Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

In all that we've been through over these last months, March 2020 seems like a distant memory. It was at that time we introduced many restrictions to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading within our communities. Over one weekend (I will never forget), we put together a COVID-19 Daily Crisis Management Team to deal with the myriad of changes and precautions that needed to happen immediately. We closed our communities to all visitors and halted the movement of residents and staff between our different styles of living. In short, we changed every aspect of the way we've worked so hard to perfect the delivery of services to the residents living in our communities. We closed dining venues and our hair salon, we canceled group events and activities, we discouraged travel for vacation and we re-directed our housekeeping and maintenance services to focus on frequent deep disinfecting and sanitizing of high touch surfaces.

Overnight we developed our own grocery shopping and delivery service for residents, we invested substantially in PPE and in the installation of isolation materials and equipment to construct isolation areas for safety precautions. We conducted exercise classes in hallways outside of resident apartments and we delivered happy hour fun, games and refreshments to our residents living in our cottage community. We also invested in a lot of new technology to bring employee team meetings online and allow those who could work remotely from home to do so. And we restricted access to our community to one designated area where screening of all employees for symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure is completed before any team member can enter our buildings to work.

Thankfully, our vigilance and early implementation of restrictions at both of our communities paid off. While there has been a lot of negative national publicity about nursing homes throughout the country where COVID-19 has spread like wildfire, we've been doing everything possible to prevent the spread of this virus in our communities. We've had minimal cases of employees and residents in residential living and personal care test positive for the virus. And we are so grateful that we've had no cases of COVID-19 among our most vulnerable population of residents who live in our nursing home. And that isn't the result of good luck, good fortune or happenstance…it's the result of a dedicated team of professionals working together towards one common goal…to protect the health and safety of our residents who we care about deeply.

As we entered the month of May, we quickly realized this pandemic wasn't going to be resolved anytime soon. That meant we needed to begin planning for how we were going to create a "new normal" at Morningstar Living. To make that happen, the COVID-19 Daily Crisis Management Team evolved into what we call our "New Normal Transition Team" (NNTT). This team works together every week to develop, implement and communicate detailed plans to move our communities forward again, toward some semblance of a "new normal." One of the most beneficial aspects of living your life in a community is the ability to socialize, engage and be connected with others. And this virus was forcing us to keep residents from doing this. Additionally, residents could not see family members and friends for months, and this was really hard on them. And so, in May for Mother's Day, and then again in June, for Father's Day, we planned and orchestrated "drive-by" visitation parades of cars with family members and friends for our residents.

As we enter the final months of summer 2020, the NNTT is no longer thinking about "post-COVID-19." Instead, this team is now focused on developing ways to adapt our operations to living safely with the threat of COVID-19 until there is a vaccine or other treatment. We've already developed and implemented a phased strategy for re-starting services and re-opening various amenities at our communities. And as we continue to follow the recommendations and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the PA Department of Health (DOH), the NNTT has developed and communicated safe, limited and cautious in-person visitation policies and procedures for resident visitation. A strict masking policy is in place. We continue to screen visitors, staff and residents for symptoms and possible COVID-19 exposure. We've re-purposed some of our office space for designated visitation areas where physical distancing can be achieved. And we continue deep cleaning and sanitization of all touch spaces. And what a joy it has been seeing our residents reunited with their loved ones again!

In spite of all of the fear and negativity surrounding this pandemic, I've had the unexpected joy of witnessing the very best of humanity at work. Residents and their families have extended so much support and patience to us as we put some very restrictive plans into place. And employees have put their own fears aside and showed up for work, placing their concern for our residents ahead of their own families. We have a banner on the front of our administration building that reads: "Heroes Work Here." And that is truly an understatement. And it is truly evidence of the commitment and dedication to the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living…

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

Ways to Give. There are many Ways to Give to Moravian Hall Square, and gifts of any kind are always gratefully received.

