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Events, milestones and celebrations occur every day within the Good Samaritan Society. Here, you can read
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Nov 21, 2014


(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Sioux Falls has again received accolades for its friendliness to retirees.

The city was named the second best city in America for successful aging in a recent report from the Milken Institute.

Sioux Falls ranked second among 252 similar-sized metros. The city’s ranking was based on several factors, including:

  • cost of living
  • access to healthcare
  • wellness indicators
  • living arrangements
  • financial wellbeing
  • transportation options
  • employment and educational opportunities
  • community engagement

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Center news highlights

Nov 18, 2014


(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – A military footlocker unopened for years, maybe even decades, gave resident veterans at Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Center a chance to think and reminisce about their service to the country.


Daryl Gullickson, a retired military officer, bought the footlocker at an estate sale and brought it to Sioux Falls Center for veterans to open and to encourage them to share their memories.


Don Veneklasen was among the veterans on hand for the opening and found some humor in the task.


“What’s in it?” Veneklasen chuckled. “Dynamite?”


With a snip of ribbon and latches unlocked, a snapshot of Sgt. Henry B. Goodrich’s life during World War II was revealed.


Sgt. Goodrich was a photography instructor for the War Department. In his footlocker were:


  • An instruction manual for a flash camera
  • Postcards and letters
  • Army boot brushes
  • Envelopes from the War Department
  • “Little black books”
  • A deposit slip from 1942 for $7.50
  • An ad for $1 dinner at Nick’s Tavern on West Broadway in Long Island, New York.
  • A Stations of the Cross booklet
  • Sgt. and Mrs. Goodrich’s baby announcements
  • A black-and-white photo of his sweetheart, Julie
  • An illustrated Valentine’s Day poem from his family.  

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Center news highlights

Nov 14, 2014

(Omaha, Nebraska) – Savanna Wiley Gomez is excited to become a registered nurse — and she’s honored that Good Samaritan Society – Millard is supporting her dreams.


Staff member and scholarship recipient Savanna Wiley Gomez checks in on her friend, resident Bette Panuska.

When Savanna began working at the campus as a certified nursing assistant in 2012, she was a single mom to six children, two of whom she was in the process of adopting.


“God never gives you more than you can handle,” Savanna says. “It’s easy to become complacent, but when you have a goal, it pushes you to want to succeed.”


At Good Samaritan Society – Millard, she found more than a job to pay the bills. She found people who truly care.


“I have always loved working at Good Sam — this is like my second family,” Savanna says. “I genuinely care about residents and my fellow staff members.”


In the nearly three years she’s been at the campus, Savanna’s life has changed dramatically.


“By the grace of God, I met my wonderful husband,” Savanna says. They married in June 2013 and now have a son together as well. It was just a few months later that Savanna decided to go back to school to become a licensed practical nurse.


“I have a passion to help people…I want to make a difference,” she says. “Nursing is my calling and my way to connect to people.”


She completed the LPN program earlier this year and is now enrolled in a program to become a registered nurse.


This fall, the campus awarded her a scholarship to use toward her education.


Click here to learn more about Good Samaritan Society job openings and scholarship opportunities across the United States.

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Center news highlights

Nov 04, 2014

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(Rapid City, South Dakota) – Three years ago, a new day was dawning at St. Martin Village just outside Rapid City in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Earth was being moved and the dream of the Good Samaritan Society’s newest property was just starting to take shape.Today, that dream is becoming a reality, as homes have sprung up, a community has taken shape, and people now call this valley home.

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Nov 04, 2014

Gloria Lyda (third from left), a Services@Home caregiver, poses with friends and family.


(Hot Springs Village, Arkansas) – Gloria Lyda received welcome news this spring. She discovered her rare, slowly progressing form of leukemia slid into remission.


Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+CML) is a cancer of the blood. Gloria is one of only about 5,000 Americans with the disease.


Because it’s a chronic illness, Gloria will always need medication. The annual cost is estimated at $90,000. 


It’s a devastating one-two punch. But the Services@Home caregiver at Good Samaritan Society – Hot Springs Village has chosen to persevere.


“We all have a milestone in our lives. Being diagnosed with Ph+CML is a big one,” Gloria says, “but it isn't the last one.”


Gloria says she isn’t a superhero. She still leans on her husband, Earl; son Kelly; and his wife, Sara.

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