During December we asked the executive directors of our Vista Prairie Communities (VPC) to reflect on our mission of compassion and joy as we enter a new decade. They described what they see and experience where they serve in eight Midwestern communities. From left to right as pictured:
Jennie Marcus – Copperleaf in Willmar, MN – “Relationships and friendships built through teamwork.”
Natalie Seehausen– Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls, MN – “True ‘joy’ comes when you inspire, encourage and guide someone else on a path and we all benefit from their success.”
Cal Diekmann – Fieldcrest in Sheldon, IA – Cal experiences joy “every day when residents wave at me when they walk by!”
Rachael Evers – At that time, leader of Monarch Meadows in North Mankato, MN – “Intentional, meaningful, purposeful, caring relationships.” It was a true joy working with you Rachael!
Joe Childs – River Heights in South St. Paul, MN – “Genuine joy-filled communities.”
Chris Carter – Windmill Ponds in Alexandria, MN – Chris sees joy in residents’ “warm, contented smiles revealing peaceful hearts.”
Pamela Rubis – Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont, MN – “The ability to serve others and greeted with a smile every day!”
Kim Webster – Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, with oversight for Emerald Village in North Olmsted, OH – For Kim, these words lead to joy – “passion, leadership, integrity, hard-work and dedication.”
In our complex world, author and Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry has sage wisdom on the topic – “Be joyful – though you have considered all the facts.”
Throughout the new year we wish you bountiful joy coupled with the compassion of loved ones around you!