Typically, Thursdays are the kind of day where you say to yourself, “Only one more day until Friday!” But on Thursday, June 27th – Employees at Liberty’s Whitemarsh office in Ambler were happy to come to work, honored with a Staff Appreciation Lunch. The Whitemarsh office serves as the organization’s headquarters, housing about 50 positions – most of the Executive team, as well as Advancement, Finance, Human Resources and administrative support.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) defines a long-distance caregiver as an individual who lives one hour or more away from the person who needs care. Whether you are providing support through frequent phone conversations, helping to arrange home care services, or occasionally providing a much-needed break for aging parents, navigating the confusing maze of available resources can become a full-time job very quickly. You are definitely not alone. NIA records indicate there may be more than seven million people throughout the United States in the same situation, regardless of gender, income, age, social status or employment.
Paul’s Run Retirement Community, a service of Liberty Lutheran, celebrated the marriages of ten couples with a marriage vow renewal ceremony. Pastor Steven Weisser officiated the service before a packed house in the auditorium of the Northeast Philadelphia community. The couples sat at the front of the room, side by side, and recited the vows to each other.
Congratulations to the following employees who reach major milestones
in June, July and August!
Graduates wore invisible caps and gowns and big smiles as they marched into the dining room at Paul’s Run, before a small crowd of co-workers and supervisors there to support them.
Written By – Richard Taylor, LCFS Foster Care Case Manager
“Fathers are far more than just ‘second adults’ in the home. Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.” -Dr. David Popenoe, Sociologist
Father’s Day falls on June 16 this year, a time to gather for dinner, give dad the routine neck tie gift, and honor his contributions to fatherhood. But for many families it will just be another day of the week. Unfortunately, many of homes today are absent of fathers, giving no reason for celebration on a day to honor dads. As Father’s Day approaches, I want to reflect on the importance of two-parent households and how the role of fatherhood impacts a child – particularly through my experiences in the foster care system.
For the last 150 years, Mary J Drexel on Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd has been a symbol of excellence for the nursing care of older adults. It joined the Liberty Lutheran Family of Services in 2008 and today is in midst of a major transformation that will allow for a new model for care and community life for older adults at this historic site.
Crews are hard at work these days to turn the property into a state-of-the-art Assisted Living Community. The former nursing home and cottage were demolished in the spring of 2012. Dave DeLuca, Director of Real Estate for Liberty Lutheran, said they were able to get some materials in the ground before the winter and then battled through the cold and freezing weather to lay the foundation before spring.
“Every day it wasn’t snowing, we were here working on the rock and working on the foundation pieces,” DeLuca explained.
Senior Health and Wellness took center stage at several events within Liberty Lutheran’s Family of Services during the last week of May.
The Village of Penn State (VPS,) in State College, PA, recognized National Senior Health and Wellness Day on May 29th. 40 residents of the senior community started off the action-packed day with a putting clinic and contest ran by the PSU Golf coach. The residents also participated in some outdoor games such as corn hole, ladder ball, hula hooping, and badminton. They enjoyed a healthy outdoor picnic lunch, followed by “make-your-own-healthy-trail-mix” buffet.
Rhythmic beats, laughter and applause traversed the 3rd floor of Liberty Lutheran’s Whitemarsh office building. Employees cheered and danced, while band members happily played their instruments. The lunchtime fiesta was courtesy of Alberto Pagan Ramirez, a musician and teacher from Instituto Puertorriqueno de Musica, or the Puerto Rican Institute of Music, in Philadelphia. He was accompanied by some of his students who entertained with traditional Puerto Rican music.