It has been a year since life at Immanuel Lutheran Communities—as in the rest of the world—changed dramatically due to COVID-19. Our community faced numerous challenges during this time, but with the support of our wonderful community of supporters we made it through. As we reopen parts of our campus and look toward the future, we sincerely thank all of the people who helped our residents and staff adapt to life in the pandemic. Your gifts of time, talents, and treasure made a real difference in the lives of Immanuel Lutheran Communities’ residents. Thank you!
The Immanuel Foundation is actively fundraising to upgrade the ventilation system and the finishes in the common spaces on the East wing of the Immanuel Skilled Care Center. Thanks to our generous donors, we have already made substantial progress on this project. Funds raised through the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Day of Giving and Unity on May 4-5 will purchase UV sterilization technology that will help keep residents safe from future viruses and environmental irritants. We have also allocated existing foundation dollars to help complete the ventilation system upgrade and align the appearance of the common spaces on East with the rest of the Skilled Care Center and Retreat.
Learn more from Immanuel Lutheran Communities CEO Jason Cronk and Director of Facilities Dave Jolly:
Last spring, when critical PPE like masks and medical gowns suddenly became necessary and hard to find, we issued an urgent call for help. Community volunteers responded with energy and generosity and in the past year these individuals sewed over 1700 gowns and 1500 masks. Their dedication made an enormous difference in our ability to meet our PPE needs and we are forever grateful for their generosity.
We are grateful to all the donors who helped our residents stay remotely connected to their loved ones while we were closed to visitors due to the pandemic. Thanks to your generosity and grants from the state of Montana, residents can now communicate via FaceTime in their rooms on an iPad or see a somewhat bigger screen on an iN2L (It’s Never Too Late) system—a touchscreen the size of a small television that provides games and entertainment as well as remote communication. In coming months, they’ll have the opportunity to see their loved ones life-sized using a new connected theater system at the Immanuel Skilled Care Center. Many residents have enjoyed these systems so much that they continue to use them.
Watch the video to learn more about iN2L:
Nothing can replace the benefits to residents of visiting with loved ones in-person. When we realized we needed to close to visitors, we started thinking about ways to make in-person visitation safe during the pandemic. First, we added an outdoor visiting space at Buffalo Hill Terrace to create a safe visiting space on the Wooden Nickel patio. As the weather cooled and we experienced the need for enclosed space, grants from the state and more generosity from our community of donors helped us install glass-walled visiting spaces at both the Immanuel Skilled Care Center and Buffalo Hill Terrace. To make these spaces even more functional, we added wireless adaptive communication systems with headphones that allow users to adjust the volume and hear each other more clearly.
Because of your gifts, Immanuel provides comfortable accommodations, excellent care, all Immanuel residents have access to high-quality care and recent technological innovations. Your gifts also help our staff obtain additional education and provide the resources we need to keep our campus up-to-date.
At the Immanuel Foundation, we believe that every senior living in Montana has the right to a safe, secure home in an engaging and supportive community. We work every day to make that vision a reality and your financial support is crucial.