By Caitlyn Gudmundsen, Senior Manager of Program Development and Outreach
Today’s Front Line Hero is Ebenezer Society, which is finding creative ways to engage seniors and the community through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ebenezer was founded in 1917 by Lutherans in Minneapolis with the purpose of providing care for older adults experiencing homelessness, as well as others in need in their community. Today, Ebenezer is one of the largest senior living providers in Minnesota, and offers assisted living, independent living, adult day programs, as well as many other services for seniors.
Ebenezer intentionally provides its community members with numerous social activities, and hopes that they feel truly a part of the Ebenezer family. From Veteran’s coffee clubs to Oktoberfest to traveling apple orchards, there is always something going on at Ebenezer’s campus, and the staff have found ways to continue these offerings safely through the pandemic.
The Ebenezer Society Foundation recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted senior living communities especially hard, and that seniors are relying on activities and programs more than ever to ease feelings of loneliness. To help sustain existing programs for seniors and add new opportunities, the Ebenezer Society Foundation is selling humorous COVID-19 specific shirts with messages like, “COVID Hair – don’t care,” and “I’m smiling – behind my mask.” A portion of the proceeds supports programming for seniors through the pandemic. Get your shirtby entering the store code, “Ebenezer.”
Thank you to Ebenezer for your work to keep seniors engaged and cheerful through the COVID-19 pandemic!