Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

"Making a difference...by enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Rocked into Summer!

Residents, staff and supporters definitely brightened the summer season with the Rock A Thon event.  More than 100 people rocked on patios at Moravian Hall Square, Heritage Village and even on their own porches!

The weather was sunny and hot and the day was a big success.  Rockers and supporters enjoyed summertime refreshments and friendly conversations while knowing their efforts will help launch the new community outreach program, Morningstar Memory Café.

Thanks to donors and sponsors, the event raised more than $5,000 for the Memory Café.  These funds will help cover costs related to the café so that participants can attend free of charge.  If you want to learn more about the Memory Café, please read the summer edition of The Heritage newsletter.

Special thanks to our premier sponsor, Sodexo Senior Services as well as all those who contributed funds, rocking time, entertainment and hospitality for this event.  Morningstar Living knows how to “rock” the summer fun!

 

You can play an essential role at Morningstar Living

This is a difficult time for everyone, as uncertainty is all around us.  We at Morningstar Living are

doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  None of us could have possibly predicted the enormous cost involved in putting into place the extraordinary precautionary measures we’ve taken to protect our residents and team members who come to work faithfully every day.  Because we couldn’t anticipate this, we certainly didn’t budget for the cost impact of this worldwide pandemic on our communities in Nazareth.  I’m referring to the personal protective equipment, technology devices, and the isolation and disinfection supplies and services we never needed all at the same time prior to COVID-19…and we may just be at the tip of the iceberg when this is all said and done.

There are so many examples of the ways our administrative staff has created a safe and caring environment for residents and team members in which to live and work.  This listing of purchases and services has cost tens of thousands of dollars – that is why your help is need if you have the capacity to give!

  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • Disinfection equipment and products
  • Installation of polyethene containment walls and zip doors to create temporary isolation rooms
  • Screening stations and equipment
  • Enhanced culinary meal service beyond traditional meal times
  • Personal grocery and pharmacy shopping and delivery services at no additional cost for residents
  • Technology hardware and software for key staff to work virtually and remotely
  • iPads and other devices to help keep residents connected with families
  • New equipment to enhance programming on the in-house television Channel 22 for vital announcements and general entertainment
  • Technology enhancements to support telemedicine for virtual physician visits

This is  a list of ESSENTIALS Morningstar Living is committed to continue providing throughout this pandemic. Even though we don’t know the duration, we will do our utmost to serve those in our community. 

If you are able to make a gift, large or small – it WILL make a difference!

Please use the donate button to make your secure online gift. 

 

 

If you wish to phone in your credit card information to make a gift, please call the Foundation office at 610-746-1002 during weekday business hours.  If you need other attention regarding a gift, please email the Foundation at: giving@moravian.com

Please note your gift for Essentials.  I join with the Morningstar team in offering my gratitude to you for your care and support during this time.   Please know that your tender concern is appreciated.

 

 

 

This year’s Harvest of Friends dinner was fit for royalty!

The event was held at Woodstone Country Club and featured the theme of Downton Abbey.  Guests arrived in glittering finery – many women wearing fringed flapper evening wear!  Patrons enjoyed a cocktail reception and perusing the Wining and Dining certificates available for purchase.

Dinner was delightful and important messages were shared by President & CEO Susan C. Drabic, Foundation Chair, Darrell Crook and Gala Chair, Richard Solliday. 

Thank you doesn’t seem a bold enough phrase to express my gratitude for the success of this year’s event.   Please know that each gift and service supplied helped to achieve the fundraising success for benevolent care of residents who can no longer pay in full for their care at Morningstar Living. 

Harvest of Friends Grand Sponsors

Rex Level                     The Philadelphia Trust Company

Duke & Duchess       Clover Advisors and Phoebe Pharmacy

Marquis                       Citizen’s Bank and Darrell & Linda Crook

Count                           Owen M. Bastian, Brown Design Group, CMG of Easton, Susan C. Drabic,
                                       Deb & John Esposito, Shirley Flagler, Margaret Krawiec, Murray Insurance, 
                                       RLB Accountants, Richard & Linda Solliday, Wagner Family,
                                       Chestnut Hill Landscaping

Lord & Lady               Blue Valley Builders, Cathee & Karl Butz, ET&T, Guylai Family,
                                       Hanover Engineering, Hoch Accounting, Sue & Don Kirts,
                                       Beth & Leo Kowalski, Lewis & Walters, Northampton Community College,
                                       Dean & Barb Sandbrook, Mollie & Rick Santee, Marc Sigal & Gail Wagner,
                                       Gordon & Susan Sommers

Barony                        Bath Supply, Marilyn Brewster, Robert & Shirley Carle, Cantelmi Long
                                      Funeral Home, Jane Florenz, Chas. Hoffman & Sons, Shirl Kilpatrick,
                                      Audrey McAbee, Linda McMeekin, Trident Care/Mobilex

Event Donors            Working Dog Press and Nazareth Floral Design

Prize Donors             Green Pond Country Club, Inn at Jim Thorpe, Broadway Tavern, 
                                     Olde Homestead Golf Club, Mycalyn’s Floral, Reading & Northern RR,
                                     Sodexo, Viking Cruise Lines, Woodstone Country Club, Paxos Restaurants,
                                     The Beam at Steel Club, Apollo Grille, Landis Store Hotel, McCarthy’s Red Stag
                                     Pub, Melting Pot, Prime Steak House, Tony Stella’s Encore, Vivo Italian Kitchen,
                                     Anthony’s, The Art Café, Bayou, Beck’s Land & Sea, Bonefish Grille, Brick Tavern,
                                     Carrabas, Cherry Hill Hotel, Mountainview Drive In, Pizza Joe’s, Point Phillips
                                     Hotel, Sicily’s, Stonewood Tavern, Taps Tavern, Youell’s Oyster House and…

                                     Members of the Harvest Friends Planning Committee, Morningstar Foundation
                                     Board Members and Morningstar Living Board Members.

 

Wellness Trust Gifts

You can help provide a smile when you make a gift to the Wellness Trust.  Boomers and those over age 70 are likely to be impacted with dementia and through the Wellness Trust funds Moravian Hall Square offers resources to spark hope in their journey.

Music and Art therapy programs, support groups for care givers and community lectures are some of the ways that Morningstar Living provides resources to those with a dementia diagnosis as well as the family members who lovingly walk beside them.

In September, we will join with many other from our region at the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  The walk fees and donations support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and its research initiatives.  Our residents and staff will be holding a bake sale to raise funds to support this public effort.

Our Wellness Trust is more personal to those we serve at Morningstar Living.  Each time a musician offers a therapy session or special program, we see the light in the eyes of those who struggle with their dementia.  Those deeply embedded memories come to the surface with the medium of music and other creative expressions.

If you want to bring a moment of brightness to an older adult, a gift to the Wellness Trust is one way to share your light and make a difference.

 

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