At Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), you don’t have to look far to see the impact our donors make towards enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults.
In the past year, more than 2,600 donors gave $4.1 million to meet the needs of low-income older adults, fund our commitments to spiritual care, support employees and more.
But who are these donors and what motivates their generosity? In the latest edition of “Enriching Lives,” the publication of the Presbyterian Homes Foundation, you will find inspirational stories of just a few of our donors — why they give and the positive outcomes they have seen.
The publication shares with the story of Darrell Butterwick who lives at Stonecrest in Woodbury, Minn.
“It’s made for me,” shares Darrell Butterwick. “I cannot imagine being bored here. I’m surrounded by neighbors, great employees and activities.”
Community is the word that consistently pops up when Darrell reflects about his interests and values. He grew up in Pipestone, Minn., near the border of South Dakota. “My parents gave what they could and encouraged us to be good neighbors, to pay attention to who might need help,” he shares. His father passed on when he was 13, and Darrell experienced in a new way what it means to show love for neighbors.
He attended the University of Minnesota and majored in broadcasting. After graduating he began a career with Northern States Power (NSP), working on a line crew in Pipestone. He also joined the National Guard, and in 1951, his unit was deployed to serve in Korea.
Working for NSP introduced Darrell, wife Bev, and their family to many Midwest communities. They made homes in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota over Darrell’s 40-year career with NSP, followed by an appointment as Commissioner of Economic Development in South Dakota in 1988. “The rewards of meeting new people, developing friends and enjoying life comes from being active in your community,” Darrell notes. He counts the local and national Jaycees, several Chambers of Commerce, Junior Achievement, the United Way, Red Cross, Masonic Shriners, Rotary, Elks, Augustana University Board of Trustees and his church, St. Paul’s United Methodist in Mendota Heights, among the missions he has supported with his time, treasure and talents.
Darrell and Bev fully retired to Woodbury in 1990 and developed friendships with neighbors in the growing suburb. Bev’s passing in 2000 reminded Darrell again about the importance of investing in friendships. “It’s a lifelong endeavor,” he says. “I said ‘Yes’ to my neighbors’ invitations to attend school and sporting events for their children. It’s our job to expand our friendships,” he adds. “Now, in addition to being a part of my grandchildren’s lives, I’ve had great fun with friends’ families, too.”
Darrell moved to Stonecrest in 2020 and continues to expand his friendships. “It matters to me that employees greet and care for us, create programming and lead this community,” he says. “I’m happy to participate in activities with neighbors and make charitable gifts to show my appreciation for this great place.”
Darrell makes Shining Star gifts to lift up exemplary employee service and support the greatest needs at Stonecrest. “My days are filled with checking in with friends, spending time with my family and just being here at Stonecrest.”
This edition also says “thank you” by naming many donors who support our mission and ministry. These pages acknowledge the residents, family members, friends and employees who made charitable gifts to PHS in 2022.
Our generous donors, many who live or work at a PHS community, empower residents, staff and volunteers through unwavering faith and dedication to others. Large or small, every gift makes a difference. We are grateful for them and for their giving spirit!
Read the Fall 2022 digital edition of Enriching Lives
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