Our Home News & Events
NEW CHAPEL PLANNED
Minnesota Masonic Home (MMH) fast approaches its 100th year as a pioneering care provider for aging adults, and in one place, the Home’s age is showing. That’s why MMH today announced that it will be removing its 60-year-old Order of the Eastern Star Chapel and replacing it with one that will serve well for (at least) the next 60 years.
The current chapel at MMH opened its doors in 1958 and has hosted many non-denominational services for the Home’s residents, as well as weddings and memorials. Recently, structural deterioration prompted a thorough site review to determine the efficacy of repairing the building, or the need for constructing a new one. After consulting with contractors, the Minnesota Masonic Home Board of Directors made the recommendation to move forward with a new, more efficient chapel.
“Our chapel is so essential to our continuum of care,” said Beth Schroeder, administrator for MMH. “It’s appropriate that it sits in the middle of our campus, because it serves as the spiritual center of our community here. The new chapel is so inspirational. It will be a wonderful addition.
The existing OES Chapel is 2,600 square feet and consists of a small entryway and oratory. The new, 6,000 SF chapel design, by Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., will add amenities such as an outdoor English garden and courtyard, added parking, a preparatory room and restrooms. The old chapel’s stained glass windows will be incorporated into the new design.
“The old chapel has served us well,” said Eric J. Neetenbeek, president and CEO of Minnesota Masonic Charities, which administers the Home, “but its structural problem could not be adequately resolved. We realized we had an opportunity to revitalize this area of our campus as part of our ongoing investment in our flagship organization, Minnesota Masonic Home.”
Demolition of the existing chapel is scheduled to begin May 2019, with construction of the new chapel to begin thereafter. The general contractor, Adolfson & Peterson, reports a scheduled completion date of December 2019, when the new OES Chapel will be dedicated in traditional Masonic form.
MMH held its annual Holiday Bizarre in Dan Patch Hall on Friday, November 30. The event draws dozens of vendors and the community to shop for the holidays.
JOHNNIE RECEIVES DEDICATED SERVICE AWARD!
We couldn’t be more pleased to announce that Lorys “Johnnie” Penrod, an employee with Minnesota Masonic Home for over 47 years, was recently named the recipient of Care Providers of Minnesota’s “Dedicated Service Award!”
Johnnie exemplifies dedication in the truest sense of the word. She began her storied career in early 1971, serving as the day nurse aide for three buildings on the Masonic Home campus (each shift only provided for one aide). Since then, Johnnie has served our Home in many capacities, now working to help us deliver our mail.
“She is an inspiration,” said Beth Schroeder, administrator of MMH. “When I ask her when she plans to retire, she tells me she needs to work three more years to make it to her 50-year employment anniversary.”
Says Johnnie of the honor, “I believe in what we do, and I believe in the great people who work here.”
Congratulations, Johnnie! We’re grateful to have you!
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
No one likes to consider what might happen in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. At Minnesota Masonic Home, we take the safety of those in our care very seriously, and are always updating our emergency preparedness procedures to reflect the changing needs of our residents and patients.
Should an emergency situation arise, patient and resident representatives will be notified. This “Home News & Events” page will also be updated regularly to keep everyone informed. Finally, we will be updating our voice message on our emergency hotline as conditions or circumstances change. Emergency hotline for patient/resident representatives: 952-948-6171.
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