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Two Ecumen-Managed Communities Receive Workforce Grants for a New Program To Help Retain Employees

Two Ecumen-managed communities in rural Minnesota are teaming up to create a new program aimed at increasing employee retention by helping employees balance their work and personal lives.

Pelican Valley Senior Living in Pelican Rapids and Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park each have been awarded a $25,000 Workforce Solutions Grant from the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation to support the initiative.


Ecumen Century Club: Happy 106th Birthday Verna Bloom

Everybody wants to know Verna Bloom’s secret.  She’ll tell you being 106 years old “surprises” her because she has no big secrets to longevity — except maybe a positive attitude. 

“Every day is a gift from God,” Verna is fond of saying.  


Randi Handegaard Celebrates 40 Years at Sunnyside Care Center

On Nov. 5, 1975, Randi Handegaard took her first job at Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park, Minn., as a newly minted occupational therapy assistant.  She blinked, and now it’s 40 years later.  She’s still at Sunnyside as the Activity Director — still loving her job every day.