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s one of 237 new senior housing Kissimmee. He’s an avid student of  residents making their homes at Florida’s history, including the natural Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee connection between Shingle Creek and Village this year, Richard Simmons has the state’s critical waterways. seen his life make a complete circle. This year, Richard and Kay’s daughters Richard’s family homesteaded in helped them sell their property in prepaFlorida in 1821, the year the United ration to downsize and move. It was States purchased the land from Spain. Kay and the girls who “fell in love with” He graduated from Osceola High School Kissimmee Village. in 1946 and says that, like many towns, “I would not have moved here 10 or 15 Kissimmee has changed over the years. years ago,” Richard says. “It was alright “It was so small that I played in the but it’s really been upgraded in recent band, but I also had to play football,” years. It’s an exciting place to be.” Richard says. “So when the games came They moved into their apartment at along, they had to bring up kids from the Village West in September. junior high to play in the band.” Friends from church and other He remembers riding his bike in the Kissimmee acquaintances also live in the natural, open areas near today’s Village. Village. “One of my classmates was a A white sand beach along a curve in the Miss Florida at one time,” Richard says. creek attracted young people and earned “Even she moved out here. We all got the name “Little Daytona.” older.”  Fishing has always been popular in the area. Richard remembers people would park along Pleasant Hill Road and hike to an area of rushing water nicknamed “the falls” where bass were plentiful. Richard served 35 years as a city manager in various communities around Florida. In 1960, he was among the civic leaders who helped found Winter Park’s popular Sidewalk Art Festival. Melbourne, West Palm Beach and Kissimmee are included in the locations on his extensive resume. Boating on Shingle Creek provides entertainment and Following retirement, Richard and relaxation. his wife, Kay, continued to live in I n C h r i s t ’s L o v e , E v e r y o n e I s S o m e o n e

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Coming events Special events and meals are planned for the holidays. Check the calendar or stop by a hostess desk for details.

Dec. 15

2 p.m. Singing Christmas Trees, First Baptist Church, Orlando, $25

Dec. 25

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Christmas Day Dinner, community center, $10

Dec. 31

8 p.m. New Year’s Eve Bash, community center Event includes hors d’oeuvres, 10-piece band and dancing

E xecutive director from the

We are proud of the rating, but it is just one of many factors that can help when choosing a long-term care center for a loved one.

Welcoming friends and celebrating a big win By Luann Foos


s the Florida breezes cool  and the holidays approach, we expect our northern friends to be joining us soon at Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village. I know you will help me welcome them home. I’m always happy to see new residents at special events and using the amenities we all enjoy at the Village. I know they learn quickly and find their way around more easily because of the invitations and offers of help that they have received from their neighbors.

Congratulations to Administrator Kayln Johnson and her team at the healthcare center. They have achieved a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ quality rating system. This top rating is based on the center’s performance on its annual health survey, staffing levels and quality of care data. We are proud of it, but the rating is one of many factors that can help when choosing a long-term care center for a loved one. A rating of our services does not adequately reflect all the care and love residents receive there every day. We believe in working together

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to provide residents with the fullest life possible. What truly sets the healthcare center apart from other long-term care centers is our compassionate staff members and dedication to the mission of sharing God’s love in word and deed with every resident. You may have noticed that the lobby renovations have begun at the healthcare center. Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to grow at Kissimmee Village. You’ll find the temporary main entrance at the end of the acute rehabilitation wing nearest the prayer chapel. 

