Community Involvement

Donations of

Time, Talents, & Treasures.

Thank You !!

 

As of 3/17/2021, 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, as conditions/precautions permit.  The number of visitors in the building is limited, and all visits must be scheduled in advance.  On 4/22/2021, entertainers and volunteers were allowed following the appropriate social distancing and mask wearing.  Please call/phone before visiting, as conditions may change.

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

In house Activities have resumed, and/or individualized Activities with the residents and tenants and visits have resumed, as able, following the appropriate social distancing, mask wearing, and CDC Guidelines.

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

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 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 Sundays.

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

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

Individualized in-room “Manicures” were held for the residents at MVCC and the tenants at SVAL the past five weeks, as able.

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

Pastor Dennis Miller (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service, and Laura and Jr. Steines (volunteers) for leading the Rosary prayers prior to the Service and for assisting with the residents and tenants during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Pastor Dennis Miller for spending time (1:1) with other residents (at MVCC) and tenants (at SVAL) during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Theresa Schwager (staff) and Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for assisting Activities on Wednesday.

Pastor Dennis Miller (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) with Brother Stephen Markham (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, IA) (volunteer) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the SVAL, with Jr. & Laura Steines (volunteers) assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers for/with the tenants during the during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Father Dennis Miller for spending time (1:1) with other tenants (at SVAL) and residents (at MVCC) during the midmorning on Wednesday with volunteer Laurie Anderson and Joy M. (staff).

Father David Ambrosy (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) with Father Thomas Matt (a visiting priest) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service with Jr. & Laura Steines (volunteers) assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers with the residents and tenants during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Laura Steines for spending time (1:1) with other residents (at MVCC) and tenants (at SVAL) during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities on Wednesday.

Father David Ambrosy (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service, with Jr. & Laura Steines (volunteers) assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers for/with the residents and tenants during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Laura Steines for spending time (1:1) with other residents (at MVCC) and tenants (at SVAL) during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for assisting Activities the entire day on Wednesday.

Rita Ernst (volunteer) for leading the Rosary prayers for the Catholics on Sunday.

Marlyce Tebbe (tenant, volunteer) for leading the Rosary prayers at the SVAL for the Catholics on Sunday.

Clare Gill District [Representative from Rep. Ashley Hinson (First District)] for arriving to presented to Brandy Dierks (Administrator at MVCC & SVAL) with a new USA Flag (that had once flown freely over the Iowa State Capital) in a “Memorial Day Program” during the afternoon on Wednesday.  The American Legion Color Guards (Stan Daniels, Jimmy Kilburg, Maurice “Maurie” Anderson, and Dan Melton) for their presence during this “Memorial Day” presentation in the afternoon on Wednesday.  Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for her assistance in Activities during Wednesday.  Karen Osar (volunteer) for promoting and nurturing of this Memorial Day Program Event Activity during the afternoon on Wednesday.

David Namanny (Editor, Bellevue Herald Leader; Bellevue, Iowa) for arriving and taking pictures at this “Memorial Day Program” event during the afternoon on Wednesday.  (On the solemn occasion of Memorial Day, may we thank the many brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.)

Another Activity Veteran Project has been completed.  It involved the completion of a video project focusing on two residents (during the Korean Conflict/War and the Vietnam War) military veterans Richard “Dick” George Dagitz and John Milton Newsom.  Many thanks to the families of Richard Dagitz (Greta & Richard Dagitz, David George Dagitz, and Terri Diane LeClair) and John Milton Newsom (Jennifer Holdgrafer and John Newsom, Jr.) for providing their permission, informational write-ups, search through family pictures, and help in making the project come to life.  The families will receive a copy of the video presentation on a USB flash drive.

Thanks to Mrs. Kim Moore (HS Math, HS Computers & Power School Facilitator; Marquette Catholic High School; Bellevue, Iowa) and her involved students Josie and Kory Kintzle (twins, freshmen).  Mrs. Kim Moore and students interviewed the two veterans (Dagitz and Newsom) who were living at MVCC in Bellevue, and then made a video presentation of the veterans’ 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 veteran’s history project a few weeks ago, and the completed version was recently presented to Mill Valley, where it will be shown to the residents.  (Special Note: In Memory of John Milton Newsom, 10/16/1942 to 6/20/2021).

Emily Medinger (Assistant City Clerk, City of Bellevue) for assisting us with this project and making this video honoring Richard Dagitz and John Newsom with other Korean Conflict and Vietnam Veterans available to the local cable channel.

David Namanny (Editor, Bellevue Herald Leader; Bellevue, Iowa) for his gracious highlight entitled: “Honoring Korean Conflict & the Vietnam Veterans: Marquette Students producing video on veterans at Mill Valley”, (Bellevue Herald Leader, Thursday May 13, 2021, Section A, Page 7).

