Community Involvement

Donations of

Time, Talents, & Treasures.

Thank You !!

 

Exciting news as of 3/17/2021.  We are happy to report that family/church visits with residents at the Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and with the tenants at the Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) have resumed.  The number of visitors in the building will be limited, and all visits must be scheduled in advance.  Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

In house Activities have resumed, and/or individualized Activities with the residents and tenants resume, as able.  We want to thank all our dedicated staff for caring for all the residents and tenants.  And, we want to thank all our dedicated volunteers, our community, our schools, and area churches, who were planning to visit and assist with Activities during the past weeks.  We look forward to seeing you all again in the future, as God May Bless.

Residents, tenants, and their families are encouraged to connect with their loved ones via phone calls and/or video chats, or scheduled visits (using appropriate social distancing and mask wearing) are available throughout the day.

Thanks to all the families of the residents/tenants for contacting Amy Neblung-Roth (Administrative Assistant) and/or Cheri Orcutt (Assistant Administrator) for scheduling their visiting times with their loved ones, following the recommended guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing, when “Connecting” with their families during the weekdays and weekends.

Individualized in-room visits or monthly visits are being scheduled for the Presbyterian Church Service (with Pastor Shannon Witt) and for the Lutheran Church Service (with Pastor Paul Gammelin) have resumed.  Catholic Church Services (with Pastor/Father Dennis Miller or Father David Ambrosy) have resumed being held weekly on Wednesday or on the local cable Channel-32 for the Catholics and on Sunday.

Father Dennis Miller (Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for assisting the residents (at MVCC) and hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service with the residents (at MVCC) and hosting Catholic Communion with the tenants (at SVAL) during the mid-morning on Wednesday.  Pastor Dennis Miller for spending time (1:1) with other residents (at MVCC) during mid-morning on Wednesday.  Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities.  Cassondra Waltert, Megan Meier, agency (CNAs), and the Nursing staff for their assistance in Activities on Wednesday.

Father David Ambrosy (Assistant Pastor at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for assisting the residents (at MVCC) and hosting a Catholic Mass and Communion Service with the tenants (at SVAL) during the mid-morning on Wednesday.  Cassondra Waltert, Megan Meier, Paige Miller (CNAs), and the Nursing staff for their assistance in Activities on Wednesday.

Pastor Paul Gammelin (Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church; Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for spending time (1:1) with the Lutheran residents (at MVCC) and tenants (at SVAL) during noontime on Wednesday.

Pastor Shannon Witt ( Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for visiting the Presbyterian residents (at MVCC) and tenants (at SVAL) this past week.

Individualized in-room daily Catholic Services & Rosary prayers were held on the local cable Channel-32 for the Catholics during the past four weeks and on Sundays.

Individualized in-room Lutheran Service on local cable Channel-26 was held for the Lutherans during the past on four Sundays.

Individualized in-room “Manicures” were held for the residents at MVCC and the tenants at SVAL during the past four weeks.

Individualized in-room “Exercises” were held with the residents during the past four weeks.

Individualized “Games of Choice” were available for the residents and tenants (using appropriate social distancing, mask wearing, and following the CDC Guidelines) during the afternoon, Monday – Thursday.

“Card Games – Solitaire or Dominoes” was available for/with the tenants (either individually or collectively with one tenant per table using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesdays.

Our theme for some of the activities this month (March) was “March Forth and Do Something”.  For Week 1, this involved spending time individually with the residents and tenants making homemade notes and cards, simple supplies for our military soldiers, assembling the “care” packages, and postal mailing them during the afternoon on Tuesday.  For Week 2, this involved spending time individually with the residents and tenants making homemade notes and cards, providing some simple supplies for the Bellevue School Students, and having the “care” package delivered during the afternoon on Tuesday.

This theme was also realized with the help of and many thanks to Mrs. Brittini Decker’s 2nd Grade Class students (Bellevue Elementary Community School, Bellevue, Iowa).  The students took turns reading stories to residents via ZOOM sessions.  For Week 3, a student read a story with pictures to resident Richard Helbing using an Apple ipad during the afternoon on Tuesday.  For Week 4, the students took turns reading a story with pictures to three residents (Betty Gonner, Richard Helbing, and Norma Jackson) using Apple ipads during the afternoon on Tuesday.  Thanks to Jeannette Hartung-Schroeder (Principal, Bellevue Elementary Community School; Bellevue, Iowa) for her assistance.  Thanks for remembering us, sharing your talents, and for making a difference in our lives.  Bless each and every one of you!

