Community Involvement

Donations of

Time, Talents, & Treasures.

Thank You !!



As of Wednesday (3/11/2020), regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19, Wuhan China Virus) Precautions, we are not allowing any visitors into the facility until further notice.  We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People Guidelines) Precautions.  Activities have been cancelled until further notice, by order of the Director of Nursing, Administrator, Medical Doctor, and the CDC.

We understand and know how difficult this is, but please remember, that we are doing our best to protect the health and well-being of our residents and tenants, your loved ones.  We will keep you posted of any further changes.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  We appreciate your cooperation with this.  Thank You!

In-house activities for the residents and tenants were/are individualized and/or self-directed, as able, as of (2/16/2020), and will be so until further notice.  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 this past week.  We look forward to seeing you all again in the future, as God May Bless.

Residents, tenants, and families were/are encouraged to connect with their loved ones via phone calls and/or video chats (FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, etc.) that are available all day.

Special Thanks to the volunteers who were involved with the “Road Scholar – the Final wrap-up Sociology Classes” Presentation/Program.  The slide show presentation was assembled, completed and hosted by Jim Hollensbe (HS Social Studies, Student Council Advisor) and the Sociology Classes of/from Marquette Catholic School.  (A senior slide show with sociology-based views and reflections.)  It was part of an Intergenerational Outreach Program of Marquette Catholic School and Librarian Gloria Petesch (who provided us a copy of the “Road Scholar” presentation).  Theresa Schwager (staff) used a laptop and a video projector to show the slide presentation to the residents at MVCC and the tenants at SVAL (with due observance of the social distancing guidelines) during the afternoon on Tuesday.  Thanks to Chris Medinger (Technology Integration Specialist & Girls’ Soccer Coach), Geoffrey Kaiser (Marquette Catholic Principal & Boys’ Track) and Jessica Medinger (Preschool) for their assistance in this event.  Thanks also to Theresa Schwager, Aaron Schwager, and John Rubel for their assistance with the “last minute” preparations for/of this event.  Many thanks are due for bringing this unique closure for these wonderful classes that were shared together, and the intergenerational friendships that were forged.  "To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." – Theodore Roosevelt.

Memorial Day is a day to honor and give thanks for all those who have died in military service, sacrificing all for the freedoms in our country.  One may hope that the freedoms are appreciated and not squandered  “The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” – Thomas Campbell.

We also want to honor and thank our own living veterans for their service:  Richard Helbing, Allen Kilburg, Raymond Lawson, Louis Bernhard, Eldon Weis, James Cloos, Lloyd Kilburg and Harold Poggenpohl from MVCC and SVAL.  May God guide and protect them and all of our living military veterans, service personnel, and law enforcement officers for their sacrifices and dedicated service.

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

Individualized in-room Lutheran Services on local cable Channel-26 were held for the Lutherans on Sundays.

Individualized in-room “Manicures” were held for the residents at Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and the tenants at Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) during each of the past four weeks.

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

Chef Chad for hosting the “Happy Hour” for the residents/tenants, serving various treats while visiting room-to-room during the afternoon on Fridays.  The treats have included things such as: Pretzels and Cheese, Strawberry Mojito, “Ice Cream Sundae with Chocolate, Caramel, Fudge, and Whip Cream with Peanuts”, “Virgin Bloody Mary with Appetizers and Popsicles”.

Therapy Ladies:  Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy), Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy), and Allie Limke (Speech Therapy) for assisting Activities with the “Happy Hour” while visiting room-to-room during the afternoon on Friday.

Chef Chad for hosting the “Treat with Chef Chad” while visiting “room to room” with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Mondays.

Therapy Ladies:  Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy), Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy), and Allie Limke (Speech Therapy) for assisting Activities with “Hallway Bingo” and Joy during the afternoon on Tuesday.  Staff/volunteer Alecia Kueter for her assistance in Activities.

Therapy ladies:  Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy), Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy), and Allie Limke (Speech Therapy) for assisting Activities with “Hallway Velcro Dart Toss Game” and Joy during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Our Community Involvement efforts included sending/delivering gift packages to the: Bellevue Police Department, Bellevue City Hall, Bellevue EMS, Bellevue Fire Department, Bellevue Community Senior Center (Meals on Wheels), Bellevue Food Pantry, Bellevue Medical Associates, and Bellevue Schools.

Emma Whitmore (staff), Kayla Griebel (staff) and Mary Jo Konrardy (staff) at the SVAL for their assistance in Activities during the past four weeks.

Staff/volunteers:  Theresa Schwager, Nicole Weis, Deb Fultner, Diane Dempewolf, Susan Eversole, Kim Reeg, Paige Miller, Erin Mohr, and other Anonymous staff for their assistance in Activities during the past four weeks.

Staff/volunters:  Amy Neblung-Roth (Administrative Assistant), April Minear (RN, Nurse Manager at SVAL), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Jill Herrig (LPN), Ryan Erickson (RN), Joy Marchiando (Recreation Program Director), and other involved unnamed staff for their assistance in connecting the residents, tenants and families together via phone calls, video-chats (Apple FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, etc.) and for assisting Activities during the past four weeks.

Shelia Hargrave (The BookWorm, Bellevue, Iowa) for the many assorted books for the residents and tenants to enjoy.

Anonymous for their donation of wireless audio head phones for residents.

Anonymous for their donations of birdseed at the SVAL.

Marlyce Tebbe (tenant) and Family for sharing her birthday cake with us.

Family of Jean Hoffmann (resident) for their fresh baked “goodies” for the staff.

Judy Hueneke-Kremer [daughter of Marie Berthel (tenant)] for providing the beautiful bouquet of flowers for the staff at the SVAL.

Marilyn Ploessl for providing her homemade 5-6 platters of assorted cookies for the staff  (as the staff remember and honor the memory her late twin sister, Mary Ann Till).

Membership Mission & Outreach Group and Anne Borge of the First Presbyterian Church (Bellevue, Iowa) for their generous gifts and supplies to help the residents/tenants participate and enjoy themselves in the various diversionary task projects.

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

Thanks to all our volunteers for being awesome.

Thanks to all the unnamed individuals who communicated [via letters, phone calls, video chats (FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, 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.

A note to our precious volunteers regarding National Volunteer Week (April 19-25, 2020).  Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19, Wuhan China virus) outbreak pandemic, the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later time.  This notice has been posted on our Facebook page.  Also posted is a heartfelt note of appreciation and recognition for their/your positive, considerate, dedicated service to Mill Valley Care Center and Sunrise Villa Assisted Living.