 

Cash and Outright Gifts

To make an outright or pledged gift, please make your gift conveniently through our secure donation site:

 

 

 

Matching and Special Affiliation Gifts

Morningstar Living Foundation is registered as a Silver Guide Star Charitable organization.  Donor gifts may qualify for matching funds from your employer or other affiliation.  Please check with your company charitable giving policy.  This strategy can often DOUBLE your donation!

Additionally, Morningstar Senior Foundation is registered to receive Thrivent Choice Dollars.  Click here to see more.

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Morningstar Living Foundation is registered with Amazon SMILE.  Of your qualified Amazon purchases, .05% of the dollar amount spent are directed to the Good Samaritan Fund.  Register today if you shop on Amazon!

Other Means of Giving

MAKING GIFTS FROM YOUR IRA – using your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)Giving_IRA Benefits graphic

Donors who are at least 70 and ½ have a special gifting opportunity from their IRA!

Talk to your financial advisor to find out how you might benefit from this government approved way to directly gift from your IRA to a qualified charitable organization like Morningstar Living.  Gifting a portion of your required minimum distribution (limit is $100,000/year) can benefit your tax exposure in multiple ways. 

Benefits: There are numerous benefits to Qualified Charitable Distributions.

  1. If you take the standard deduction, doing your gifting through an IRA rollover is a vast improvement, because otherwise, you pay income tax on the amount of your charitable gifts!
  2. The IRA rollover gift counts towards your Required Minimum Distribution.
  3. You may reduce the amount of your Social Security income that is taxable.
  4. You may reduce the rate of tax on your Social Security income.
  5. You may reduce the cost of your Medicare premiums.
  6. You may avoid a higher income tax and/or capital gains tax rates.
  7. Upper income families may partially avoid the phase-out of itemized deductions and personal exemptions, and the 3.8% Medicare surtax.

Disallowed – You may not fund a charitable gift annuity, a Donor Advised Fund, a trust, or a private foundation with IRA rollover gifts.

It’s about YOU – Your unique tax situation determines your benefits. Please consult your tax or financial advisor for insights into your tax circumstances. Remember; money left in your retirement accounts is taxed at your heirs’ tax rates or higher!

The IRA rollover gift is a great way to fulfill your charitable intentions while helping your favorite charity. This works for your annual church or synagogue tithe, also!

For more information, please contact Mollie Santee, Executive Director of the Morningstar Living Foundation (610-746-1002 / giving@moravian.com).

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STOCK – gifts of stock can provide donors with an attractive way to provide charitable support while offering an attractive tax benefit on stock gains or losses.

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PLANNED GIFTS – You can offer support for the mission and purpose of a beloved organization in lifetime and estate giving plans. By discussing a variety of gift options with Morningstar Senior Living and your trusted financial advisor, you can determine the best giving vehicles for your charitable support.

What are some forms of Planned Giving?

Will – naming Morningstar Living as a beneficiary with a determined gift amount or percentage in your listing. A specific allocation can be discussed with Mollie Santee at Morningstar to make sure that your gift is directed to a charitable need area important to you.

Charitable Gift Annuity –   Funds may be gifted to establish an income-generating fund that provides lifetime income to you (and a spouse or other) with the residual of the fund going to charitable funds at Morningstar Living upon your death. Income levels are determined by the age of the annuity holder and the date established.

 Charitable Remainder Trusts – There are many additional vehicles to benefit the people and organizations dear to you. Your unique circumstances and desired outcomes influence the determination of the right vehicle for you to choose. Please schedule a time to discuss options with a certified financial advisor.

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MATCHING GIFTS – you can multiply the impact of your generosity by taking advantage of your company’s matching gift program. Check with your employee benefits office to find out if your company will match your gift. Please complete the appropriate forms and enclose with your gift.

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IN KIND GIFTS – equipment and service needs are identified through the Wish List and Administration. Individuals and organizations may chose to provide the item or service directly. This form of giving is greatly appreciated and is handled by the appropriate Moravian Hall Square contact. Inquiries should be by phone or in person.

 

 

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