Meet Karen of Good Shepherd.
Meet Karen of Good Shepherd. Karen is an active and independent tenant of Shepherd Oak Apartments. She came to Good Shepherd four years ago to be close to her family as well as shopping and medical facilities. She never cared for living alone so she found that living in a senior community was perfect for her! She enjoys having people around and has made many new friends. They enjoy each other’s company and they all check in on each other. Karen recently recovered from a fall that caused a broken arm. Good Shepherd Assisted Living services made recovery a lot easier.
Karen grew up in South Minneapolis. Her parents both worked in New Brighton, MN at the Twin Cities Arsenal, which made bullets and other ammunition. When Karen was growing up, the city was separated into many neighborhoods. This gave it more of a small community feel. Each community had its own little store and the neighbors knew one another. Karen remembers playing with the neighbor kids and especially liked ice skating. She went to Robert Fulton Elementary School in South Minneapolis and then moved to the Princeton area and attended high school there. She was in choir and was a cheerleader for all the high school sports.
Karen has been an avid seamstress her whole life. She worked for many years in the sewing factory within the Fingerhut Company. They made quilts, coats, purses and more. She worked the night shift and took care of her four children during the day. Her last place of employment before retiring was Gorecki Manufacturing. This company made many items including vacuum cleaner filters, surgical staplers, and components for x-ray machines. She also sewed and sold hundreds of denim tote bags to friends, family, and acquaintances, as well as at many craft sales.
Over the years Karen has had many other hobbies such as knitting, gardening, and canning her vegetables. She contributes her quilting skills to the Good Shepherd Quilting Group. Karen enjoys spending time with her family. She has four children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Karen likes to cook, and her family especially loves her goulash. Karen participates in the apartments’ many activities. Her favorites are the monthly birthday parties and Bingo night.
She recently participated in the Stepping-On Program sponsored by Good Shepherd. This course focuses on falls prevention and promotes a healthy lifestyle. There are also many other exercise opportunities available to the tenants. Karen is glad to have these programs, especially during the winter months when it is harder to get out and about. Another service she uses in the community is the Dial-a-Ride Metro Bus, which allows her to get to doctor appointments, grocery shopping, and other errands. Staying active and independent is very important to Karen. All the activities and services Good Shepherd offers along with other community services help make it possible.
We are proud Karen calls Good Shepherd home.
Karen has been an avid seamstress her whole life. She contributes her quilting skills to the Good Shepherd Quilting Group. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family who especially loves her goulash. Staying active and independent is very important to Karen so participates in the apartments’ many activities. Her favorites are the monthly birthday parties and Bingo night. We are proud Karen calls Good Shepherd home.