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Interested in activities and outings planned for the Hillcrest Apartments at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Take a look at the December calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman? Take a look at the December calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the Gardens residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles? Take a look at the November calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for Shepherd of the Valley Howland’s Greens residents? Take a look at the November calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland? Take a look at the November calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman? Take a look at the November calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the residents at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman? Take a look at the August calendar or click on the image below to download a larger, printable calendar PDF.
Interested in activities and outings planned for The Hillcrest Apartments at the Shepherd of the Valley in Niles?
Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF of the July calendar.
In 2005, the Valley Legacy Awards program was created to honor those who have devoted a lifetime of working to improve the Mahoning Valley, and those who work with the senior population. The program is directed by the volunteer Valley Legacy Advisory Board under the sponsorship of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services, Inc.
We invite you to be a part of this uplifting event by becoming a sponsor of the Valley Legacy Awards and join the companies and individuals from across the Mahoning Valley who have sponsored the event through the years. A list of sponsors from previous Valley Legacy Awards can be seen here. Sponsorships are crucial to the success of this event that publicly recognizes and thanks those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.
To date, nearly 230 extraordinary people and organizations throughout Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties have been honored. (Click here for 2012 Nominee Biography Sheet) The Valley Legacy Award has been presented to 45 of those honorees. In 2010, the Cliff Johnson Valley Legacy Memorial Award for Timeless Service was created and is awarded posthumously by the Advisory Board to honor exceptional commitment to the Valley.
Nominations are solicited from the general public. Judging panels comprised of people dedicated to volunteerism and senior advocacy efforts from across the tri-county area carefully review all nominations and select award recipients. The annual awards luncheon draws more than 250 people representing businesses, organizations, friends, family, and numerous community leaders. As each nominee is introduced, a brief synopsis of his or her achievements is shared with the audience.
Download a copy of the Sponsor Form and help us to provide an appropriate recognition for these outstanding people.
The ninth annual Valley Legacy Awards luncheon, celebrating those who leave a lasting legacy of service and inspire others through their actions and deeds, is scheduled for noon, Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Avion on the Water.
I am in an assisted living interest group on LinkedIn, and we have a lively discussion going on whether we need to change the word “senior” in our promotion, etc. Rather than Senior or Retirement Communities, should they be called adult communities or active living communities, or ???
One of the people in the group asked when “senior” became a bad word…and that got me thinking.
I think that “senior” has started to have negative connotations as the Baby Boomers started acquiring that status. It is all about the perception of the word and, I think where you fall on the age spectrum changes that perception. Senior was a GREAT word when we in high school or college. ”Senior” was a beginning. We looked forward to getting older and all that brings – becoming an adult, going to college, getting your first apartment, starting a career/marriage/family. However, at the other end of the spectrum, the word serves to remind that all this is in the past, choices are becoming limited, and we are closing in on the twilight of our years.
Frankly, we Boomers (yes, we) are a bit like Peter Pan – We’ll never grow up! I admit that as one of those on the OTHER end of the spectrum, I am in no way emotionally ready to be called a senior. Emotionally, I am 32, thank you very much!!
From a marketing perspective, I think it is wise to listen to our communities to gauge the emotional temperature of the word “senior”.
So, tell me. What do YOU think about the word “senior” and what other word or words can we use instead?
On December 1, Kelly Pavlik surprised boxing fan Ted Olesky, a resident at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman, presenting him with an autographed pair of his boxing gloves.
Mr. Olesky had followed Pavlik’s career from the beginning. His daughter explained that her dad liked him because he’s a hometown boy from a blue-collar background who has “done lots for the area.”
“We found out Kelly was in town for a few days,” explained Kim Osborn, SOV-Boardman/Niles Activity Director. “We are thrilled and think it is truly special that he has been able to make time in his busy schedule to visit Mr. Olesky.”
The Shepherd staff embraced Second Wind Dreams (www.secondwind.org) to help our seniors realize one more dream. The program highlights the positive aspects of aging and encourages the community to join in on the celebration of life in our elders, making their dreams a reality, and joining the rewarding quest by becoming DREAM WEAVERS.
Last month, Bo Rein Stadium, homeod the Niles Red Dragons, served as the location for a touching Second Wind Dream involving Bill and Joan Ifft, Assisted Living residents at Shepherd of the Valley – Niles.
