Thank You for Helping us to Provide Vibrant Living Spaces for Seniors

View Video of Completed Upgrades ~ Before & After 

The East area of the Immanuel Skilled Care Center was built in 1956 and was in dire need of comprehensive updates.  Community support, corporate sponsorships, donor contributions, a grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation, and donors in the Great Fish Community Challenge helped us to raise $419,000 to renovate the common spaces on East in 2022.  These modern finishes now match the Center area of the Immanuel Skilled Care Center and the Retreat.  We also updated mechanical systems to ensure that residents have a safe, healthy environment in which to spend their time.

Most of the residents on East are low-income individuals who receive Medicaid benefits.  Donor support helps to ensure that Immanuel Lutheran Communities is able to continue to provide safe homes in vibrant communities to seniors at all income levels.

This year we have been invited to join the Great Fish Community Challenge once again.  We are working to raise $50,000 for in-room upgrades for our beloved Skilled Care Residents regardless of their financial status and we hope to see you again this year.  Check out our video of the project before the common area upgrades, and afterwards.


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Our Project

In 2022, we renovated common spaces on East, including hallways, resident gathering areas, and other spaces that are used by nearly all residents and guests.  In addition to bringing the appearance of East up-to-date and aligning it aesthetically with the rest of the building, we installed new mechanical systems that tie in with existing, already-updated systems.  Here are some specific components of the project plan:

  • An updated Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system introduces twice as much clean air into the building as the previous system and ties into existing, updated systems.  The new HRV system accommodates the UV sterilization system our donors generously funded during the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Day of Giving and Unity.
  • Two new hospice rooms dedicated for residents approaching the end of their days.  Residents and guests can now spend this time together in a beautiful, private space.  Thanks to a grant from the Whitefish Community Foundation, this room includes special furnishings that add to the comfort of residents, guests, and family members.
  • New handrails with maple finish and stainless steel endcaps, corners and splices.  Our current handrails were installed in 1956 and were prone to splinters.  The new material is safer for residents and more modern in appearance.
  • Two-panel doors and metal doorframes for all room entries on the East wing.  These replaced worn-out doors and frames reflect current campus standards and match the rest of the building.
  • Drywall and paint replaced the existing tiled ceiling.  The new ceiling improved odor control as well as appearance.
  • Flooring for all common spaces includes nylon, carpet, and other materials to match flooring in the rest of the Skilled Care Center and the Retreat.  The new flooring material was chosen for easy maintenance as well as a more modern appearance.
  • Light fixtures for all common areas were installed to match light fixtures in other parts of the building.

Overall, this project created continuity throughout the building and provided a current, attractive environment for all Immanuel residents, regardless of their income status or payer type.

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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. 60% of our Skilled Care residents are low income, Medicaid qualified. Immanuel Foundation raises funds to support these seniors in need.

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