More stories

  • Good Samaritan Society opens on-site dialysis den
    May 13, 2021

    Good Samaritan Society opens on-site dialysis den

    Residents who need dialysis can go down the hall or get care in their room.
    Watch story
  • Patients, families receive outstanding hospice care
    May 12, 2021

    Patients, families receive outstanding hospice care

    Two families found the support they didn’t realize they needed as their loved ones received hospice care from Good Samaritan Society – Home Care in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    Read story
  • Aerial Image of Good Samaritan Society - Battle Lake
    May 09, 2021

    Showing gratitude during National Skilled Nursing Care Week

    Casey Ward is sharing his gratitude for the caregivers who make residents feel special at the Good Samaritan Society location in Battle Lake, Minnesota.
    Read story
  • Residents, families celebrate this Mother's Day in person
    May 07, 2021

    Residents, families celebrate this Mother's Day in person

    Residents are preparing to get social, safely, on Mother’s Day 2021.
    Read story
  • Nurses in long-term care share their wisdom
    May 06, 2021

    Nurses in long-term care share their wisdom

    Experienced nurses share advice with new nurses at Good Samaritan Society.
    Watch story
  • Nurse offers to help vaccinate others at Mall of America
    April 28, 2021

    Nurse offers to help vaccinate others at Mall of America

    COVID-19 vaccine event in home state is a mission for Good Samaritan Society RN
    Watch story
  • New mom and Society senior pastor gets COVID-19 vaccine
    April 21, 2021

    New mom and Society senior pastor gets COVID-19 vaccine

    Pastor Christy urges moms to ask their doctor questions about vaccine.
    Watch story
  • Betty O'Barr Image 1
    April 15, 2021

    Loving care at every stage

    From the first moment in her Good Samaritan Society community, Betty knew she was right where she needed to be.
    Watch story
  • Incredible women living, serving at the Good Samaritan Society
    April 06, 2021

    Incredible women living, serving at the Good Samaritan Society

    Residents are staying active and living with purpose.
    Read story
  • Easter: The surprise ending in our faith
    April 02, 2021

    Easter: The surprise ending in our faith

    Harold Racine's daughter, Lisa, had gotten a part-time job in the kitchen at the Good Samaritan Society – Stillwater center as a way to see her father, even with COVID-19 visitor restrictions in place. Lisa and Harold Racine’s story so beautifully embodies the resurrection.
    Read story
  • Good Samaritan Society developing new hemodialysis den
    April 01, 2021

    Good Samaritan Society developing new hemodialysis den

    Residents can cross the building instead of cross town for treatment.
    Watch story
  • COVID-19 vaccine advocate shares his journey
    March 31, 2021

    COVID-19 vaccine advocate shares his journey

    Rehabilitation supervisor at Good Samaritan Society says ‘there’s nothing to it’
    Read story
  • Health systems partner to make senior communities safe
    March 29, 2021

    Health systems partner to make senior communities safe

    Sanford Health nurses help run COVID-19 vaccinations at Good Samaritan Society.
    Watch story
  • Simple hug becomes powerful embrace during reunion
    March 24, 2021

    Simple hug becomes powerful embrace during reunion

    Good Samaritan Society bringing families back together
    Read story
  • Couple holds hands for first time in a year at Society
    March 23, 2021

    Couple holds hands for first time in a year at Society

    Vaccinations and low COVID-19 numbers lead to more visits
    Read story
  • Robotic cats provide companionship
    March 18, 2021

    Robotic cats provide companionship

    The residents of Good Samaritan Society in Manson, Iowa, have welcomed some new furry companions into their home. But unlike the typical pet, these kitties don’t require food, litter boxes or regular vet visits.
    Read story
  • Family celebrates three generations of care
    March 17, 2021

    Family celebrates three generations of care

    Over the past five decades, Good Samaritan Society – Bonell Community in Greeley, Colorado, has been a second home to Wendell Ball and his family.
    Read story
  • Society employees give back
    March 17, 2021

