“Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God: I am the Lord.” ~ Leviticus 19:32
We are living through a season that is astonishing and unprecedented. The coronavirus pandemic has required us to implement vigilant precautions and adaptations to changing conditions (see our FAQ page for more information).
Despite these considerable efforts, we are sorry to report that two residents who live in the care center at our Johanna Shores community in Arden Hills, MN, have been diagnosed with COVID-19. These residents have been isolated at the site since they exhibited symptoms, but they are not alone. Our gifted and dedicated team has been providing the best possible care for their recovery. We are working closely with the MN Department of Health and have shared this information with all residents, families and staff at the site. We’re also upholding them in prayer as we know they feel worried and afraid. All other COVID-19 tests to date have come back negative, so we are hopeful that careful precautions will prevent the spread of the virus.
Thank you, employees, for rising up
As other businesses have been sending their employees home, we count on our employees coming to work every day and serving others. I draw strength when I witness the dedication of our employees who steadfastly fulfill their work and our mission with diligence and love. Especially at Johanna Shores this week, our employees are walking alongside and providing care for those who have been confirmed with this virus with a level of commitment, purpose and compassion that is extraordinary and sets the example for all of us.
I’d like to share with you a video message expressing my appreciation to all PHS employees.
Thank you, residents, for rising up
PHS residents, you have been champions in your patience, understanding and cooperation. Many of you are among the generation that has endured times of war, public health crises, financial uncertainty and other hardships. You teach us how to remain resilient and hope-filled and, with wisdom earned by years, remind us that this too shall pass.
Thank you volunteers, families and friends, for rising up
While we have been required to restrict visitors and volunteers, I am amazed and blessed by the kind notes, calls, social media messages and prayers we are receiving each day. Without even walking through the door, their acts of kindness and understanding have kept us all going at moments when we’ve felt exhausted, worried or discouraged.
The demands of these days have required us all to rise up higher than we ever imagined, receiving strength and fortitude from our faith in God and in each other. I thank you all for rising up and standing with us. Together we hold fast, we persevere, we thrive and we remain true to our mission “to honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults.”
As a faith-based organization, PHS weaves our best operational practices with our value of Christian Ministry. One of our biblical foundations is from Leviticus 19:32, “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God: I am the Lord,” calling us to act with our hearts, minds and hands. Every day we maintain operational standards and implement new procedures to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of residents and staff. We are also working with state and area hospital systems to offer our assistance and ensure needed resources and infrastructure are in place to meet the extraordinary needs of this situation. And every day we pray. We haven’t done this alone and for that I want to say thank you.
Thank you for your partnership in this ministry,