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Housekeeping as a ministry of love

Alice hugging resident at Valley Ridge“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

Jesus’ words on love — spoken some 2,000 years ago — inspire and form our Christian ministry today at Presbyterian Homes & Services.

For Alice Musiak, a housekeeper at Valley Ridge in Burnsville, MN, showing love is the best thing she does all day … every day. 😊 She says, “I’ve been a housekeeper for three years. And I love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Alice’s daily ‘To Do List’ takes her around campus and into the homes of residents where she creates special moments with them.

Recently, she noticed a resident with dementia, who was feeling down. Knowing she had just lost her husband, Alice tells what she did next: “So, I grabbed a daily devotional book called Jesus Calling from our community library. I sat beside her and asked, ‘Will you read me a devotional?’”

Just last week, the same resident’s son came to visit. When he entered The Arbor, there was his mother, reading aloud from another Bible devotional as Alice followed along closely.

So, he quietly pulled up a chair to listen, too, and commented softly, “Mom always loves reading her Bible.”

Alice following along as resident reads from Christian Bible devotionalLater, Alice made her way up to the laundry room on the third floor. Along the way she got a special request from a resident. “Alice, can you help me with my puzzle? I can’t fit any pieces in my puzzle. I’m having a hard time.”

Alice explains, “So I helped her, and it was really fun.” Known by residents for her heart of gold, Alice giggles, “I show it!”

“Alice is truly a blessing here at Valley Ridge,” comments Matthew Rectenwal, Environmental Services Director.
To Alice, housekeeping is not about a ‘To Do List.’ It’s about the power of connection and filling residents’ homes with love.

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