The holidays are always such a wonderful time at Saint Ann’s. There are parties and more musical performances than I can keep track off. It is time to celebrate. It is time to reflect. It is time to enjoy the people we love in our lives and the memories of those no longer with us.
I happen to be a big fan of Christmas. I am certain that our staff will make our building look regal for the holidays. Bring on the lights, the trees, the fun and the Santa’s. Let’s enjoy this season together.
Scott and Jan
As always there is a lot going on at St. Ann’s. I wanted to give you an up-date on the biggest project, “One Brick at a Time”. The current project was to set-up a scaffolding tower and remove the damaged bricks from three window bays. That work has started, and some of the new bricks are already installed. Unfortunately, once the job started and we could examine the wall closer, there are many more areas in need of attention. We have plenty of extra bricks, but the cost of the project will increase as there will be more time involved and a second scaffolding tower needed. I am not sure as to the additional costs, be assured we will do everything needed to keep our patio area safe.
Thank You to everyone that has contributed to the project. To date we have raised the following funds:
Individual donations $6,215.00
Teamters Local 346 $2,000.00
Essentia Community Contributions $2,000.00
Ordean Foundation (Pledge) $2,000.00
Total Raised: $12,215.00
WISHING YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
Scott and Jan
Fall is near and I must say it is my favorite time of year. I love the cool brisk air and all the beautiful colors it brings. I will try to spend as much time as I can this fall at the cabin with my dog, Lily. In case you were unaware, autumn fishing can be amazing. Another great thing that fall brings, is football season! Every Friday for the NFL season, wear your team colors and show off your spirit. You can be certain that I will.
Thank you to everyone that has donated to the brick-wall repair. The work should start soon and be finished this fall. The first phase will involve tearing down the damaged bricks and replacing them with new bricks. This may or may not be the end of our brick renovation project. When the crew tears down the damaged bricks, they will have a better idea of what damage has been done and if we need further construction. The most important aspect from this project is to make our patio area safe again.
We wanted to let you know that we have three new wheelchairs on the way to be used for appointment escorts. We also have extended handle grabbers on the way for your use in each laundry room. We hope this will make your lives a little easier.
What is happening on first floor east wing? The project is moving right along. St. Luke’s has moved to their new space at the end of the hall. The former St. Luke’s space is nearly ready for the CNA/PCA office. Our new medication room has been painted and carpet has been laid. In the end we will have a fun dedication ribbon cutting for all of you to come and see. Once again, we hope having all of these nursing services in a unified place will make your lives easier.
Scott and Jan
On the morning of Friday, August 18th I was greeted on the patio with bricks on the ground. Brick buildings are high maintenance and owning one is asking for constant upkeep. You must be wondering, “What happened?” Well, water has accumulated behind the bricks on the inner west wall, facing our patio. Over the years, water has frozen and thawed and deteriorated the mortar and the integrity of the bricks themselves. This has pushed the bricks away from the wall, slowly but detrimentally over the years. If you decide to take a look, you will notice where some of the bricks have fallen from, and where others have “bulged” and are at risk of falling. The repair cost for this is something we will need help with, as it is significantly out of the ordinary for us.
“One Brick at a Time” is the name of our fund raising efforts. I am estimating the cost of this project to be in the range of $75,000.00. St Ann’s has some funds saved for this type of unexpected project, but your help is greatly appreciated. No gift is too small. If you would like to donate towards this project, please fill out the form below and bring it to the front desk for Scott or Jan.
Scott Johnson Jan Lappy
Executive Director Assistant Administrator
One brick at a time
I would like to make a gift of…
- $5.00-$99.00 Name______________________________
- $100.00-$500.00 Address_____________________________
- $500.00-$1,000.00 ____________________________________
Can you believe it’s already August? This summer is definitely going by way to quickly! The summer started out on the shy side but hopefully we will be blessed with great weather this month.
In the June edition of Annlines we asked you to submit a “story” with your personal testimony or story about Saint Ann’s and you. Several stories were turned in with excellent testimonials. There is still time to turn in your own personal story if you would like. With each submission, you will get a chance to enter a drawing for a $25 gift card, courtesy of WDIO. We will be drawing the winner the last week of August.
Please excuse the construction on the first floor east wing. The project of the Resident Care Service Department is moving to the first floor is still in progress. The computer cabling will be completed the week of August 1st. Our next move is to move our computer server. Our maintenance department is busy painting and upgrading the new St. Luke’s Therapy room. This is part of the project was made possible by an $8,000 technology grant from the Miller Dwan Foundation. Our hopeful date for having this project completed is set for October.
Our audit occurs every year in August. The business office employees will be busy at the end of the month making sure we are in compliance with all of our accounts, nonprofit regulations, and bookkeeping practices.
Lastly, we would like to thank all of our staff, residents, volunteers, and families who have worked so hard on our summertime events. Our summer picnic, rummage sale, and the work completed in the gardens was accomplished with all of your hard work. Thank you!
Scott and Jan
How wonderful it is to be living in Duluth during the summer. The truth is, even though we may complain about the weather, we love all of our seasons here.
This month we would like to talk further about ideas for “giving”. Saint Ann’s is a non-profit organization, and has a long history of being the gracious recipient of many gifts from those that live here, and have lived here. Families of current and past residents, local businesses and grant giving organizations are a few examples of places Saint Ann’s has received gifts from. However, giving money on a limited budget is difficult. We all know and understand the reality of living within our means.
If you are considering ways to help Saint Ann’s, perhaps estate planning would be an option. Meeting with your loved ones, or your financial counselor and deciding on a pre-planned gift to Saint Ann’s would be a welcomed option for giving. A second idea, along the same line of thinking, would be to request your family to have your memorial donations be “gifted” to Saint Ann’s. This is a beautiful way to express your appreciation for our organization and mission, without changing your wishes for what you may be gifting your family.
We appreciate you very much, and are glad you choose to live at Saint Ann’s. We hope we are meeting your needs and providing you with a wonderful place to live. If there are any questions about gifting, please feel free to contact myself, or Jan. We will do our best to answer your questions.
Scott O. Johnson
I want to take a moment to talk about advertising and marketing. Many of you, over the past year have come to me to share your ideas about how to “best spread” the news about St Ann’s. I want to say Thank You for your input; I love to hear all of your ideas. Over the past year, we have done many things to organize our marketing efforts: television advertising, radio, newspaper, church bulletins, improved brochures, business cards, healthcare booth displays, speaking engagements, and to improve our social media presence. The quest for that next idea continues, and that is where you come in.
I have asked our television film crew to work with us on a series of “Story Ads”. I would like to present your personal testimony as to why you chose to live here, and why you continue to stay. Some examples are; how did you met your best friend at St Ann’s, or how is having a pet in your life important? Why is having a raised garden important to you in the summer? Really, I just want to hear your stories.
You will find the form to fill out, on a different page in the Annlines. They can be turned in to me at the front desk. I cannot wait to hear from you.
With each story submission, you will get a chance to enter a drawing for a twenty-five dollar gift card, courtesy of WDIO.