FAQs about The Lutheran Home Association

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What is The Lutheran Home Association?

 

Services and Programs

Where do you have services in Minnesota?

Where do you have services in Wisconsin?

What types of services and programs does The Lutheran Home Association offer?

What type of independent living services do you offer for seniors?

Where do you offer assisted living?

Where do you offer rehabilitative therapies?

Where do you offer skilled nursing care?

What do you offer in memory care?

 

Jesus Cares Ministries

What is Jesus Cares Ministries?

What Christian resources are available for teaching people with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

How do I learn more about starting a Jesus Cares Ministries program at my church?

 

Summer Ministry Experience

What is Summer Ministry Experience?

 

Employment

Who may I contact to learn about your current employment opportunities?

Besides direct care positions, what other kinds of jobs are available?

 

Spiritual

Do you have WELS/ELS chaplains on staff?

Could our Sunday School students come and sing for a chapel service sometime?

 

Charitable Giving

How do I go about making a donation to The Lutheran Home Association?

Are there any matching programs available?

Do you have a vehicle donation program?

How do I donate to the thrift store?

 

Other

Why does the website look odd? Why am I having trouble finding the drop-down menus?

 

What is The Lutheran Home Association?

The Lutheran Home Association is a not-for-profit corporation owned and operated by an association of Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) congregations. Our mission is to, “In Christ’s love . . . to provide for the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs of people entrusted to our care.

Our housing and health care services and programs are based in Belle Plaine and Mankato in Minnesota, and Watertown, Fountain City and River Falls in Wisconsin.

Jesus Cares Ministries is our national outreach program, assisting congregations in sharing God’s Word with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and communities.

Where do you have services in Minnesota?

We have 2 locations in Minnesota in Belle Plaine and Mankato.

The Lutheran Home Campus in Belle Plaine is a 22-acre continuum of care campus, with independent senior living, assisted living, skilled nursing care and memory care. An Intermediate Care Facility for people with developmental disabilities and apartments for people with disabilities are also part of our campus. Community rehabilitative therapies are available as well.

The Lutheran Home: Cedar Haven in Mankato offers assisted living services in a residential setting.

Jesus Cares Ministries, our national outreach ministry, is also based in Belle Plaine at our National Ministry Offices.

Where do you have services in Wisconsin?

We have 3 locations in Wisconsin.

St. Michael’s Lutheran Home in Fountain City offers assisted living, respite care and coordinates therapy services for residents and community members.  

The Lutheran Home Campus in River Falls offers skilled nursing care and independent senior living and assisted living services. Physical, occupational and speech therapies are also available for community members and residents.

Heritage Homes in Watertown, Wisconsin, offers independent senior living, assisted living and memory care. 

What types of services and programs does The Lutheran Home Association offer?

Each location offers individuals services, which may include:

  • Skilled nursing care
  • Assisted living
  • Independent senior living
  • Rehabilitative therapies
  • Independent senior living
  • An Intermediate Care Facility for adults with developmental disabilities (in Belle Plaine)
  • Jesus Cares Ministries, an outreach ministry
  • Summer Ministry Experience, a program for college students to learn about special ministries

We invite you to learn more about our services and programs by exploring our website.

What type of independent living services do you offer for seniors?

We offer market-rate apartments for seniors 55 and older in Belle Plaine in Minnesota and River Falls and Watertown in Wisconsin. Our affordable apartments (in which you must meet HUD eligibility requirements) are for adults 18 and older with disabilities and adults 62 and older are in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our senior living options.

Where do you offer assisted living?

We offer assisted living at The Lutheran Home: Cedar Haven in Mankato, Minnesota, and Kingsway Retirement Living in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

We offer assisted living at WelLHaven Senior Apartments in River Falls, Wisconsin and Heritage Homes in Watertown, Wisconsin.

Where do you offer rehabilitative therapies?

We offer both outpatient and inpatient physical, occupational and speech therapies at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine in Minnesota, The Lutheran Home: River Falls in Wisconsin, St. Michael’s Lutheran Home in Fountain City, Wisconsin, and Heritage Homes in Watertown, Wisconsin.

Where do you offer skilled nursing care?

We offer skilled nursing care, including respite and hospice services, at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine in Minnesota, The Lutheran Home: River Falls in Wisconsin, and St. Michael’s Lutheran Home in Fountain City, Wisconsin.

What do you offer in memory care?

The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine in Minnesota has a Special Care Residence, which provides specialized care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Kingsway Retirement Living in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, offers a dedicated memory care area with studio apartments, an interactive kitchenette, a courtyard and recreational and social opportunities.

