Caregiving

“Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing.” ~ George Perera We all have a special calling in life. For some of us, it takes a while to figure out what that special gift may be. For others, it is apparent from a very young age. Caregiving is one of those natural special gifts for

Flu Season Tips for Older Adults

The experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe that it’s more important now than ever in 2020 for older adults to get a flu vaccination because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Statistically speaking, older adults over age 65 are more likely to require hospitalization after contracting COVID-19, and their death rates are higher too. The same goes

Meet Darlene!

Darlene Johnson has been a part of our Good Shepherd Family since 2017. Darlene is feisty and she would not disagree with that description. She does not “sit on the fence” and feels it is important to speak her mind and knows what is best for herself. This strength has served her well as she worked, raised a family, and

Meet Dorothy!

Dorothy was born in September 1927 on the family farm in rural Lyon County located near Marshall, Minnesota. Her parents were farmers who grew crops and raised livestock. She was the second oldest of four children. As with farm families, she grew up doing chores and learning the value of a good work ethic. She attended a small school in

Moving During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The pandemic has reshaped how we think about nearly every facet of life. But it has also taught us that where there’s a will, there’s a way. It may be different, but it can still be good. Moving is no exception. We have heard from many older adults that they are waiting to move. For some, that decision is right

Meet Roy!

It’s summer and for Roy Tomala that sparks many pleasant memories of growing up on a farm in Center Valley near Pierz, Minnesota. The farm was truly a family operation and instilled a work ethic that continues to this day. Growing up on a farm also included the best that Minnesota has to offer, hunting and fishing. Rural living often

Meet Donna!

Donna was born on February 9th, 1937 in Northeast Minneapolis. She lived with her mom, brother, and extended family while growing up. Her mom worked as a full-time janitor cleaning passenger trains at night, so she did not get to see her very much. Having to help around the house at a young age taught her to contribute and the

Meet Nellie

Nellie was born in Cold Water, Mississippi but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the oldest child so she would watch her younger brothers and all of her cousins while her mom worked at an Envelope factory. While she was growing up, Nellie loved to sing her church’s gospel choir. She babysat very often and enjoyed playing with

Grief Awareness

Grief seems an odd thing to “commemorate” with a special day, but in truth, it’s really not a bad idea. Many people think there are rules, or ways they are supposed to grieve the loss of a loved one, or something they love.  But there really are no rules—except for one.  While you grieve, you will move through stages.  Sadness.

Meet Debbie!

Debbie is living her dream life!  One year ago, she moved to the Shepherd of Grace community in Becker. She was drawn here by the culture, sense of stability and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others in a clean, beautiful and safe living environment where she’s surrounded by wonderful residents. Debbie says living here feels like