Depending upon the Jackson County COVID positivity rate, masks and eyewear are required for all visitors, volunteers, and staff at the Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and the Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL).  This is per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines, with updates occurring almost daily as of 9/30/2021.  Please call/phone before visiting, as conditions may change.

Thanks to all the families of the residents and tenants for contacting staff regarding their visiting times with their loved ones and following the CDC Guidelines and mask wearing, when “Connecting” with their families during the weekdays and weekends.

In house Activities have resumed; individualized and very small group Activities with the residents and tenants, and volunteer visits have resumed, as able; following the CDC Guidelines, with staff, visitors and volunteers wearing masks and protective eyewear.

Residents, tenants, and their families are encouraged to connect with loved ones with visits, or via phone calls and/or video chats, that are available throughout the day.

Individualized in-room visits or monthly visits are being scheduled for the Presbyterian Church Service (with temporary Pastor John Armstrong), and for the Lutheran Church Service (with Pastor Paul Gammelin) have resumed.  Catholic Church Services (with Pastor Dennis Miller or Associate Pastor David Ambrosy) have resumed being held weekly on Wednesday or on the local cable Channel-32 for the Catholics during the past five weeks and on Sundays.

Lutheran Service on local cable Channel-26 was held for the Lutherans on Sundays.

Individualized in-room “Exercises” or “Small Group” were held with the residents during the past five weeks.

Individualized in-room “Manicures” and/or “Small Group” activities were held with the residents (individualized at the MVCC) and the tenants (at the SVAL) during the past five weeks, as able.

“Games” were/are available with the tenants in their own room or at the dining tables at the SVAL during the afternoon on Monday through Friday.

Individualized “Games of Choice” were available for the residents/tenants Monday – Thursday.

The Dietary Department for preparing and serving the “Valentine Day Dinner” to our residents and tenants during noontime on Monday.  Thanks also to Dietary for preparing and serving the “Valentine Couples Dinner” during noontime on Monday, with Valentine musical accompaniment of Ray & Doris Theisen.

Congratulations to the 2022 Valentine Day King – Richard Helbing, and Valentine Day Queen – Mildred “Millie” Hoff of Mill Valley Care Center, who were surrounded by family, residents, and staff during the afternoon on Monday.  Thanks to the residents, families, and Ray & Doris Theisen for their assistance and music during this grand event.  (We were re-connecting with some past nostalgia – “A Blast from the Past” with Valentine Day Music.)

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the tenants (at the SVAL) and the residents (at the MVCC) during the noontime on five Fridays.

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the evening-time on five Sundays and three Tuesdays.

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting a special Valentine’s Day “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the noontime on Monday.

Ray and Doris Theisen (volunteers) for hosting “Euchre Club with Ray & Doris” held with the residents during the afternoon on three Tuesdays.

David Eischeid (volunteer art instructor) for visiting and hosting “Artwork with David” (an artwork class) during the morning on Tuesday and helping our small group of resident art students unlock their art talents.

David Eischeid (volunteer art instructor) and Mary Kubik (volunteer assisting Dave Eischeid) for visiting and hosting “Artwork with David and Mary” (an artwork class) during the morning on Tuesday and helping our small group of resident art students unlock their art talents.

Jr. Steines (volunteer) for hosting the “Euchre Club” at the SVAL during the afternoon on four Mondays.

Kayla Bruggenwirth [student, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Bellevue Community High School (BCHS)] for hosting an “Exercise” activity (to help the residents with strengthening while enjoying themselves at the same time) that was held during the afternoon on three Mondays, two Tuesdays, two Wednesdays, two Thursdays, and one Friday; and for assisting Activities during the afternoon on Valentine’s Day.  Thanks also to Mrs. Tracy Weber (FBLA Advisor, BCHS).

Marlyce Tebbe (tenant, volunteer) for leading the Rosary prayers at the SVAL for the Catholics during the past five Sundays.

Rev. Dennis Miller (Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service (at the SVAL) during the midmorning on two Wednesdays and (at the MVCC) during the midmorning on one Wednesday.  Jr. & Laura Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to the tenants (at the SVAL) and to the residents (at the MVCC).

Rev. David Ambrosy (Associate Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service (at the SVAL) during the midmorning on two Wednesdays.  Jr. & Laura Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to the tenants (at the SVAL) and to the residents (at the MVCC).