    Society employees give back

    Not only do employees give their time and talents to support our mission, they also give generously through the Good Samaritan Foundation.
    Read story
  • Guardian Angels found all around
    March 16, 2021

    Guardian Angels found all around

    Our Guardian Angels can be found in so many places. Residents at the Good Samaritan Society in Las Cruces, New Mexico and Eugene, Oregon recently found their Guardian Angels in the people who keep their locations looking beautiful.
    Read story
  • Looking back: One year of COVID-19 at Good Samaritan Society
    March 11, 2021

    Looking back: One year of COVID-19 at Good Samaritan Society

    Face-to-face with families, hugs and handshakes gave way to window visits, PPE.
    Read story
  • Health care heroes: Cheyenne Raines and Eddie Caplinger
    March 04, 2021

    Health care heroes: Cheyenne Raines and Eddie Caplinger

    Cheyenne Raines and Eddie Caplinger are two dedicated employees who work at Pendleton Manor, a location managed by the Good Samaritan Society in Franklin, West Virginia.
    Read story
  • Strengthening staff by sharing God’s love
    March 01, 2021

    Strengthening staff by sharing God’s love

    When the team at Good Samaritan Society – Hays started hearing about fellow nursing homes in the area going through COVID-19 outbreaks, they stepped up to help in an incredible way.
    Read story
  • Home health services keep clients in their homes
    February 27, 2021

    Home health services keep clients in their homes

    For people in need of health care, receiving home health services can mean the difference between living on their own and moving to a nursing home or assisted living location. But with Good Samaritan Society's home care service clients can remain in their home.
    Read story
  • Family honors brother’s memory at Society
    February 24, 2021

    Family honors brother’s memory at Society

    Gerald "Gary” Ethington's memory will live on through a generous donation from his siblings Pat Jones, Charlotte Jewell and Riley Ethington at Good Samaritan Society – Hastings Village’s Perkins Pavilion.
    Read story
  • Family celebrates Society staff as Guardian Angels
    February 24, 2021

    Family celebrates Society staff as Guardian Angels

    Bob Rehagen's family was moved by the care and compassion their Guardian Angels have shown Bob and the family, especially through a COVID-19 diagnosis and other trials.
    Read story
  • Local 7-Eleven delivers smiles
    February 24, 2021

    Local 7-Eleven delivers smiles

    Residents and staff at the Good Samaritan Society - Kissimmee Village received Valentine's Day love from a local 7-Eleven.
    Read story
  • Wisconsin woman’s daily letters bring residents to tears
    February 23, 2021

    Wisconsin woman’s daily letters bring residents to tears

    Kirby Feldmann is on a mission to write letters to as many Good Samaritan Society residents she can
    Read story
  • New pastor installation provides uplifting moment at Society
    February 18, 2021

    New pastor installation provides uplifting moment at Society

    Good Samaritan Society welcomes Rev. Christine Hallenbeck Ask.
    Read story
  • Society residents, married 64 years, share keys to success
    February 17, 2021

    Society residents, married 64 years, share keys to success

    Sue & Dave Shields are keeping their marriage strong through pandemic challenges.
    Read story
  • Family visits allowed more often as COVID-19 cases drop
    February 15, 2021

    Family visits allowed more often as COVID-19 cases drop

    Senior living locations begin to roll back pandemic restrictions, safely.
    Read story
  • MN governor visits long-term care center to promote vaccine
    January 26, 2021

    MN governor visits long-term care center to promote vaccine

    Good Samaritan Society celebrates successful COVID-19 vaccination effort
    Read story
  • Almost all Society locations have had COVID-19 vaccinations
    January 25, 2021

    Almost all Society locations have had COVID-19 vaccinations

    The COVID-19 vaccine continues to reach new Good Samaritan Society locations every week.
    Read story
  • COVID-19 vaccination clinic brings hope to Iowa residents
    January 15, 2021

    COVID-19 vaccination clinic brings hope to Iowa residents

    "This is the first step in putting that all behind us"
    Read story
  • Society staff and residents in Windom get COVID-19 vaccine
    January 13, 2021

