Starting now, May 4, and continuing until noon on May 5, the Immanuel Foundation will be participating in the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Day of Giving and Unity. This year, we will be raising funds to help upgrade ventilation systems at the Immanuel Skilled Care Center. The new system will improve air circulation and provide enhanced infection control capabilities.
The Day of Giving and Unity is a community-wide event that offers the opportunity to donate to over 80 local nonprofits. Visit the Whitefish Community Foundation website to learn more.
The Immanuel Skilled Care Center has been providing comfortable, supportive homes for Flathead Valley older adults, over 60% of whom are on Medicaid, since 1957. While we’ve upgraded parts of our building over the years, many of our mechanical systems were part of the original construction project in 1956. Of course, technology has advanced substantially in the last 65 years, especially in areas like air filtration and infection control. We will be upgrading our air circulation system to introduce additional clean, outside air into the building. The new system draws in twice as much outside air as the existing system, creating a cleaner, fresher environment for residents. This new system includes a built-in UV sterilizer that destroys all kinds of bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19, as well as some mold spores.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has lent particular urgency to this upgrade project, its benefits will long outlast the pandemic. The UV sterilizer will help mitigate the transmission of common infections like influenza and norovirus for many years to come, and the overall improvements to the ventilation system have benefits beyond infection control. Your contributions to this project will help ensure that the Immanuel Skilled Care Center remains a place where older adults at all income levels can thrive for decades to come.
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.