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Free 5 Week Community Program: Better Balance Class

March 22, 2017

Join Shepherd of the Valley for a FREE 5 week community program led by a physical therapist from Blue Sky Therapy.

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 2:30pm – 3:30pm



Classes will begin on May 9, 2017 & will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30pm – 3:30pm at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles, Ohio.


Patients will learn to increase balance and have fun doing it!


According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, inactivity can increase the risk of chronic illness or falls, especially in adults with any previous disabilities.


At Better Balance Class, each participant will complete an assessment including several balance tests. An individual program will be created to increase balance and overall strength for each participant.


Shepherd of the Valley – Niles

1500 McKinley Avenue
Niles, Ohio 44446

Space in the class is limited! Call (330) 544-0771, ext. 0 to reserve your spot!


* Classes will begin on May 9, 2017; all additional classes will meet on the following dates:

  • May 11, 2017
  • May 16, 2017
  • May 18, 2017
  • May 23, 2017
  • May 25, 2017
  • May 30, 2017
  • June 1, 2017
  • June 6, 2017

Shepherd of the Valley’s Annual Free Shred Event at Poland

March 22, 2017

Shepherd of the Valley is hosting our annual FREE Shred Event! Join us on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at our Poland location.Shepherd of the Valley Shred EventPrepare for the shredding event:

  • Gather & box up materials that you want to shred
  • Bring up to 5 banker-sized boxes to the event
  • Staples, paper clips, spiral notebooks and rubber bands are all acceptable to shred

Non-permitted material:

  • Plastic
  • Cardboard or cardboard boxes
  • Plastic bags
  • 3-ring binders
  • Vinyl
  • Metal
  • Media such as CDs, DVDs & VCRs

What to expect when you arrive:

  • Volunteers will direct traffic and assist with off-loading boxes
  • All materials will be shredded on site by a NAID certified agent
  • You may stay to watch you materials being shredded and enjoy free refreshments


Please call (330)726-7110 with any questions regarding this event. We hope to see everyone there!

301 W Western Reserve Rd. 
Poland, Ohio 44514


Currently Seeking Vendors for Fall Craft & Vendor Show

March 14, 2017

Fall Craft Show

Craft Show Vendor Registration

Craft Show Vendor Registration

April Move In Specials for Independent Living

March 14, 2017

Now is the time to save!

If you have been considering independent living at Shepherd of the Valley, take advantage of our wonderful April move in specials at Howland, Niles and Poland.

Throughout the month of April, new Independent Living residents will receive $1,500 off the first month’s service fee at our Howland and Poland locations, or a $500 statement credit towards their 4th month of Independent or Assisted Living at our Niles location. All size Shepherd of the Valley apartments and condos are included in these specials.

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If you have any questions about this special offer, please contact the director of your desired location.


Dawn Olson
Shepherd of the Valley – Howland
Director of Marketing & Admissions
(330) 856-9232, ext.2618

View Howland Flyer


Elida Cowles
Shepherd of the Valley – Poland
Director of Marketing & Admissions
(330) 726-7110, ext.2318

View Poland Flyer


Kristen Taylor
Shepherd of the Valley – Niles

Director of Marketing & Admissions
(330) 544-0771, ext.2817

View Niles Flyer


Shepherd of the Valley Poland Seeks Staff at Job Fair for New Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

March 10, 2017

Shepherd of the Valley Poland is holding a job fair Thursday, March 16th from 11am-7pm to staff their new skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. Full and part time staff is needed to fill RN, LPN, STNA and housekeeping positions. Open interviews will be conducted. Bring a resume to be interviewed.

Event: Job Fair

Date: March 16th

Time: 11am – 7pm

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

There are a limited number of positions available. Nursing and aide positions will have 12 hour, self-scheduled shifts. Housekeeping will have 8 hour shifts.

Qualified candidate may secure an interview prior to the job fair by:

  • Applying online at
  • Contacting Pam Hall, Human Resource Director, at 330-530-
    4038, ext. 2038 or

Shepherd of the Valley is a Christian not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing the finest quality care to the senior members of our community through an integrated continuum of services. Shepherd of the Valley has four locations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties and At Home With Shepherd Home Health Services.

2017 Shepherd of the Valley Employee Recognition Program

February 24, 2017






The Adventures of Flat Grandpa

February 24, 2017

Inspired by the Second Wind Dreams Flat Elder Project, Shepherd of the Valley has decided to share the adventures of Flat Grandpa!

