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WHAT BUILDS TRUST IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

OUR NONPROFIT LEGACY

160 YEARS OF NONPROFIT SERVICE, AND COUNTING.

You’ll find the pioneering spirit of yesterday in our forward-looking approach to providing, developing and operating living spaces and innovative services for older adults. Our history is deeply rooted in the Lutheran Church’s mission of reaching out in mercy and love to address the personal, social, economic and spiritual needs of individuals and their families.

Our sole purpose is to serve the people in our care. We continuously reinvest in efforts to push our mission forward.

An Evolution of Care


1862

Lutheran Conference Relief Program cares for refugees in Minnesota

1865

Vasa Children’s Home for orphans opens (later becomes Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota)

1900

Our first communities serving seniors are built in Mankato, Duluth and Detroit Lakes

1989

Hospice Care services begin in Litchfield as one of Minnesota’s first Hospice providers


2004

We are renamed Ecumen from the Greek word “home”, underscoring our mission to create home for older adults wherever they choose to live

2010

Launched a 5-year pilot program that reduced the use of psychotropic medications in dementia care by 97%, starting the broader use of our award-winning Awakenings™ program

2011

Opened physical location of The Ecumen Store (Mankato) to bring our residents and the local community easier access to durable and non-durable medical supplies that support independence

2016

Groundbreaking for our first boutique Cooperative Living Community, Zvago Glen Lake, created for adults age 55+ with active lifestyles


2020

Acquisition of Abxtracker, an antibiotic and infection control software, the first in a suite of technologies in development and designed to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients/residents

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