Team member shares memories of resident who was called home to Heaven

Hope Residence March 18, 2020

February 2, 2020 is a date that Marie Amberg Young will never forget. It was still during the night, but she couldn’t sleep.

“I woke up around 2 a.m., and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I had this feeling that I needed to go see Robert, so I did,” she explained.

He was surrounded by caregivers.

Within 10 minutes of Marie’s visit, Robert had been called home to Heaven.

“It was almost like he was waiting for me,” she shared.

Marie and Robert had always been close. Marie, a direct support professional at Hope Residence, worked one-on-one with Robert, a resident at the disability housing care community in Belle Plaine, Minn. Marie resided in one of the apartments within the Hope community and enjoyed being a part of the close-knit family of residents and team members.

“When you watch the interaction between residents and team members, you can see the trust and love they have for each other,” said Mark Hayes, President of Ministry at The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA). Hope Residence is a ministry of TLHA. “Knowing that Robert has been called home to Heaven is such a blessing. Our care communities provide a Christian home with onsite chaplains sharing God’s message and encourage team members to talk about their Savior.  It is the reason Robert’s family moved him to Hope Residence.  It’s the very reason our mission exists.”

Together, Robert and Marie did a lot of fun activities together—everything from playing Bingo to making crafts, to going on van rides. Along with a group of Hope residents, the pair attended the Minnesota State Fair.

Robert was friendly and compassionate. They would often go for walks, either outside or in the neighboring nursing home if the weather was bad.

“It was really fun because whenever he saw somebody, he had to say hi and talk. Our walks usually ended up taking a lot longer,” Marie explained.

In addition to living and working at Hope, Marie also financially supports the organization.

“My dad always had a philosophy about ‘if you can help your fellow man, do it.’ The residents here have a different life compared with everyone else. If I can make their lives a little bit better, I am going do it,” she explained.

Marie recently retired from Hope and plans to move closer to her family. She hopes to continue to share her time with residents at Hope in the future.

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