G race notes Being grateful is a year-round goal Dr. Tim Nordstrom

By Dr. Tim Nordstrom Village Pastor


n Luke 17:11-19, Jesus met 10 lepers who asked Him to heal them of their terrible disease. The Bible says Jesus had compassion on them and they were healed. But only one returned to thank Him. It’s all about gratitude. Ten lepers approached with tales of woe and pleas for healing. They were tired of being outcasts and their hopes were high. Jesus sent them to be examined by the priests who had medical authority to pronounce them clean,

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if they were indeed healed. The trip would have to be an exercise of faith and trust in Jesus to work a miracle after they left Him. While they stood in His presence, no change was evident. Nevertheless, they left in faith and discovered happily their miracle of healing along the way. Nine lepers rejoiced and proceeded on their journey. Only one “turned back, praising God with a loud voice.” Only one thanked Jesus. The fact that he returned alone without the other nine was not lost on Jesus. More in sadness than in anger our Lord asked, “Were not 10 cleansed? Where are the nine?” One out of 10 is not a good


response rate. Where were the others? Gratitude. It’s neglected by too many Christians. We have received countless blessings from the Lord. But are we thankful? In the story about the 10 lepers, would you have been with the one who returned to give thanks? Or would you have been among the others who never gave a word of gratitude? Thanksgiving Day reminds us to be thankful. It’s a time to stop complaining, to pause and count our blessings. Let us be thankful, not just once a year, but every day for all we’ve been given. If there is any way I can be of assistance to you, please call me at (407) 933-3743.  November January 2012 2008


illage celebrations

Community Builders Thank you to the following residents who have recommended Kissimmee Village to their friends and family: Laura Jerstad, John Hoeger, Charolette Gauger, Pauline Odell, Jean House, Ezequiel and Anna Casillas, James and Louise Campbell, Boon Pong Ventresca and Brenda Harrah.

New neighbors Birchwood Court Michael Harrington Gerald Holmes Cypress Landings Arlene McEnroe Cecile Parent Magnolia Way Julie Burrows Bernice Stein The Island David and Dorothy Klopfenstein WalnutGlen Mason and Janice Mastera Iris Colon

Birthdays Nov. 1 Phoebe Southerland Jackie Teal Anne Corle Nov. 2 Lucinda Parker Stanley Rice Alvin Moser Victoria Moller Florence Schaal Nov. 3 Peter Crowley John Vives Bridget Burke April Campopiano

Nov. 4 Carlos Monserrate Betty Sandhagen

Nov. 17 Martha Fisher Barbara Breininger Mary Frontz Louise Trexler

Nov. 5 Thomas Beswick Sherman Perry

Nov. 18 Mark Nothnagle Hilda MacColeman

Nov. 6 Ascencio Rodriguez

Nov. 19 Mary Gentry Louise Russell

Nov. 7 Keith Copeland Walter Holliday Elaine Porch

Nov. 20 Janice St. Denis Robert McVann Jeanne Samuels Chip Updegraff Alfreda Hayes

Nov. 8 David Burman Glen Youngquist Janet Perry Nov. 9 Eleanor Ostroth Aurora Denisac

Nov. 21 Trudi Krawczyk George Harris Janet Fishel Pura Gonzalez

Nov. 10 John Stickle David Walters Vincent Trexler John Frawley

Nov. 24 Carol Lodholz Nov. 25 Lynn Fleeger Sylvia Dorrington Myrtle Wolf

Nov. 11 Malvina Castellano Muriel Essary Vivian Jydstrup

Nov. 26 Thomas Brownell Victoria Becker Leland Dunwoody Barbara Journigan Anna Casillas

Nov. 12 James Thompson Frances Hickey Karen Roush Nov. 13 Jacqueline Moser Barbara Blake Willamene Billings

Nov. 27 Pamela Clark Guillermina Reed Barbara Virgadamo Carole Roberts Dorothy Giacoia Barbara Huddleston

Nov. 14 Gloria Rivera Nov. 15 Joe Blankenship Alden Glauch Carmen Marcano Bruce Bird

Nov. 28 Margaret Lewis Norman Fout John Gall Karen Gessner William Journigan

Nov. 16 Robert Myers Gilbert Hervatin Luis Cruz Ronald Leeseberg

Oscar Powell Jane Stoddard Nov. 30 Howard Chronister Wayne Lachance Jim Kovalik Diane Schank Mary Jo Vasi Anna Blessing Gerald Holmes

