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Veteran Move-In Special

July 17, 2017

Veterans who sign an independent lease in July & August save!

New Howland and Poland residents will receive a $1500 statement credit. New Niles residents will receive a $500 statement credit.

Contact Info:

Shepherd of the Valley – Howland
330-856-9232, ext. 2618

Shepherd of the Valley – Niles
330-544-0771, ext. 2817

Shepherd of the Valley – Poland
330-726-7110, ext. 2318

Reinventing the Strategic Planning Process: An interview with Shepherd of the Valley CEO, Rich Limongi

July 5, 2017

Leading Age Ohio President/CEO Kathryn Brod spoke with Shepherd of the Valley’s Executive Director Rich Limongi about the strategic planning process. His interview was shared with Leading Age Ohio members as a tool in their strategic planning process. You can download the interview here or read the text below.

Reinventing the Strategic Planning Process
An interview with Rich Limongi, CEO
Shepherd of the Valley, Youngstown, Ohio

Shepherd of the Valley — of the Mahoning Valley in Northeastern Ohio — had its inception in 1972, when representatives from 40 local Lutheran churches came together to discuss the development of a home for the elderly. They shared a common vision: Create a not-for-profit community that would operate with a Christian philosophy.

With roots familiar to so many faith-based not-for-profit organizations, from this preliminary meeting Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Center was formed.The Lutheran Women’s League presented $10,000 to Shepherd’s original Board of Managers to help accomplish the mission of the Lutheran home. Between 1972 and 1974, several parcels of property and buildings were acquired and became what is now referred to as the original site of Shepherd of the Valley in Niles. Over the years, additional properties were acquired and services were added in Boardman, Howland and Poland. In 1997, the organization expanded its services to include At Home With Shepherd, a home health care program designed for the changing needs and expectations of families. In 2017, the organization completed a major nursing home addition on its Poland campus.

Rich Limongi joined Shepherd of the Valley in February 1991, becoming CEO in 2014. Rich took the time recently to describe the growth of his organization since he took the helm and the evolution of his organization’s strategic planning process.

How frequently do you and your board complete a strategic planning process?
Tradition and my experience had been to complete a plan every three to five years, but I  feel that change is unfolding so rapidly that we need to position ourselves to be more proactive. Our current strategic plan was adopted in 2015; we planned for a three-year horizon, so we are now preparing to launch our next strategic planning process in order to have the new strategic plan completed in 2018. I anticipate that this next plan will unfold even more rapidly; we are targeting the follow-up strategic plan for 2020.

So, you’ve gone from a five- to a three- to a two-year strategic plan. Help us understand the process you use to develop your strategic plan.
I know that for some organizations a strategic plan may be a bit of a formality, but for Shepherd of the Valley the strategic plan provides the framework for our ongoing reporting to the board. The plan’s objectives and action steps are a routine part of our board reporting, with a dashboard approach used to give the board a quick view of the status of work underway. This systematic reporting to the board ensures that we are regularly reviewing progress we’ve made towards the plan and ensures accountability to the board. Our leadership team also shares quarterly to all frontline staff to assure that they all understand where “our road map” is heading.

The results of this ongoing work will provide a foundation for the preparation for our next strategic planning process.

Describe that planning process, Rich. Does it include the board?
Our last strategic plan was prepared through a weekend retreat with the board. It was good, ‘meaty’ time with staff and board working together through the work of a facilitator to hone our sights on key initiatives. This time, though, I’m planning on using staff to drive the preparation work. We’ll seek the input of the board for the traditional SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity and threat) analysis, of course, but I believe we can keep the board’s work a bit more time limited and, more importantly, more focused on generative work, i.e. away from operations.

We recently held meetings with senior managers to identify our successes and challenges. We also sent to our Board a series of “BIG PICTURE” questions for their input. Each of these will inform the strategic plan development.

Your organization has been growing through the addition of new physical plant offerings (your new nursing home), but you’ve also grown through the addition of rehab services, medical social services and At Home with Shepherd. Can you share how you believe you should best position your organization for the future? i.e. Will growth continue as a focus of your future?
We definitely want to expand our Home and Community Based Service line from more than just our home health agency aka “At Home with Shepherd” and investigate the hospice service arena. This approach may be a collaborative approach; we are looking at its feasibility. We also plan to move into Liberty Township in Spring 2018 to construct a full CCRC (life plan community). We anticipate a 12-month construction timeframe.

What words of advice would you offer an organization that wants to revitalize its strategic planning process?
Communicate to your stakeholders early on in the process. Get your staff involved and encourage their participation. Appoint chair people for each “issue area” and empower them to provide updates and lead discussions. This has to be a collaborative/team effort to be successful and to tell your organization’s story!!

prepared by Kathryn Brod
LeadingAge Ohio

Family and Friends Nights

July 5, 2017

Aloha from At Home with Shepherd!

Please join us for a Family & Friends Night luau featuring a Hawaiian style menu & entertainment! (Tanning lotion optional.)

