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Just think, you can be in your new carefree home at Shepherd of the Valley before summer arrives. Click here for more information on how you can begin to live a carefree life at the Howland or Poland Shepherd community!
If you or a loved one is thinking of moving to a new apartment, check out The Hillcrest Apartments at Shepherd in Niles. Pets are welcome, utilities are included, there is no lease, the neighbors are great…and you can earn a month’s rent (up to $600) just for moving in by May 31st!
Contact Kristen Taylor, Marketing Director, for more information on moving to your new home in The Hillcrest Apartments at Niles.
Throughout the year, employees at each Shepherd community select employees to honor for their dedication and service. In March, five employees from that group, one from each Shepherd location, were honored as an Employee of the Year. This year the following employees were recognized:
Shepherd of the Valley- Niles: Anna Lisa Fawcett, 10p-6:30a shift aide. “She is always positive and always has a smile on her face,” commented Rick Mattix, Niles Associate Director. “You can tell she truly loves her job and was very appreciative of her most deserved honor. “ She has worked for SOV-Niles for 2 years.
Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman: Christina Resek. Christina has been a member of the housekeeping staff at SOV-Boardman since 2009. “Christina is very helpful to everyone,” stated Rich Limongi, Boardman Associate Director. “She goes out of her way for the residents, is always friendly, and a hard worker.”
Shepherd of the Valley-Howland: Lisa Freeman, LPN. “Lisa started at SOV-Howland in 2005 as a housekeeper, studied to become an STNA and is now an LPN,” stated Tamara Salvino, Howland Associate Director. “She is a dedicated employee who always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude.”
Shepherd of the Valley-Poland: Aaron Simko. Aaron has been employed in the SOV-Poland Dietary Department since 1996. “Aaron was chosen by his peers because he is always going out of his way to help the residents each and every morning” explained Kelly Stansloski, Poland Associate Director. “He gives them his undivided attention, warmth, and love. The entire staff at Poland is glad Aaron is on our team!”
Shepherd of the Valley-Corporate/Home Health: Melissa Tustin. Melissa joined the Shepherd of the Valley staff as the Accounts Receivable Supervisor in January of 2010. “Melissa was a good addition to the staff. She is very professional and leads her staff by example,” stated Victoria Brown, CFO/Corporate Office Associate Director.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living community at Poland?
Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF of the April calendar.
Interested in activities and outings planned for the assisted living community at SOV-Niles?
Click here or on the image below to download a larger, printable PDF of the February social calendar.
Operation Santa Paws is back to bring happiness, joy, and chew toys to animals everywhere…or at least in the Mahoning Valley! Operation Santa Paws is a drive by Shepherd of the Valley, spearheaded by its Poland community, to collect needed items for the dogs, cats, and other animals cared for by Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary in Salem, Animal Charity of Youngstown, and The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County in Warren.
“Last year, the Southern Park Mall joined us in this project and we far exceeded our expectations,“ stated Paula Blakeman, SOV-Poland Activity Director. “The shelters were very pleased with the food, toys, and other items we were able to provide to them.”
Starting on November 19th through Monday, December 17th, donations will be accepted at:
• all Shepherd of the Valley locations:
o Boardman, 7148 West Blvd., Boardman 44512
o Howland, 4100 North River Road, NE, Warren 44484
o Niles, 1500 McKinley Ave., Niles 44446
o Poland, 301 W. Western Reserve Rd., Poland 44514
o At Home With Shepherd Home Health & Corporate Offices, 5525 Silica Rd.,
• Copper Zone Tanning at the Southern Park Mall
• Pet Supplies Plus in Boardman
Download a PDF with suggested donations here or, for more information, contact Paula Blakeman , Shepherd of the Valley-Poland Activity Director, for more information at 330-726-7110, ext. 0, or click on the email link above.
On December 5th, a pet blessing led by Pastor Jim Brandis, Shepherd of the Valley Corporate Chaplain, will be held at 9:30am at Animal Charity, 4140 Market St, Youngstown. The public is welcome to participate and bring their pets to be blessed.
On December 9th, the Southern Park Mall is again having Pet Photos with Santa Claus from 3-7PM on the Sears concourse. All pets are welcome to have a photo taken with Santa. Bring a donation for Operation Santa Paws and receive a hand sanitizer.