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

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the tenants at SVAL and the residents at MVCC during the noontime on Sunday in honor of Memorial Day (that is on Monday).

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment (“Spreading the Music” & “Sparking the Memories”) for/with the tenants at SVAL and the residents at MVCC during the evening-time on Monday.

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

Marlene Cloos and Laura Steines (volunteers) for hosting Bingo games for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesday and for assisting Activities.

Chef Chad Myers (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music” being played on his stereo system during the evening time on Friday.

Staff/volunteers:  Mary Jo Konrardy, Kayla Griebel, or Brittany Knouse for hosting “Games” held with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoons (Monday through Friday) for five weeks.

Staff/volunteers:  Mary Jo Konrardy, Kayla Griebel, Brittany Knouse, and Anonymous for hosting “Games” held with the tenants at the SVAL during the past five weekends.

Marlyce Tebbe (tenant, volunteer) and Kayla Griebel (staff, volunteer) for hosting “Bingo” games with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesday and for assisting Activities.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for hosting “Garden Art” (featuring freshly blooming flowers in a colorful array) with “Outdoor Porch” for the residents/tenants to reminisce and enjoy during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for hosting “Card Games – Dominoes” held for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on two Mondays and two Tuesdays.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music Box” for/with the residents during the noontime on Wednesday.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for hosting “Visiting with the Tenants” held during the midmorning on Thursday.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for hosting “Reminiscing” held with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Thursday.

Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities on Tuesday and three Fridays.

Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for hosting “Outside Porch” with the residents on two Wednesdays.

Laurie Anderson (volunteer) and Theresa Schwager (staff) for hosting “Bingo” games with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for hosting “Bingo” games and assisting with some “Music Jamming” with the residents during the afternoon with Joy M. (staff) on Wednesday.  Wayne Jackson for his assistance in Activities on Wednesday.

Marlene Cloos and Judy Moran with Mary Lou Hudrlik (volunteers) for hosting “Bingo” games for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesday and for assisting Activities.

Brandy Dierks (Administrator), Cheri Orcutt (Assistant Administrator), Amy Neblung-Roth (Administrator Assistant), April Minear (RN, MDS Coordinator), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), and all staff who assisted Activities during the past five weeks.

Staff/volunteers:  Brandy Dierks (Administrator), Amy Neblung-Roth (Administrative Assistant), April Minear (RN, MDS Coordinator), Jill Huling (Dietary Supervisor), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Season Kutsch (RN, Nurse Manager at the Villa), Nicole Weis (Environmental Services, staff); Susan Eversole, Deb Fultner, Megan Meier, Emma Whitmore (CNAs, 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 the tenants (at SVAL), and/or for assisting Activities during the past five weeks.

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

Susan Eversole (staff) for her assistance in Activities.

Chef Chad Myers (staff) for his assistance in Activities.

Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for her assistance in Activities.

Anonymous for their donation of books.

Bea Hansen for her donation of hangers.

Rose Thorne for her donation of a variety of paperbacks (103+).

Cindy Schlecht and the Family of Joyce Welch for the basket full of assorted candies for the staff.

Theresa Samuel (staff) for her donation of bird seed and filling the bird feeders.

Sheryl Homis for her donations of assorted magazines.

Virginia Valant (staff) for her donation of a hardcover book.

Kim Moore (Marquette Catholic Schools) for her assistance in Activities.

Kim Moore (Marquette Catholic Schools) with Josie and Kory Kintzle (freshmen students) for their assistance in Activities.

Our friends at the St. Joseph Catholic Church (Bellevue, Iowa) for their gift of over 43 Spring Cards for the residents and tenants.

The EPIC Middle School Youth Group at St. Joseph’s, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, St. Donatus and St. Catherine Catholic Churches; and Julie Schmidt of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Bellevue, Iowa) for making twenty table Centerpieces for Memorial Day and/or 4th of July for the residents/tenants.

The Girl Scouts have two troops currently in Bellevue: “Daisy Troop” (K-1st) and “Brownie Troop” (2nd and 3rd).  Thanks to both Troops for providing Girl Scout Cookies (9 Assorted Boxes) to us.  Thanks to Daisy Troop:  Emily Bishop, Ava Feller, Reese Schwartz, Emery Steines, Braelyn Zeimet, Reese Baskin, Keeley Clausen, Avery Cornelius, Loraine D’Acquisto, Ella McDonald, and Leah Michels; and Daisy Troop Leaders:  Raquel Clausen and Ryan Feller.  Thanks to Brownie Troop:  Alyxandria Gleason, Penelope Findley, Gretta Meyer, Rozzlyn Schwager, Kinsey Baskin, Zoey Bies, and Myra Harris; and Brownie Troop Leaders:  Megan Bies and Beth Gleason.

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), outside closed 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.