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A tribute to our heroes – including you!

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” -I Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NIVi)

Heroes Work HereToday has been recognized as National Hero Day to honor the people we look up to. As we close out 2020, we are truly proud of the people of PHS. 

Through the year many have witnessed stories we've posted online about you, our heroes, our “mighty warriors.” We were often celebrating specific acts of courage or dedication, but there were so many more stories and heroic actions we missed. So with profound gratitude and inspiration, we salute each person who has risen up to meet the needs of older adults in this pandemic.

You are in our hearts.

Now it’s possible that you might not consider yourself a hero but consider this – every day that you’ve shown up to serve, you’ve engaged in acts of everyday heroism. These are “good deeds that might seem ordinary,” explains author Elizabeth Svoboda. Yet when multiplied by thousands or millions, she says “the impact of such acts – in saved lives, and in changed minds – far surpasses what any single heroic act can deliver.”

Repeatedly in 2020 you’ve shown up to enrich the lives of older adults. That’s why we are recognizing you.

You may recall us sharing the news last year that our very own Dan Lindh was recognized with our national association's highest honor, the Award of Honor. As we draw to the close of this incredible year, we share Leading Age president Katie Sloan's words recognizing not one person in this unprecedented year, but ALL of our caregivers and support staff.

“Please join me in congratulating this year's Award of Honor: every member of Leading Age," says Katie. "Every CNA, housekeeper, service coordinator, dining server, cook, nurse, therapist, dishwasher, social worker, and every administrator, manager, and receptionist. Everyone. Your dedication keeps people thriving, families together, and communities intact.

"Every year, we bestow this award on one member who has provided nationally significant, transformative leadership in aging services. This person shows vision, mission, compassion, and courage every day in their communities. This year, in the face of great adversity and overwhelming tragedy, you have all risen to the occasion and demonstrated remarkable leadership and unbelievable courage in what will likely be remembered as the hardest year of your life. 
Thank you for all you've done and all that you continue to do. I am proud and honored to call you friends and colleagues."
— Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge

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