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Apr 23, 2014


Struggling families have food, scared children have comfort blankets, seniors have new wellness opportunities, and ailing community members are finding much-needed relief, all thanks to donations from Good Samaritan Society centers.


Since 2010, the Society’s Social Accountability grant program has awarded money to centers for projects and other nonprofit organizations that help people in need.


“We started the grant program partly to address requirements of being a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. But more so because our mission compels us to,” says Bill Kubat, the Society’s director of mission integration and chairman of the Social Accountability committee. “In the Good Samaritan Society, everything we do organizationally and individually is a response to God’s love.”


Bill says that is accomplished not only through the Society’s operations at its campus locations, but also by serving the greater communities they’re in. Centers’ socially accountable activities take many forms, including providing meeting spaces and community meals, volunteering at local events, and hosting health fairs. Beyond local communities, the Society also supports people around the world through its Project Outreach programs.


“The fact that we need to reach out to others is a constant,” Bill says. “And the Social Accountability grant program is one way of manifesting and encouraging that.”

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Apr 19, 2014

(Corsica, S.D.) – You are invited to our annual Volunteer and Donor Appreciation event on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. 


This event is held every year to honor the many volunteers and donors who inspire residents, their families, staff members and others by sharing their gifts of time, talent and treasure.


Volunteers and donors help us fulfill our mission of sharing God’s love in word and deed. Please join us on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. for a program featuring Lawrence Welk and the Lennon Sisters! Refreshments will be served following the program.


For more information, please call (605) 946-5467.

Apr 18, 2014

(Sioux Falls, S.D. ) – They are posting thoughts, emailing updates and connecting with friends, children and grandchildren. They are following the news, stocks and blogs.


And, yes, maybe even making a little time for Candy Crush or Words With Friends.


IPads have replaced isolation for more than 40 seniors in the Good Samaritan Society’s Crescent Villa, and Creekside, Meadowstone and Gardenstone Apartments communities.

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Apr 18, 2014

(Sioux Falls, S.D.) – The votes have been tallied, and we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Augusta, CNA of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards. They are:


  • Augusta Award: Jeff Finer, wellness director, Loveland, Colo.
  • CNA of the Year Award: Megan Rauenhorst, Albert Lea, Minn.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Trisha Johnson, Newell, Iowa.

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Apr 17, 2014

Ruth Ann Hackler

(Olathe, Kan.) – After more than 60 years of support, Ruth Ann Hackler is still sharing her kindness and generosity with Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Olathe.


A $1,000 donation in tribute to Ruth Ann was recently given by the Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Olathe Leadership Board.


The gift, in honor of Ruth Ann’s 90th birthday, was designated to endowments for staff scholarships, spiritual ministries and resident assistance, at Ruth Ann’s request.


In 1951, Ruth Ann and her late husband, Gene, were instrumental in helping to open the Good Samaritan Society nursing center in Olathe. Since then, Ruth Ann has stayed involved with the Communities of Olathe campus through volunteer, fundraising and advocacy roles.


She served for nine years on the leadership board and was a former chairperson before becoming an emeritus member. She’s a founding member of the Multi-Year Giving Fellowship and was recognized by the Good Samaritan Society as the organization’s national volunteer of the year.

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