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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
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Center news highlights

Sep 30, 2014


Eddie the Comfort Dog is specially trained to reach out to people in distress.

 

(Grand Island, Nebraska) – There’s something comforting about knowing a friend will be there for you without judgment and understands what you are feeling, even without saying a word. At Grand Island Village, that warm friendship comes from Eddie. Eddie, or Sir Edward Isaiah 65:1 by full name, is a K-9 Comfort Dog.

 

Supported by Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) through Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Eddie interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and in disaster response situations. He visits Grand Island Village several times a month.

 


Comfort Dog Eddie shares his friendship with Grand Island Village residents Wayne and Lyna Abshier and Chaplain Rod Armon.

When you meet Eddie, you can tell that he is no ordinary golden retriever. He demonstrates awareness, docility and intelligence, and senses the needs of those around him. Although he achieved most of this through his training as a young pup, his caregiver, Don “Mo” Moeller, explains that not all pups are cut out for the job. “All of the dogs go through an intricate selection process upon birth. Every LCC K-9 Comfort Dog is a golden retriever, and they train for a year and a half before they are officially certified,” he says.


The comfort dog ministry began as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The first Comfort Dog began duty in Northern Illinois in 2008.


Mo says he has seen Eddie help many people. “I can count eight to nine incidents every month that Eddie reached out to a stranger in public, and when I told them he is trained to respond to stress and strong emotions, it was a very moving moment for them,” he says. “Almost everyone had lost someone recently, and Eddie just knew.”

 

Eddie and Moses, Nebraska’s other Comfort Dog that lives in Cairo, are able to visit the campus because of a gift from Grand Island Village to the Comfort Dog ministry.


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Center news highlights

Sep 25, 2014


 

(Pipestone, Minnesota) – Residents at our center are getting house calls from doctors…who are 50 miles away. The consultations happen with the push of a button, through an Avera electronic long-term care program called eLTC.


Designed to assist seniors and care centers in rural settings like Pipestone, eLTC gives us 24-hour access to a team of Avera nurses and physicians in Sioux Falls, S.D.

 

Residents can be evaluated and diagnosed by healthcare providers connected to us through the eLTC’s system of high-definition videoconferencing technology.


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Center news highlights

Sep 19, 2014


Zach Severson (right) says resident Mary Smith is "pretty good" at bean bag toss. Watch the video below to learn more about his work volunteering at Good Samaritan Society – Canton.

 

(Canton, South Dakota) – Zach Severson is still in high school, but he understands the importance of giving his time in service to others.

 

"It's good to get to know the residents and maybe hear their story," he says. "We're helping the community and it just feels like the right thing to do."

 

Click the video to watch Zach work and play with resident Mary Smith.

 

 

Click here to find a center with volunteer opportunities near you.



Center news highlights

Sep 15, 2014



Founder’s Day Service Project Task force Chairman Jim Crawford (far right) conducts a home safety assessment for Bob and Beverly Smith.

(Hot Springs Village, AR) – When seniors John and Mary Johnson (not their real names) count their blessings, they count batteries.

 

Specifically, the batteries in their smoke detectors installed by volunteers from Good Samaritan Society – Hot Springs Village. The Johnsons were part of the Founder’s Day Service Project, a nationwide project of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.

 

“We were so surprised and grateful when people from Good Sam came over,” Mary Johnson says. “We knew Good Samaritan was different, but we never dreamed they would offer us this kind of assistance.”


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Center news highlights

Sep 09, 2014


(Holstein, Iowa) – This year's Glow Run was another example of the community support provided for Good Samaritan Society – Holstein. More than 150 participants helped raise funds needed to purchase electric beds to improve residents' lives. Click the video below to watch the story from the 2014 run.

 

 

Click here to learn more about ways you can help the Good Samaritan Society at a center near you.


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