Temporary Pastor John Armstrong for the Presbyterian Church (Bellevue, Iowa) for holding church service and visiting “one on one” with the residents (at the MVCC) and tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Thursday.

Laura Steines and Laurie Anderson (volunteers) for hosting “Bingo games” held during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Dianne Finzel, Jayne Schroeder, and Cindy Broders (volunteers) with the Catholic Ladies for hosting “Ground Hog Day Bingo games” held during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Diane Dempewolf (volunteer, Lutheran) with the Lutheran Ladies and Dianne Finzel (volunteer, Catholic), who together hosted bingo games held during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Diane Dempewolf and Karen Osar (volunteers) for hosting bingo games with the Lutheran Ladies held with the residents during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Joanne Jess, Bev Sullivan and Donna Mueller (volunteers) for hosting bingo games with the “Catholic Ladies” held with the residents during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Marlene & Mark Cloos and Pat Roling (volunteers) for hosting Bingo games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday with Joy M. (staff).

Phyllis Reistroffer, Diana Muenster, and Janet Callaghan (volunteers) with the American Legion Auxiliary Ladies for hosting Bingo games held during the afternoon on Thursday.

Peg Althaus and Mary Kubik (volunteers) for hosting Bingo games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for her assistance throughout the day on five Wednesdays.

Vincent S. (tenant, volunteer) for hosting the game of “Dominoes” at the SVAL during the afternoon on five Mondays, five Tuesdays and five Thursdays.

Vincent S. (tenant, volunteer) for hosting Bingo games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on three Tuesdays with Joy M. (staff).

Dale Meier (volunteer) for hosting the game of “Dominoes” at the during the afternoon on Friday.

Dale Meier (volunteer) for hosting the game of “Dominoes” and providing “snacks” during the afternoon on Friday.

Mary Jo Konrardy and/or Kayla Griebel (staff, volunteers) at the SVAL for their assistance during the past five weeks and weekends.

Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for her assistance in Activities and providing “Music Box” and “Danny O’Donnell” videos during the day on Tuesday.

Staff/volunteers: Theresa Schwager, Susan Eversole, Jill Huling, and other unnamed staff for assisting Activities during the past five weeks.

Staff/volunteers: Pam Reedy (Administrative Assistant), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Susan Eversole, Deb Fultner, Joy Marchiando (Recreation Program Director); and other unnamed involved staff for their assistance in connecting the residents, tenants, and families together with family visits or 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 the MVCC) and/or the tenants (at the SVAL), and for assisting Activities during the past five weeks.

Karen Osar for providing some items for Activities.

William and Sue Bevan for their donation to Activities for residents and tenants, and for birdseed in “Memory of Averle Bevan” (their mother and former MVCC Nursing Staff).

Ann Tuegel and Velma Miller for their donations of items and “goodies” for residents, tenants, and staff in “Memory of Alvin Kilburg”.

Sheila Hunter for the beautiful Valentine Cards for all the residents and tenants, and for the Assorted Valentine candies for the staff.

Marquette & St. Joseph’s Elementary Catholic Schools, Bellevue Elementary School, the “Little Leaps” (from Key West), Sheila Hunter and Anonymous for their donations of Valentine Cards and Valentine “goodies” made especially for the residents, tenants, and staff.

Bellevue Elementary School “Comets After-School Program for Students (CAPS)”, teachers and students for the students designing beautiful creative assorted Valentine Cards for all the residents and tenants.  Special Thanks to Mrs. Jeanette Hartung-Schroeder (Bellevue Elementary School Principal, Bellevue, Iowa).

Girl Scout Troop # 3084: On behalf of the eleven K & 1st graders from both Marquette and Bellevue Elementary Schools for providing beautiful Valentine Cards handed out to the residents and tenants (who may like a bit of “cheering up”): Emily B., Ava F., Reese S., Braelyn Z., Keeley C., Rory H., and Avery C., Loraine D., Ella M., Leah M., and Ady S.  (Raquel Clausen & Ryan Feller, Daisy Troop Leaders).

Thanks to all the volunteers for being awesome.

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

Thanks to all the unnamed individuals who communicated [via letters, phone calls, video chats (FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, etc.), outside closed/open window visits, inside 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.