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:
<p>Jennie Marcus – Copperleaf in Willmar, MN – “Relationships and friendships built through teamwork.”
<p>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.”
<p>Cal Diekmann – Fieldcrest in Sheldon, IA – Cal experiences joy “every day when residents wave at me when they walk by!”
<p>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!
<p>Joe Childs – River Heights in South St. Paul, MN – “Genuine joy-filled communities.”
<p>Chris Carter – Windmill Ponds in Alexandria, MN – Chris sees joy in residents’ “warm, contented smiles revealing peaceful hearts.”
<p>Pamela Rubis – Goldfinch Estates in Fairmont, MN – “The ability to serve others and greeted with a smile every day!”
<p>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!