Julianne Moore took top honors for Best Actress for her role in “Still Alice,” a 2014 film, in which she plays Alice, a Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In her Best Actress acceptance speech, Julianne expressed gratitude that her film “Still Alice” could raise awareness about early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Brothers Joel and Narcisse Bakutibe, students at Norristown High School, are settling into a new school and a new life in Pennsylvania. With support from Liberty’s Lutheran Children and Family Service Refugee Resettlement staff and many volunteers from Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairview Village, these boys are enjoying the typical activities of ninth grade students.
The brothers arrived in May 2014 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Volunteers, led by Yolanda Zimmerman and Joan Fichtner, began working together to prepare for their arrival in October 2013 – seven months prior.
Yolanda recalls, “We had ample time to prepare but there was much to do. We needed to locate a house, gather furniture and household items, investigate school registration, and medical care. Each person on the team took responsibility for one area and enlisted the help of others to provide meals, clothing and teaching the ways of our culture.”
Over the summer months the boys visited the Norristown High School, where they met the soccer coach and made new friends. Seeing their potential, the coach purchased the shoes, shin guards and uniforms for the boys.
“Having new friends and a sport they both love was a great way to start the school year. Parents got to know them too and have been supportive to the whole family. It’s been great to see this,” Yolanda says. “This experience has been amazing. I’ve learned how much I take for granted and how important literacy is in our daily lives. By working together to support this family, our spiritual life has been enhanced and our relationships with each other have strengthened.”
Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS,) the largest refugee resettlement agency in Pennsylvania, welcomes Jessica Knapp as Refugee Program Coordinator to lead its refugee services office in Lancaster. Knapp will supervise a staff of ten, which includes case workers, employment specialists and an ESL (English as a second language) teacher. Additionally, she will focus on community outreach. LCFS’ Lancaster office resettles up to 200 refugees each year. They also provide employment services to approximately 225 refugees annually.
Liberty’s senior living communities – Artman, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, The Hearth at Drexel – and corporate partner Sodexo – enjoy working together to give residents the very best. Tom Rogers, District Manager for Sodexo Senior Living Division believes that “creating quality of life in senior care means creating a home.”
Village at Penn State resident, Percy Pierce, and many of his neighbors are thinking a lot about their future. Liberty Lutheran is committed to the needs of our residents and to responding to the changing trends in senior living. By listening to our customers and investigating trends, Liberty is transforming all of its senior communities to “households” – a new model of care.