This theme was realized again during Week 4.  It involved the completion of a video project focusing on two residents (WWII Veterans, part of the “Greatest Generation”) Raymond Lawson and James Cloos.  Many thanks to the families of Raymond Lawson (Mark & Darla Lawson and Emily Medinger) and James Cloos (Mark Cloos) for providing their permission, informational write-ups, and search through family pictures, and help in making the project come to life.

Many thanks to Mrs. Kim Moore (HS Math, HS Computers & Power School Facilitator; Marquette Catholic High School; Bellevue, Iowa) and her three involved students, Josie and Kory Kintzle (both freshmen) and Eve Vanderzyl (a sophomore).  They interviewed the two World War II veterans (Lawson and Cloos) now living at MVCC in Bellevue, and then made a video presentation of their war experiences.  (The video project is part of Marquette’s Computers II class, where students learn about different types of multi-media.  Some of the topics the class covers are photos and photo editing, desktop publications, such as brochures and programs, video taking and movie creation, in addition to audio editing for putting together podcasts or radio commercials.)  The girls started the veterans history project a few weeks ago, and the completed version was presented this week to Mill Valley, where it will be shown to the residents.  Their work is an awesome “top notch” job!

Many thanks to Emily Medinger (City of Bellevue, Assistant City Clerk; and granddaughter of Raymond Lawson) for assisting us with this project and making available this video honoring Raymond Lawson and James Cloos with other WWII Veterans of the “Greatest Generation” to the local cable channel!

Many thanks to Raymond Lawson, James Cloos, and all of our WWII veterans for their Service!  May God Bless them!  The families will receive a copy of the video presentation on a USB flash drive and a DVD.  A priceless historical family keepsake!

Many thanks to David Namanny (Editor, Bellevue Herald Leader; Bellevue, Iowa) for his wonderful historical write-up, entitled “Honoring WWII Veterans: Marquette Students producing video on veterans at Mill Valley”, (Bellevue Herald Leader, Thursday March 18, 2021 Section A, Page 5).  It is a “historical keeper”!

 

Chef Chad Myers (staff) for hosting “Treat with Chef Chad” with the residents and tenants, held either by seating one per table (wearing masks and using appropriate social distancing) or by individually visiting “room to room” during the afternoon on four Mondays.

Chef Chad Myers (staff) for hosting “Happy Hour with Chef Chad” with the residents and tenants, held either by seating one per table (wearing masks and using appropriate social distancing) or by individually visiting “room to room” during the afternoon on four Fridays.

Chef Chad Myers (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music” being played on his stereo system during the evening time on four Mondays, two Tuesdays, and four Fridays.

Chef Chad (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music Box” for/with the residents during the morning and noontime on two Thursdays.

Chef Chad for preparing a “jug” of Irish Beer, Irish Corn Beef & Cabbage, and Irish Music during our St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Party with the tenants at noontime and with the residents during the afternoon on Wednesday.  Following the St. Patrick’s Day Party, Irish Bingo games were held individually by visiting room-to-room with the residents and held (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) with Joy during the afternoon on Wednesday.  Thanks to Kelly O’Donnell (volunteer/staff/consultant – Occupational Therapy) for assisting Activities on Wednesday.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music Box” and “Piano Music Box” for/with the residents during the morning and noontime on two Tuesdays, during the evening time on Wednesday, and during the noontime on four Fridays.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music Box” and “Connecting with Families” for/with the residents during the evening time on Thursday, and during the mid-morning on two Saturdays.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities with “Outside Porch” with some of the residents during the afternoon on three Mondays and one Tuesday.

Kayla Griebel (staff) for hosting “KMAQ Radio Bingo Games” held with the tenants or with individualized visits with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the afternoon on four Mondays.

Mary Jo Konrardy and Kayla Griebel (staff) for hosting “Bingo Games” with the tenants or with individualized visits with tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the afternoon on three Wednesdays.

Kayla Griebel, Mary Jo Konrardy, and Brittany Knouse (staff) for hosting “Games” with the tenants (with individualized visits and/or using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the past four weekends.