When they were asked what dream they would like to come true, the Iffts quickly answered, “We want to see our grandson play football.” They had never been to a game and their grandson, Ryan, is a senior at Niles McKinley High School and was one day away from playing the last regular season game of his high school career.
This dream had to come together quickly. The Dream Team at Niles swung into action and contacted Marc Fritz, Athletic Director for Niles City Schools. He graciously offered free tickets to the game for the Iffts and Shepherd staff and front row seating so they could catch all the action. He also worked with head football coach Brian Shaner who gave Ryan a few precious moments before the game to hug his grandparents, thank them for coming to watch him play, and present his grandma with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. While words were not easily expressed, Bill and Joan’s happy tears were eloquent.
The Red Dragons added the icing on the cake as they defeated the Youngstown East Panthers and clinched a playoff berth.
The Shepherd staff embraced Second Wind Dreams (www.secondwind.org) to help our seniors realize one more dream.
Throughout 2012, Shepherd of the Valley has celebrated the 40th Anniversary of its founding in 1972. On November 19, three individuals who were instrumental in the formation of Shepherd of the Valley were honored at the 40thAnnual Meeting with the Helen R. Stambaugh Award. The recipients were:
Pat Niswonger: 40 years ago, Shepherd of the Valley was an idea waiting to happen. Pat Niswonger was the president of the Lutheran Women’s League during the formation of the corporation. She was instrumental in securing the first major gift for the building campaign, presenting a check for $10,000 from the Lutheran Women’s League.
Rev. Gary Schreckengost: Pastor Schreckengost has supported Shepherd of the Valley from its inception. He served on the original Shepherd of the Valley Steering Committee and continued his service through the decades on the Board of Managers. Pastor Gary is currently the senior pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Youngstown.
Ernie Sigle: Mr. Sigle played an instrumental role in the formation of Shepherd of the Valley. He served on the original Board of Managers and was the second Board President (1974-1975). Mr. Sigle has remained involved with Shepherd of the Valley over the years, helping to ensure quality leadership as a member of the Board’s Nominating Committee.
The Helen R. Stambaugh Award recognizes individuals, businesses, or organizations that have provided extraordinary contributions of time, talent, and/or treasure that have had a profound and long-lasting impact upon the residents, staff, and Shepherd of the Valley communities. The award was first presented in 2008 to its namesake, the late Helen Stambaugh.
“HOWDY!” the brass plaque on the rockers welcomes everyone to sit and rock a spell. Ed Johnson and his sister Jean Davis recently donated two rockers in memory of their mother, Sally Johnson, for Shepherd of the Valley-Niles’ “front porch”. They said the chairs needed to say “Howdy” because it reflected their mother’s spirit.
“Mom greeted everyone with a ‘howdy’,” son Ed shared. He and Jean explained that the gift was commensurate with their mother’s philosophy, which they wanted to memorialize. “She was a giving person who came from a generation where you sat on the porch and visited with family and neighbors.”
Thanks to their donation, residents and staff can remember this remarkable, kind, and generous woman while they sit and rock a spell.
Sally Johnson always said she attributed her long life and good health to hard work. Mrs. Johnson experienced a great deal in nearly 103 years; the horrific flu pandemic of 1918, WWI, women gaining the right to vote, the invention of the automobile, the Great Depression, “talkies”, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, television, men on the moon, and the Internet, all while raising 16 children…eight her husband brought into the marriage, two of her own, and six they had together!
Besides raising this large family, during WWII Sally, her daughter Helen, and several neighbors traveled to Abington, VA, six days a week to load military shells for the Navy. She remembered receiving Gas Ration stamps since she worked for the war effort. “We gave them to Blanche Miller to keep gasoline in the car so we could make the trip to our job,” she related.
At the age of 43, she and her family moved to Ohio. Sally worked in several occupations including a press operator in a local laundry and as “house mom” at her son-in-law Ray’s rooming house in Warren.
“She lived on her own until she was 97,” Ed shared with a smile. “So many people have their kids telling them ‘it’s time to move’ and it’s a hard sell. Mom made the decision to move to a senior apartment on her own. From there she moved to assisted living and then to Amaryllis Avenue in the nursing center at Shepherd Niles.”
“She loved the staff and enjoyed living at Shepherd,” Jean added. “We enjoyed everything at Shepherd.”
For more information, contact Rick Mattix, Associate Director, at 330-544-0771, x2802, or via email at RMattix@ShepherdoftheValley.com.