Americans are recognized for being the most caring and giving people in the world. The 29 members of the 2012 class of Valley Legacy Award nominees are inspiring examples of this caring and giving nature.
Take a moment to meet them “up close and personal”. Click here to download a PDF with a short summary of each person’s nomination and photograph.
Oprah Winfrey shares our nominees’ motivation, saying “I choose to rise up and see that in moments of desperation, fear, and helplessness, each of us can be a rainbow of hope, doing what we can to extend ourselves in kindness and grace to one another.” This year’s nominees give of themselves, not to achieve recognition, but because they see a need. They truly care about helping others.
In the past seven years, the Valley Legacy Awards have honored nearly 175 extraordinary people and organizations, with 39 receiving the Valley Legacy Award. This year, a record 29 nominations were received from across the Valley. Nominees hailed from Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, East Palestine, Girard, Leavittsburg, Lowellville, New Waterford, Niles, Poland, Salem, Warren, West Farmington, and Youngstown. Our nominees span a multitude of interests, occupations, and talents. Friends and family nominated educators, community volunteers, veterans, business people, couples, sisters, and physicians.
Tickets to the luncheon on October 11th at Avion on the Water in Canfield are still available. Contact Lynn Miller at 330-530-4038, ext. 2057, or via email.
There was fellowship, food, prayer, and song as nearly 100 people gathered at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church to celebrate Shepherd of the Valley’s 40th anniversary.
Everyone gathered in the Crossroads Hall the evening of September 16, where they were greeted by a dozen collages of events and activities organized by site and decade. A visual media presentation highlighted people, locations, and events from Shepherd’s 40 years or service. The dinner buffet featured cakes decorated with Shepherd’s various logos through the decades was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Prior to the prayer service, a short program recalling the formation and achievements Shepherd has experienced over the past 40 years. Featured speakers included Ernie Sigle and Rev. D. Gary Schreckengost who were present from the beginning, and Dennis Parks, the current president of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Sigle talked about the initial meetings where the idea of a place where the Lutheran churches could care for their aging congregants became the reality of the first location in Niles. He took the crowd through the challenges of creating the idea, obtaining support and financing, and purchasing the first location.
Rev. Gary Schreckengost led the guests through the expansion years for Shepherd of the Valley and they moved into Mahoning County. He jokingly commented that he became the “building expert” as he was called upon to head the building committees for the Niles expansion, Poland condos, and the Poland assisted living building.
“Thousands have been served because of the efforts of faithful people like yourselves,” Rev. Schreckengost said in closing.
The final speaker was current Board President Dennis Parks who talked about the program additions and expansion projects undertaken in the 1990s including building the Howland community, its nursing home expansion project, and the addition of home health services.
“My nine years serving on the Board have been rewarding,” Mr. Parks commented. “(Shepherd is) truly a treasure to our area as it continues to serve our senior citizens and our community.”
Following the featured speakers, everyone was invited into the sanctuary for a prayer service. A mass choir made of members of the Zion and other Lutheran churches led them in song as prayers of thanks were offered for continued prosperity in the years to come.
Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offered encouragement and blessings. Pastor Ronald Young, Assistant to the President of the Ohio District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, offered congratulations and gratitude.
“Happy 40th anniversary, Shepherd of the Valley,” Rev. Eaton said. “May God continue to bless your work and may this continue to be a place of refuge.”
Click here or on the image below for a collage of photos from the event.
Congratulations to the nominees for this year’s Valley Legacy Awards. Twenty-nine nominations were received from across Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties.
The nominees for the Class of 2012 are…
Outstanding Senior Award
Lock P. Beachum, Sr.
Linda & Marlene Caldwell
Ronald & Dodie George
Ruth Jean Hawkins
James E. Herriman
Shirley & William Kohuth
Donald J. Marsco
Beverly Poidmore Pariza
Vincent E. Schuyler
Outstanding Advocate for Seniors Award
Thomas E. Albani, Jr., MD
Vincent E. Schuyler
Charles Wilkins, MD
Bios and photographs will be posted to the website and the Valley Legacy Facebook page beginning August 22.
The nominees will be honored and award recipients announced at the Valley Legacy Awards Luncheon on October 11th, 2012, Avion on the Water Banquet Center, Canfield. Invitations will be available after September 1. To be added to the invitation list, contact Lynn Miller at LMiller@ShepherdoftheValley.com or 330-530-4038, ext. 2057.