The mission of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), “to honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults,” is fulfilled when the actions of our employees demonstrate our stated values. In our continuing series, “We Will,” we introduce you to PHS employees who are living out these values and working together toward a better, brighter future for the older adults we serve.
Our foundational value of Christian Ministry draws and empowers many of our staff — including Samuel Mutuku. Samuel is a Nursing Assistant, who was nominated for a CROSS Award for Christian Ministry in 2020. He has served at Central Towers in downtown Saint Paul since 2011.
Samuel was nominated by Helen, a resident who said, “Samuel demonstrates the love of God in his actions and manners. I believe he is a praying man,” and continues, “Everyone knows who he is when you mention his name.”
Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Samuel carries a rich understanding of the cultural diversity amidst the staff and residents at Central Towers. Likewise, his faith in action speaks volumes to residents and the entire team. Julie Olson, Clinical Administrator, says, “At our daily staff devotion times, Samuel shares from his wealth of knowledge about the Bible and of other cultures and other religions and religious history.” She adds, “He’s a very consistent member of our care team. We have all come to depend on him as he knows all the residents individually and knows exactly how they are doing and what they need.”
Life Enrichment Director Maggie Gianesin exclaims, “We love Samuel!” and says that residents feel safe simply knowing that Samuel is present.
Samuel calls everyone “family,” especially those, he says, “who have no family.” He says, “I believe in God,” and explains, “Faith is very important because it gives you a sense of discipline. I like to do what is just and respect other people,” concluding, “You respect people — they will respect you back.”
Samuel says that growing up in East Africa, he learned to respect others. He later came to America to further his education. But, he says, “When I got here, life was tough. I could not afford school. So, I decided to work and support my family instead. Because I realized my family was more important than me.”
His own son, Kennedy Mutuku, arrived from Kenya last year and now also serves as a Nursing Assistant at Central Towers. With laughter Samuel says, “He’s a duplicate of me!”
Samuel commends his coworkers as well, saying, “We are like family. We work as a team. We help and are there for one another.”
We at PHS are grateful for Samuel, the team at Central Towers and every employee who will inspire their teammates by putting their faith into action. Together we will reflect the love of God and serve older adults with compassion, as if they were our own family members.
Further reading, plus more stories in the We Will series:
We are a family at PHS
A shining steward of PHS
Virtual grief support groups
Staff experience relief and renewed motivation at first vaccine clinics