We will be hosting three Family and Friend Nights throughout July. Each party will be from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. The dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, July 12th 
Shepherd of the Valley
1500 McKinley Ave.
Niles, Ohio 44446

RSVP to 330-530-4041 by July 5th!

Wednesday, July 19th
Shepherd of the Valley
301 W Western Reserve Road
Poland, Ohio 44514

RSVP to 330-530-4041 by July 12th!

Wednesday, July 26th
Shepherd of the Valley
4100 North River Road NE
Warren, Ohio 44484

RSVP to 330-530-4041 by July 12th!

Community Bible Study

July 5, 2017

Join Grace’s Chaplain Don Scott Monaco for coffee and fellowship each month. This is a free group open to the entire community.

Group meets the third Monday of every month at 10AM at our Niles location.

Shepherd of the Valley Community Center
1500 McKinley Avenue
Niles, Ohio 44446


No RSVP needed. Questions? Please contact:

Amy Miklandric
Grace Hospice

Kristen Taylor
Shepherd of the Valley

Stars and Stripes Sock Drive

June 27, 2017

Help our Veterans in Need!

During the month of July, we are collecting white, cotton socks for our Veterans. Please consider donating at the following locations (Please note: we need men’s and women’s socks.)

Shepherd of the Valley
5525 Silica Road
Youngstown, Ohio 44515

Shepherd of the Valley
7148 West Boulevard
Boardman, Ohio 44512

Shepherd of the Valley
4100 North River Road
Warren, Ohio 44484

Shepherd of the Valley
1500 McKinley Avenue
Niles, Ohio 44446

Shepherd of the Valley
301 W. Western Reserve Road
Poland, Ohio 44514

For more information, contact Danielle Procopio at 330-530-4038, ext. 2057.

Shepherd of the Valley’s Values: Compassion

June 26, 2017

In our daily interactions with clients, with staff, and with each other, we will be governed by the basic Christian values of compassion, respect, dignity, spirituality, integrity and quality.

Each month, we recognize employees who embody these values. Congratulations to our employees modeling Compassion.


Open Interview Week at Howland Location

June 22, 2017

Join Our 5-Star Team in Howland!

Shepherd of the Valley is holding an Open Interview Week at our Howland community Monday, June 26th through Friday June 30th from 10am– 7pm.

Open interviews will be conducted for nurses and nurse aides. Bring your resume and receive an interview on the spot. We have various shifts available.

Dates: June 26th – June 30th

Time: 10:00AM – 7:00PM

Location: Shepherd of the Valley – 4100 North River Road NE Warren, Ohio 44484

For more information, please contact Pam Hall at 330-530-4038, ext. 2038 or


Arthritis and Joint Pain Seminars

June 7, 2017

Giving up the things you love to do because of the pain?

Our guest doctors will explain arthritis and present treatment options including medications, therapy and minimally invasive hip and knee arthroplasty surgery.

Be sure to bring your questions! Brunch and refreshments will be served!

Upcoming seminar details:

June 20th, 2017 @ 9:00AM
Shepherd of the Valley – Niles
1500 McKinley Ave. Niles, Ohio 44446
Speaker: Matt Stonestreet, M.D.
RSVP to 330-544-0771 by June 14th

June 27th, 2017 @ 9:00AM
Shepherd of the Valley – Boardman
7148 West Blvd. Boardman, Ohio 44512
Speaker: Matt Stonestreet, M.D.
RSVP to 330-726-9061 by June 20th

July 11th, 2017 @ 9:00AM
Shepherd of the Valley – Poland
301 W Western Reserve Rd. Poland, Ohio 44514
Speaker: Matt Stonestreet, M.D.
RSVP to 330-726-7110 by July 5th

August 9th, 2017 @ 1:00PM
Shepherd of the Valley – Howland
4100 North River Rd. NE Warren, Ohio 44484
Speaker: Ken Jones, M.D.
RSVP to 330-856-9232 by August 2nd

Congratulations to the 2017 Fairhaven Graduates

May 24, 2017

Shepherd of the Valley is a Proud Partner to the Fairhaven Program

Shepherd of the Valley partners with the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Fairhaven program to provide a site for students to have work study experiences.

Each year, Shepherd typically works with a few Fairhaven students, who spend three days each week working here. Most complete their time in dietary, housekeeping or maintenance.

Open Houses – Howland, Niles, Poland

May 24, 2017

We are looking for new neighbors!

Come learn about retirement living at Shepherd of the Valley! Explore our community. Tour our independent and assisted living suites, see our rehab room and meet our residents & staff. Refreshments provided.
Open House
Sunday, June 11th 2017
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location and Contact Information
Shepherd of the Valley- Howland
4100 North River Road, NE
Howland, Ohio 44484
Phone: 330.856.9232
Shepherd of the Valley- Niles
1500 McKinley Ave.
Niles, Ohio 44446
Phone: 330.544.0771
Shepherd of the Valley- Poland
301 W Western Reserve Rd.
Poland, Ohio 44514
Phone: 330.544.0771