Flat Grandpa wasn’t always flat; in fact Flat Grandpa was rather athletic. A prize fighter, born and raised in Youngstown, OH, he took his fair share of hits but always came out on top and became one of the most famous fighters in the United States. His mom always told him “You’ll get a flat nose because of all those hits” but he was so good and won so much money he didn’t want to stop boxing. It would seem logical to think that one solid hit from his opponent would cause him to go flat but you’d be wrong!

Fast forward several years, bumps, bruises and girlfriends later to a 20th wedding anniversary trip to fabulous Las Vegas, the home of big boxing matches and glitz and glamour. After a day of wining, dining and shopping (his wife has a terrible shoe habit) it was time to head back to the hotel and get ready for bed. Flat Grandpa’s wife asked him to put the new shoe boxes away while she relaxed on the couch. He opened the closet door and Wham! A complete avalanche of shoe boxes toppled on top of him, flattening him to a pancake. It took the hotel staff several minutes to even locate him underneath those boxes.

The former boxer was literally knocked out, but not the way everyone expected…

Fast forward 30 years and the side effects of taking all those blows are becoming more noticeable. The mind isn’t what it used to be, the joints are achy and a new hip is necessary. After undergoing orthopedic surgery he chose Shepherd of the Valley for his rehabilitation needs. He had such a good experience and enjoyed his time so much that he refused to go home. He did have one strange request; he wanted to have stays at each of the Shepherd communities to make as many friends as possible. But watch out for this guy! He has a tendency to follow you wherever you go!

Flat Grandpa has had many adventures visiting all of the residents and employees at Shepherd, going on outings and making new friends. Check out some of his adventures here:


Flat Grandpa spent some time working with our maintenance team, making sure the building is in tip top shape.


On an outing with the residents at Niles. Lunch and a movie!

Check out more adventures of Flat Grandpa on our Facebook page!

Interested in participating in the Flat Grandpa Project? Contact Kim Osborn at

Shepherd of the Valley celebrates ribbon cutting for Poland’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation center

February 10, 2017

Shepherd of the Valley celebrated their ribbon cutting for the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center at their Poland community on Thursday, February 9. Shepherd hopes to begin accepting residents into the new 32-bed center next month.


















Pictured left to right: Shepherd of the Valley Executive Director Rich Limongi, Board President Tony Amatore, Board Member Pat Was, Associate Director Kelly Stansloski, Environmental Services Director John Smith, Baker Bednar Synder & Associates Senior Project Architect Chris Bebb, DeSalvo Construction Executive Vice President Joe DeSalvo and DeSalvo Construction Vice President Mark Dodd.

Media Coverage:

Live Facebook tour with WFMJ

Shepherd of the Valley shows off new Poland center

Poland’s Happy Hour Lounge Dedicated in Resident’s Memory

February 8, 2017

LeRoy Bartelmay moved into Shepherd of the Valley Poland in 1999. He was well known and well liked amongst the residents and staff. He was very social and enjoyed spending time with his neighbors. Last year, residents, staff and family gathered to celebrate LeRoy’s 102nd birthday.

LeRoy’s younger brother, Merton, decided to move to Poland’s Independent Living in May of 2016.

“LeRoy was a resident that brought joy to our staff and his neighbors. LeRoy was the oldest of eight and we had the pleasure of meeting many of his family members over the years he lived here. We were excited to have another Bartelmay moving into our community,” said Elida Cowles, Poland’s Admission and Marketing Director.

Unfortunately, LeRoy had passed away in April, one month before Merton was to move in. Merton wanted to find a way to memorialize LeRoy in the place he had called home for 17 years.

“Merton had asked about opportunities to remember his brother. We had talked about what was important to LeRoy and what would be the most meaningful way to make an impact,” Cowles said.

Shepherd’s Foundation held a capital campaign for the new Poland project, providing donors recognition in a variety of ways. One of the opportunities was for naming rights within the building. Bartelmay hoped to have the happy hour lounge named in honor of his brother.

“It is very appropriate that we are memorializing LeRoy’s legacy in our happy hour lounge. He was a very social guy with a big personality and to remember him in a space intended to host social gatherings suits his reputation and his memory,” Tony Perrone, Director of Donor Engagement for Shepherd’s Foundation, said.

Bartelmay has one request: to have the first drink in the lounge in honor of his brother. The LeRoy Bartelmay Happy Hour Lounge was dedicated in a private ceremony on February 7, 2017.

“We had a very close family. There were eight children and LeRoy was the oldest. He was something of a celebrity here at Poland. My mother would have wanted me to do something to remember him. This would have made her very happy,” Bartelmay said.

For more information about Shepherd’s Foundation or naming right opportunities, please contact Tony Perrone at 330-530-4038, ext. 2028 or at

Save the Date for Shepherd’s Foundation 2017 Wine Social!

January 16, 2017