Anniversaries Celebrating 1–24 years Harvey and Eleanor Davids, Nov. 3 Charles Johnson and Carole McKinney, Nov. 4 Sherman and Josefina Perry, Nov. 5 Celebrating 25 – 49 years Thomas and Dorothy Morgan, Nov. 18 Bob and Molly Ramsier, Nov. 18 Mason and Janice Mastera, Nov. 22 Joseph and Patricia Kurtz, Nov. 28 Patrick and Carolyn Lamond, Nov. 29 Celebrating 50 – 59 years Thomas and Mary Diane Beswick, Nov. 18 William and Barbara Journigan, Nov. 21 Kenneth and Barbara Caldwell, Nov. 21 George and Edith Owens, Nov. 23 Aurelio Ortiz and Aida Cintron, Nov. 26 Celebrating 60+ years David and Helen Mulbarger, Nov. 1 J.L. and Sue Watson, Nov. 1 Carl and Lois Willis, Nov. 3

Nov. 29 Henry Fedeson

We apologize for any omissions. Please call Ele in marketing at (407) 933-1999 if your information has been left out or reported incorrectly.

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The mission of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that

In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone. Heritage Creekside

Open every day Takeout (407) 870-2218

Dining Room

Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dinner 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Heritage Creekside Bistro

Breakfast 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Community Center

Sunday–Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Closed Saturdays Takeout (407) 933-3246

Fairway Cafe

Monday–Saturday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closed Sundays Takeout (407) 846-1056 Master Card and Visa require a $5 minimum purchase.

Village Mobile Meals

Home-delivered lunches (407) 870-2218 Village Golf Cart Sales and Service (407) 933-3250 Monday – Friday, 7 a.m.– 3 p.m. Good Samaritan Society – Home Care (407) 944-0990 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Lab work 7:30 – 9 a.m.

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embers of Good Samaritan Community Church, located on the campus of Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village, are welcoming a new pastor, the Rev. Marc Haynes, and his wife, Cheryl. A former engineer in the New York City area, Marc earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, N.Y. He has served in pastoral ministry for 27 years, first as a youth pastor in a Congregational church, then as senior pastor in four different Christian and Missionary Alliance churches. For the past two years, he has served as pastor, teacher and counselor to troubled congregations in eastern Pennsylvania. Cheryl is an active leader of Bible classes for various age groups. She leads women’s mentoring programs and has facilitated grief share groups. She also has worked with seniors

Village directory

Executive Director Luann Foos Interim Campus Administrator Javier Espinosa Home Care Administrator Debbie Coy Director of Community Relations and Resource Development George Weber Interim Human Resources Director Melissa Postigo Marketing Director Ken Lyons Lifestyles Program Director Franca Gilmore Director of Environmental Services Robert Thompson Village Pastor Dr. Tim Nordstrom Senior Housing Director David Monast Heritage Creekside Housing Director Luz Baez

Rev. Marc Haynes

and others in need through home healthcare. Votes by leadership and congregation members were unanimous in favor of calling Marc and Cheryl to the church. Please welcome them as they relocate and make their home in the Village. 

Healthcare center directory Administrator Kayln Johnson Director of Nursing Karen Sariga Director of Social Services Melissa Dering Director of Health Information Management Julie McIntosh Activities Director Laurie Stevens

Family swim hours Indoor pool family swim 6 p.m.– 9 p.m. Outdoor family swim 1 p.m.–7 p.m.

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The Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village is a not-for-profit organization that closely follows the Good Samaritan Society’s standards of excellence, Christ-centered mission and philosophy of caring for the whole person, body and soul. The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society provides housing and services to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin or other protected statuses according to applicable federal, state or local laws. All faiths or beliefs are welcome. © 2012 The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. All rights reserved. Volume 12 / Number 11

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