In this season of Thanksgiving and counting our blessings, we would like to take a moment to recognize the heroic efforts of all our staff. Every day, they pour their hearts and souls into caring for those who have made Good Shepherd their home. Some days are particularly grueling. It is hot and uncomfortable wearing the appropriate PPE, emotionally exhausting watching the residents miss their families and friends, and heart-wrenching when we lose one of our Good Shepherd family members. Throughout the challenging ups and downs of this pandemic, they have been steadfast in their dedication, compassion, and commitment. For that, we are in awe and are eternally grateful.
We also need to recognize the ongoing sacrifices and support of our tenants, residents, and their families. We know this has been extremely difficult. You have shown us great grace, compassion, and mercy. We mourn together for those we have lost; we celebrate those who have survived; and we pray for an end to this devastating virus that steals our health, our time together, and limits our opportunities to make new memories.
With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, we would like to make a special plea to please be extra vigilant and practice extreme precautions to help slow the spread of the virus. This year, we are asking everyone, including our staff and their families, to not get together with people outside of your immediate household. As difficult as that is, we are worried about escalating the community spread that is already rising at an alarming rate. This spread is overwhelming for our hospitals and reducing the critical staffing required to provide excellent care for those with COVID or any other life-threatening conditions. We all must do our part to protect those we love and care for as well as our neighbors, and those we don’t know.
Nearly ten months into this pandemic, our caregivers are exhausted and need some relief. This relief is up to you and me and everyone who lives and works in our greater Minnesota communities. Let’s show our true spirit of Thanksgiving, community, and love and care for each other, the best way possible … by following the guidance to protect us all.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving.
Michael Stordahl, President, and CEO
To schedule video visits on the Sauk Rapids Campus:
Nursing Home – call Ashley at 320-258-0609
Apartment Tenants – call Robin at 320-259-3494
Assisted Living – call Nicky at 320-259-3465
Memory Cottages – call Niki at 320-258-8665
To schedule visits on the Becker Campus – call Andrea at 763-450-6675
As of 11/23/20, our COVID-19 status is as follows:
Sauk Rapids Campus:
- Active staff and resident positive cases in the nursing home
- Active staff and tenant positive cases in outreach (patio home, apartments, assisted living, and memory care)
- Active staff and tenant positive cases
We’d like to thank everyone for their continued donations, well wishes, thoughts, and prayers. We’ll get through this together.
How Can You Help?
In the wake of COVID-19, your contribution to the Good Shepherd Foundation Response Fund will aid in our efforts on every front to meet our community’s “Greatest Needs.” Below are ways you may immediately make a difference!
Suggested unused personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection, and general supplies including thermometers, alcohol swabs, disinfectant wipes, Lysol spray, and elastic for sewing face masks.
All Donation of Supplies need to be made by appointment, please call Cheryl at our Foundation office at 320-259-3491 to schedule a time.
Help financially support our needs to purchase items used to protect, care for, and honor our residents, care teams, and staff during this time.
Want to Donate by Phone: Please call the Foundation Office at 320-259-3491
Want to Donate by Mail: Please mail checks payable to Good Shepherd Foundation Good ShepherdCommunity
1115 4th Ave N.
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379