    Society staff and residents in Windom get COVID-19 vaccine

    Just before 8 a.m. on December 29, Walgreens employees are welcomed into Good Samaritan Society – Windom in Minnesota carrying shots of hope.
    Read story
  • Friends find purpose staying active in senior community
    January 08, 2021

    Friends find purpose staying active in senior community

    Two friends are reuniting at Good Samaritan Society - Lake Forest Village and making a difference in their community. When LaVona Duryea and Paula Blind saw a few benches on campus needed some love, they volunteered to fix them up. They're also finding purpose with a variety of other projects.
    Read story
  • Hospice nurse in Minnesota says job is a ‘calling’
    January 06, 2021

    Hospice nurse in Minnesota says job is a ‘calling’

    A wide-ranging career in nursing is a “calling” for Amber Harris. The clinical nurse manager at Good Samaritan Society Hospice in Nisswa, Minnesota, has wanted to care for others since she was a teenager.
    Read story
  • Good Samaritan Society CMO weighs in on vaccine hesitancy
    January 05, 2021

    Good Samaritan Society CMO weighs in on vaccine hesitancy

    The COVID-19 vaccine is on its way to hundreds of Good Samaritan Society locations across the country. When staff and residents have the chance to get vaccinated, Gregory Johnson, M.D., Society Chief Medical Officer, hopes they don’t take a wait and see approach.
    Read story
  • Good Samaritan Society nurse gets COVID shot for residents
    December 30, 2020

    Good Samaritan Society nurse gets COVID shot for residents

    Marianna Brawand, RN, is one of the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
    Read story
  • Society staff in Sioux Falls among first to get vaccine
    December 18, 2020

    Society staff in Sioux Falls among first to get vaccine

    COVID-19 vaccinations come with "a lot of emotion, a lot of hope for the future."
    Read story
  • Creating meaningful connections in home health
    December 16, 2020

    Creating meaningful connections in home health

    At each home she visits, licensed practical nurse Jennifer Roesti always takes time to ask her patients how they’re doing.
    Read story
  • Ohio man back on his feet after backbreaking year
    December 10, 2020

    Ohio man back on his feet after backbreaking year

    It is safe to say we are all looking for hope wherever we can find it during the pandemic. For Norman Opp, 2020 has literally been a backbreaking year. Thanks to Good Samaritan Society – Arlington, Ohio, Norman is finding normalcy again.
    Read story
  • Creating a caring community
    December 09, 2020

    Creating a caring community

    Marlene Quincey’s journey caring for others began long before she received her nursing degree.
    Read story
  • Staff assists with hospice patients’ final wishes
    December 06, 2020

    Staff assists with hospice patients’ final wishes

    When the team at Good Samaritan Society – Hospice (Brainerd Lakes) in Nisswa, Minnesota, received a call to see if they could help a woman in Florida spend her last days at her lake home in Minnesota, they didn’t hesitate to say yes.
    Read story
  • Friends who met in 1950 reunited at Good Samaritan Society
    December 02, 2020

    Friends who met in 1950 reunited at Good Samaritan Society

    By chance, two women are neighbors again in senior living after decades apart.
    Read story
  • Caring for grandparents leads to calling
    December 01, 2020

    Caring for grandparents leads to calling

    Growing up, Andrea Keck’s grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a type of dementia that causes memory loss, confusion and can affect other cognitive abilities. As her grandmother got older, Andrea was able to lend a helping hand, assisting her grandmother with tasks from getting dressed to eating.
    Read story
  • Health Care Hero: Toni Brown
    November 24, 2020

    Health Care Hero: Toni Brown

    As a night nurse at Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village, Toni Brown feels like it’s her purpose to help residents experience meaningful moments as they near the end of their lives.
    Read story
  • Good Samaritan Society connects virtually with customers
    November 19, 2020

    Good Samaritan Society connects virtually with customers

    The Good Samaritan Society is ready to meet with you wherever you are during the pandemic.
    Read story
  • New residents to look forward to first 14 days
    November 18, 2020