St. Michael’s Lutheran Home in Fountain City, Wisconsin, offers adult day care services. This includes a therapeutic activity program and transportation services.

Heritage Homes opened its memory care in November 2010. You can learn more at its website.

You may inquire about adult day care services at The Lutheran Home: River Falls, which provides these services on occasion.

What is Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM)?

This outreach ministry assists congregations in meeting their responsibility to share the Gospel. JCM trains and provides resources to congregational volunteers working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and communities.

What Christian resources are available for teaching people with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

Through JCM Media, the publishing arm of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), we offer religious curriculum, a simplified liturgical service designed to give each part of the service special meaning and other resources for starting a JCM program.

How do I learn more about starting a Jesus Cares Ministries program at my church?

We invite you to learn more about Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) by visiting the JCM pages on the website. You are also welcome to contact any of our JCM team members or call our National Ministry Offices at 1-888-600-TLHA (8542) to learn more about how to start a program.

What is Summer Ministry Experience?

The Summer Ministry Experience (SME) is a 2-month program designed to provide a special ministry experience for college students within our church fellowship. To learn more about this program, you can contact our National Ministry Offices at 1-888-600-TLHA (8542).

Who may I contact to learn about your current employment opportunities?

Click on the position you are interested in our employment section on this website to see who to contact.

Besides direct care positions, what other kinds of jobs are available?

There are many different types of positions needed to allow our ministry to provide services each day.

At a skilled care nursing home, some of the types of positions that may be available (it varies by our location) are noted below.

  • Within the nursing department (RNs, LPNs, Nursing Assistants/Registered, Medical Records, Nursing staff coordinator)
  • Food services (lead workers, cooks, dietitian)
  • Therapeutic Recreation (TR assistants)
  • Social Services (social workers, admissions/marketing coordinator)
  • Rehabilitative therapies (physical, occupational, and speech)
  • Environmental Services (housekeeping, laundry and maintenance)
  • Administrative: Accounts payable/receivable staff, administrative assistants, receptionists, administrators/executive directors, and management positions for the various departments noted above.

Because the needs at each site are different, the positions available vary. Learn more about open positions by visiting our employment section.

Do you have WELS and/or ELS chaplains on staff?

Yes.

Full-time chaplains serve at The Lutheran Home Campuses in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, and River Falls, Wisconsin.

Semi-retired and area pastors serve at Heritage Homes in Watertown, Wisconsin, St. Michael’s Lutheran Home in Fountain City, Wisconsin, and The Lutheran Home: Cedar Haven in Mankato, Minnesota.

We invite you to learn more about our chaplaincy services at each location by exploring our website.

Could our Sunday School students come and sing for a chapel service sometime?

Our residents and staff really enjoy it when young people come to visit and/or provide music for a chapel service or a special concert. Or, if distance is an issue, you can send a tape for us to use as part of an activity.

Contact our National Ministry Offices or your nearest Lutheran Home to make arrangements to have your students visit.

How do I go about making a donation to TLHA?

Thank you for your interest in supporting our ministry!

You may go about making a contribution in several ways:

  • Gift-in-kind items: May be dropped off or shipped to the location of your choice. We would be happy to provide you with a “Needs” or “Wish” list.
  • Outright gifts of cash: Please make your check out to The Lutheran Home Association and designate if you have a specific area you’d like to support (TLH: Hope Residence, Jesus Cares Ministries, Chaplaincy, etc). If you are making a gift to our Foundation, that check should be written out to: TLHA Foundation. Note: We also do accept credit card donations.
  • Other charitable gift options: A variety of giving options are available: trusts, annuities, stocks, bonds, life insurance, etc.

Our Office of Mission Advancement team members are available to assist you. There is no cost for these services. Please call us at 1-888-600-TLHA (8542), and we’ll be happy to help to answer your questions.

Are there any matching programs available?

From time to time, we have special matching gift programs in place.

You can also see if your employer offers matched gifts. Check with your Human Resource Office to see if your company provides a matching gift for your charitable contribution.

Do you have a vehicle donation program?

We do have a vehicle donation program, and we invite you to contact us to learn more about it.

How do I donate to the thrift store?

The Home to Home Thrift Store in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, accepts donations during business hours. We do have donation guidelines due to safety concerns and state and national regulations.

Why does the website look odd? Why am I having trouble finding the drop-down menus?

The 2 most recent versions of all web browsers work with our website. If you have an older version (such as Internet Explorer 6), that may be causing the problem.