the spiritual guide and provide residents and families the comfort and support they need. Further growth and development of the program is supported by continuing to implement the Chaplains’ Standards of Practice for Professional Chaplains in Long-Term Care—industry-leading guidelines that help shape our practice, deepen spiritual relationships and support those receiving care. A powerful example of how faith and spiritual care provide support in times of need was recently shared by Trail Ridge Senior Living Community resident Mary Olsen and Trail Ridge Chaplain Rev. Randy Fredrikson. Trail Ridge is an ABHM

community located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Mary speaks softly and deliberately, as though she’s simply waiting for the word of God to reach her lips. “I gave my heart to Jesus when I was a young girl,” she says, and it’s clear that’s where the 94-year-old’s true source of strength and security still lies. At the same time, Mary feels eternal love and gratitude for the spiritual care she’s received at Trail Ridge, particularly after her beloved husband, Wally, passed away in 2013. That’s due, in part, to the special tenderness and comfort, and the reassuring word of God that she received then and still does today at Trail Ridge from the spiritual care team of Rev. Randy Fredrikson and Chaplain Rebecca Trobec. Mary’s story is emblematic of the commitment to spiritual care—given with the utmost respect and dignity to all residents in ABHM communities. Throughout its seven Midwest senior living communities, ABHM’s mission is to create healthy Christian communities that empower older


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adults and provide choices for housing, services and technology that enrich body, mind and spirit.

Shepherds of God’s Flock Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve. —1 Peter 5:2 NIV “That verse refers back to Randy and Rebecca,” Mary says. “They do care for the flock. We can laugh and cry together. I’m so grateful for the spiritual care they bring.” An American Baptist pastor for 31 years in churches in Hudson, Wisconsin and Brookings, South Dakota, Rev. Fredrikson joined the Trail Ridge staff part-time five years ago. “I’m a Christian pastor, and along with Rebecca, we minister to all 200 residents and staff,” he says.

A Rising Need for Spiritual Care Rev. Fredrikson’s parents also were Trail Ridge residents, moving to the

community in the mid-1990s. His father, Rev. Roger Fredrikson, visited and “unofficially ministered” to fellow residents. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 95. In the last few years, Rev. Fredrikson says he’s seen a greater need for spiritual care among residents. As a result of the increased need, he spends his days serving in many ways, including visiting residents in their apartments or at area hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, attending funerals and conducting memorial services at Trail Ridge. The spiritual care program also offers Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning worship services, along with a once-a month Catholic Mass performed by a local priest. On a monthly basis Trail Ridge also hosts an open communion, sponsored by the local Lutheran church. Several Bible studies, a women’s study group and monthly hymn singa-long round out the current spiritual program, with a grief support group to start up in the near future. Rev. Fredrikson and Chaplain Trobec also lead daily devotions in the

memory care area with hymns. “Music has such a positive effect. It touches residents in such a special way,” Rev. Fredrikson says.

Big Moments in Small Places Maybe it’s in the small, unplanned moments at Trail Ridge where spiritual care heals most profoundly. “The other day a resident happened to be walking by our office,” Rev. Fredrikson says. “By the grace of God she walked by. I had just been thinking that we should go see her. She stopped and talked about her husband, her kids and how she was wounded. We sat with her and we listened. She said she usually didn’t come through this part of the building where our offices are, and she said, ‘I can’t believe this happened. This is just what I needed right now.’” No matter who shares in the moments or where they may be, the grace of God always shines within these places.


Create a Gift Plan That Works for You Turn Today’s Gift Into a Gift for Tomorrow


hen the holidays arrive and you’re inundated with requests for support, giving can quickly become overwhelming. What do you do? When people think about giving to a nonprofit like American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM), cash seems like the easiest gift to give. Write a check and it takes care of our most immediate needs, but what about the longterm needs of our communities and our residents? Regardless of the season or the time of year, there’s always a demand for the dynamic communities, quality of care, spiritual guidance and array of choices we provide for older adults. To fortify this enriching way of life well into the future, consider turning the gift you make today into a gift for tomorrow: Make a larger planned gift to the ABHM community of choice. A planned gift is a commitment to benefit countless ABHM residents for years to come. These types of gifts often involve a little more thought, but you can align them with your overall financial and estate planning goals.

The best part? Your gift is generally deferred until after your lifetime, so your current income isn’t affected. Also, with many planned gifts, you can change your mind at any time. No matter which gift type you choose, you can feel confident in knowing that your contribution will enhance the ability of ABHM to enrich the body, mind and spirit of our community residents for years to come.


Just as we’re here to help older adults navigate life’s many changes, we're here to help you when you are ready to make a planned gift to ABHM or the ABHM community of your choice.


No Stamps Required


s the season of giving ramps up, you’ll likely be sending holiday cards or gifts through the mail. Here’s one gift that doesn’t require a stamp or a trip to the mailbox: your gift to support ABHM communities. Our website makes it easy for you to learn about projects and funds that interest you, and our donation pages allow you to contribute a one-time gift or schedule a recurring donation that fits your schedule.


ISIT your community’s home page. V LICK “Donate Now.” C ROWSE the different funds and project names. B Explore those that interest you. ECIDE the amount you want to donate and D complete the fields as instructed. CLICK “Donate.”

Giving online is a convenient way to support ABHM communities, and you’ll feel good knowing you’ve made a meaningful difference in the lives of ABHM residents.

Trail Ridge Senior Living Community Donation Page


Considering making a planned gift to ABHM but don’t know where to start? Visit abhomes.myplannedgift.org to learn about different gift types and which might be the best choice for you—and the future of ABHM.

HAROLD W. KLEINPASTE NURSING SCHOLARSHIP The fundamental constant that makes ABHM communities unique is the attention and care given each and every day by our staff members. Their dedication and caring help make ABHM communities a home that enriches the body, mind and spirit of ABHM residents. Now you can show your gratitude to these extraordinary people by supporting their education. The Kleinpaste Scholarship Fund, established and maintained through donations from friends like you, provides financial support to ABHM caregivers as they seek to further their education in the field of nursing. Whether you give online, in-person or via mail, your gift to the scholarship fund will make a difference in the lives of staff members and enhance the quality of care for residents.

14850 Scenic Heights Rd., Suite 125 Eden Prairie, MN 55344-2205

American Baptist Homes of the Midwest


or more than 85 years, ABHM has created healthy, Christian communities that empower people to live life to its fullest. Providing an array of choices for housing, healthcare services and technology, we aim to enrich the body, mind

Tommy Tyler Director of Sales, Marketing and Development 14850 Scenic Heights Rd., Suite 125 Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (952) 253.1483 ttyler@abhomes.org abhomes.myplannedgift.org

and spirit of all residents living in ABHM communities. As our ministry continues to grow, we hope you’ll join us on this journey and consider supporting the future of ABHM and our residents with a gift from your will.

HOW TO REMEMBER ABHM IN YOUR WILL OR TRUST Share the following language with your estate planning attorney to add to your will or living trust.

I give to American Baptist Homes of the Midwest, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, (the sum of $________ or ________ percent of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate) for its general purposes.

The information in this publication is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.