The Lutheran Home Association Acquires High Island Creek Residence

Marketing January 2, 2020

BELLE PLAINE, MINN. (January 2, 2020)—The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA), a non-profit healthcare and disability ministry, has announced its acquisition of the High Island Creek Residence, an IDF/DD facility in Arlington, Minn., thereby expanding its disability housing locations.

High Island Creek Residence is a 13-bed home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The community provides 24-hour care, training and activities for its residents. Day training is offered by the neighboring Sibley County Developmental Achievement Center.

“It is a privilege to add High Island Creek Residence to our portfolio of care communities,” said Christopher Meyer, CEO at TLHA. “We have streamlined efficiencies to provide quality care to our residences and extending our services to High Island Creek Residence will allow us controlled growth.”

High Island Creek Residence will be an extension of Hope Residence, a disability housing community in Belle Plaine. By combining the operations of these two sites, both communities can leverage TLHA’s resources.

“We are excited to add these team members and residents to our ministry,” said Debra Wilbright, Regional Director of Disability Services for TLHA. “The opportunities available to both team members and residents are a positive change that will enhance their daily life.”

There will not be any disruption of services for residents or job responsibilities for team members. TLHA anticipates a seamless transition of this acquisition into its existing operations.

“Hope Residence has a strong reputation in the industry and so being able to offer more amenities to our residents is complementary to our existing site,” said Sue Bienfang, Housing Director at High Island Creek Residence. “I look forward to working with The Lutheran Home Association and Hope Residence to continue to serve the special needs population. Our team members are dedicated to High Island Creek Residence and have served as a team for many years together.” 

The acquisition will increase TLHA’s owned and operated care communities to 459 beds at 9 sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin.