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Why I Like to Work at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine

TLHA employee

This coming March, I will have been here for 32 years. When I first started at TLHA, I worked at Hope Residence as a Living Unit Assistant. I then became a Living Unit Coordinator and a Social Work/Program Manager, respectively, before becoming a Licensed Social Worker. When I first started working as a Social Worker, I split my time between Hope Residence and The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine. I eventually transitioned fully to The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine where I am still at today. A couple of years ago, I also spent some time at Kingsway Retirement Living when I filled in as a Social Events Coordinator.

Our Timetable - God's Timetable


Bill Truebenbach, Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) Program Coordinator, shares how people began a JCM program in the Kenosha area.

“Inspirational Moments” Program Provides Trip of a Lifetime

Francis and Mickey Mouse

Belle Plaine, MN–”For as long I can remember, my dream has been to go to Disney World someday to meet Mickey Mouse and that crazy dog, Pluto,” says Francis Mueller, a resident at The Lutheran Home: Hope Residence.

Christmas Card Artist Helps Say “Merry Christmas from Jesus”

TLHA Christmas Card Artist

Mankato, MN–Marcelline Babcock, age 77, doesn’t consider herself an artist. She gives that credit to her sister who is a painter, despite being legally blind. In spite of this, Marcelline recently earned the title of Christmas card artist due to her design being chosen in The Lutheran Home Association’s (TLHA) annual Christmas art contest. The selected design appears on more than 27,000 cards that are sent out worldwide by this non-profit ministry.   

Heritage Homes to Host Augie’s Elite Cuisine Cooking Show

Augies Elite Cuisine Cooking

Watertown, WI–On December 20 at 1:00 p.m., Heritage Homes will host Augie’s Elite Cuisine Cooking Show.  The show will be held in Assisted Living on the third Tuesday of each month and will remain at Channel 13’s studio (in the lower level of City Hall) the rest of each month.  The theme for December 20 is “Christmas.”    

Celebrating Christmas

Jesus Care Ministries Christmas

Jackie Mayer, Community Relations Director, shares her thoughts on sharing Christmas with a child who has a disability:

The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine Receives Quality Ranking


Belle Plaine, MN–The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently awarded The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine an overall five-star rating—the highest possible. A five-star rating means the home was “much above average.” CMS’s “Five-Star Quality Rating System” includes surveys, staffing and quality measures in addition to the overall rating. This ranking system is used for skilled nursing facilities throughout the United States. Only 10% of all nursing homes in the United States receive this ranking. 

Summer Ministry Experience Helps Plants a Jesus Cares Ministry Program

Abiding Word Lutheran Church, Houston Texas

“Since the first fellowship and worship [event], Abiding Word has continued with a monthly [Jesus Cares Ministries] program and has them scheduled through May. The number of volunteers has grown to about thirty, and the faces of new guests are being seen at each event. There is already a request for baptism, and several attend Sunday worship on a regular basis,” wrote Marilyn Miller, Deaconess at Abiding Word Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas.

5 Useful Tips About Volunteering


Jim Esmeier, Administrator of Resources and Education, shares tips from our last webinar:

St. Michael’s Lutheran Home Fall Festival a Great Success

St. Michael's Assisted Living Fall Festival

Fountain City, WI — On Sunday, October 30, St. Michael’s Lutheran Home held a Fall Festival Open House for the community to showcase their extensive remodeling project. The open house highlighted their recently refurbished building and grounds, including major upgrades to resident rooms and dining, activity and lounge areas. Community members lined up for the afternoon’s activities; which featured live music by the duo Café Mélange, face painting, pumpkin decorating and trick or treating. Festive foods and refreshments were also served.

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