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May 26, 2018

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ONU students participate in "Love Day!"

Recently, several ONU students visited Maple Crest Retirement Village in Bluffton to assist with tidying up the flower beds and lawns. Their service was part of “Live Our Values Everywhere,” or LOVE Day!

You are a work of heart

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio celebrate Older Americans Month

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is honoring its 420 employees during Older Americans Month, May 2018.  With the theme, “You Are a Work of Heart,” MHCO is planning celebrations at Mennonite Memorial Home, Maple Crest, Willow Ridge and Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services, Bluffton, and Hilty Home in Pandora. 

Older Americans Month occurs each May as a program of the Administration on Aging.  Begun by John F. Kennedy in 1963 as Senior Citizens Month when only 17 million Americans reached age 65 (compared to 40 million today), Older Americans Month is encouraging everyone to “Engage at Any Age” in 2018. 

Free veterans’ breakfast at Hilty Home, Pandora, May 25

Hilty Home, 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora, will honor veterans and their spouses with a complimentary hot breakfast on Friday, May 25, starting at 9 a.m.  The Putnam County Veterans Service Commission is co-hosting the breakfast which will also celebrate the start of the Memorial Day weekend. 

The menu will consist of sausage and egg bake, orange and banana breads, fresh fruit cup, orange juice and coffee.  No reservations are needed, but questions can be directed to Putnam County Veterans Services at 419-523-4478. 

Volunteer opportunities lead to career choice for scholarship winner

A mission trip to Peru changed Karis Wilson’s mind about her choice of careers.

“I had always wanted to be a lawyer, since I love to read,” said Wilson.  “After volunteering in a medical clinic in Peru, I realized how much I like to help people and how much they rely on and appreciate health care workers. Now I’m going into nursing.”

A 2018 graduate of Bluffton High School and Mennonite Memorial Home (MMH) employee, Wilson is the winner of the Barbara Fleming Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO). 

What's for dinner?

Pies, fried chicken and meatloaf top the list for MMH elders

When Julie Wolfe arrives at work at 5:45 a.m., it’s more than likely she’ll start preparing scrambled eggs and bacon.  As a cook for Mennonite Memorial Home, Wolfe knows what her “customers” like and basic foods are always a hit.  When she varies the breakfast menu, it’s usually with standard fare such as pancakes and biscuits and gravy. 

“Our elders love bacon and eggs,” Julie laughed.  “They also love anything that’s homemade and will ask if a dish was made from scratch.”

Although there are some frozen and prepared foods in supply in the MMH kitchen, mostly homemade dishes are served, especially soups and desserts.