Other fun activities with/for the residents included:  “Daily Chronicle”, “March Easy Does It”, “Mixed-up St. Patrick’s Day Trivia”, “Searching For Breakfast Word Find”, “Famous Women Missing Vowels Puzzle”, “Famous March Birthdays”, “Searching for March Word Find”, “Steve McQueen Word Search”, “The Lion Word Find”, “A Rainbow Of Colors Word Find”, “Nutritious Foods Search and Solve”, “Perfect Pasta Crossword”, “Just An ‘ILL’ Usion Trivia”, “Quick As A Wink Trivia”, “A-mazing Olives Maze”, “Dot to Dot #1”, “Dot to Dot #2”, “A-Mazing Peanuts Maze”, “Craft Fair Matching Trivia”, “Cold Cuts Word Search”; with ice cream bars, lemonade, cookies, popsicles, and other food treat items (or “goodies”) served throughout the weeks of the month.

Staff/volunteers:  Amy Neblung-Roth (Administrative Assistant), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), April Minear (RN, Director of Nursing), Emily Hingtgen (RN, MDS Coordinator & Assistant Director of Nursing), Season Kutsch (RN, Nurse manager at SVAL & Restorative Nurse), Nicole Weis (Environmental Services, staff), Paige Miller (CNA, staff), Joy Marchiando (Recreation Program Director), and other unnamed involved staff for their assistance in connecting the residents, tenants, and families together via phone calls, video-chats (Apple FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, etc.), i.e., “Connecting with the Families”; and/or assisting family visits with the residents at MVCC and/or tenants at SVAL, and for assisting Activities during the past month.

Staff/volunteers:  Theresa Schwager, Amy Neblung-Roth, Chef Chad Myers, Nicole Weis, Susan Eversole, Deb Fultner, Emma Whitmore, and other unnamed staff for their assistance in Activities during the past four weeks.

Bellevue Girl Scouts – Daisies for their (40) homemade crafted St. Valentine Day Cards and Decorations for the residents and tenants.

Mrs. Tracey Till’s 5th Grade Class (Bellevue Elementary School; Bellevue, Iowa) for their homemade St. Patrick’s Day Cards and Spring Cards for the residents and tenants.

Anonymous for their donations of 2 large storage boxes filled with assorted boxes of 100-piece, 200-piece, and up to 1,000-piece puzzles boxes for the residents and tenants.

Anonymous for their donations of 2 large storage boxes filled with assorted books, etc.

Anonymous for their donations of boxes filled with assorted books and items, etc.

Anonymous for their donation of boxes of cards and books.

Rhonda Hartung for her donations of Daffodils for the residents and tenants to enjoy.

Family of Eldon Weis (Joyce & Ardell “Bud” Till, and Colleen & David Kane) for providing a fruit basket with assorted nuts for the staff.

Marion Vaughn for her donation of handsewn personal utility bags for the residents and tenants.

Karla Weinschenk for her donation of 2 hand-crocheted lap robes for the residents and/or tenants.

Karen Osar for her donation of assorted cards for the residents/tenants.

Linda Roling for her donation of assorted hand-made lap robes.

Virginia Valant (staff) for her donations of various books and boxes of assorted books for the residents and tenants.

Pastor Shannon Witt (Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) with Presbyterian volunteers, Kim Moore, and other unnamed volunteers, who were kind enough to send out cards with return addresses to our residents/tenants, and thereby becoming instant “Pen-Pals” with us.

Congratulations to Millie Hoff (tenant) for holding the winning KMAQ Radio Bingo card during the afternoon on Monday.

Thanks to all the volunteers for being awesome.

Thanks to all the involved staff for their assistance in Activities and support in/with all the “individualized” activities/events during the past four weeks.

Thanks to all the unnamed individuals who communicated [via letters, phone calls, video chats (FaceTime, Facebook, Skype), outside closed window visits, etc.] with the residents / tenants to help uplift their days.  Thanks to all the residents, tenants, families, friends, school children and teachers, volunteers, staff (Administrative, Nursing, Dietary, Housekeeping, Laundry, Maintenance, and Activity-Recreation Departments), local area (Bellevue, Maquoketa, Preston, Andrew, St. Donatus, Springbrook, etc.) businesses, churches, organizations, and other unnamed individuals for their kindnesses, assistance and support with all our activities / events / donations / cards / posters during the past month.