    New residents to look forward to first 14 days

    New residents are asked to enter heightened observation for 14 days when they arrive. While that may sound challenging, staff members at locations across the country are coming up with fun activities to make the time fly by.
    Read story
  • Gratitude at the heart of Bill Gran’s life
    November 16, 2020

    Gratitude at the heart of Bill Gran’s life

    Gratitude is good for physical and mental health, but is it possible to incorporate it into daily life? It begins with small, intentional steps.
    Read story
  • Nursing home makes room for Sanford Fargo patients
    November 13, 2020

    Nursing home makes room for Sanford Fargo patients

    The unique, integrated health system between Sanford Health and The Good Samaritan Society is bringing much-needed relief to hospital capacity in Fargo, North Dakota, during the pandemic.
    Read story
  • WWII veteran a cherished resident at Good Samaritan Society
    November 11, 2020

    WWII veteran a cherished resident at Good Samaritan Society

    97-year-old Hawaii resident survived attack on Pearl Harbor, enlisted in Army.
    Read story
  • Veteran living at Good Samaritan Society wins literary award
    November 10, 2020

    Veteran living at Good Samaritan Society wins literary award

    Bob Worthington, a professional writer, is taking home a Gold Medal for Excellence in Literature for his book, "Under Fire with ARVN Infantry." The Military Writers Society of America is handing out the award.
    Read story
  • Colorado wildfires: Good Samaritan Society evacuates safely
    November 06, 2020

    Colorado wildfires: Good Samaritan Society evacuates safely

    Estes Park Village residents are back home after a few days at other locations.
    Read story
  • Therapy horse unlocks memories [video]
    November 05, 2020

    Therapy horse unlocks memories [video]

    Horse therapy = million dollar smiles. 
    Read story
  • Celebrating Halloween safely at Good Samaritan
    October 30, 2020

    Celebrating Halloween safely at Good Samaritan

    At Good Samaritan – Postville, Iowa, residents will be in for a treat this Halloween despite the current pandemic.

    Read story
  • Voting, COVID-19 & flu: Advice for seniors
    October 23, 2020

    Voting, COVID-19 & flu: Advice for seniors

    “We are here for our residents.”

    Read story
  • Providing home care for COVID-19 patients is part of the calling
    October 21, 2020

    Providing home care for COVID-19 patients is part of the calling

    Good Samaritan – Home Care in St. Peter, Minnesota, didn’t flinch when the coronavirus began moving through the area.
    Read story
  • Rehab patient makes amazing recovery
    October 19, 2020

    Rehab patient makes amazing recovery

    When Vicki Hark’s husband, Timothy, was admitted to Hoeger House rehabilitation center, she didn’t know if he would recover from the serious illnesses he was battling.
    Read story
  • Coping with the loss of a spouse [video]
    October 15, 2020

    Coping with the loss of a spouse [video]

    When Al Cheney's wife, Lillian, died, he says grieving was difficult for him.
    Read story
  • Society president Randy Bury chosen for health care board
    October 12, 2020

    Society president Randy Bury chosen for health care board

    American Health Care Association represents long-term care providers nationwide.
    Read story
  • Annette Rosario earns OnShift lifetime achievement award
    October 08, 2020

    Annette Rosario earns OnShift lifetime achievement award

    Almost 30 years ago, Annette Rosario began her career with Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village in Fort Collins, Colorado.
    Read story
  • Moving into assisted living during the pandemic
    October 07, 2020

    Moving into assisted living during the pandemic

    Diane Nichols’ parents had lived in the same house in Pipestone, Minnesota, for 40 years when the idea of moving the couple to an assisted living community became part of the conversation within the family.
    Read story
  • Technology plays an important role during pandemic
    October 05, 2020

    Technology plays an important role during pandemic

    In the early days of the pandemic, three needs quickly arose for the Good Samaritan: an easy screening and reporting tool to keep families informed, a way to keep residents connected with their loved ones and the ability to recruit staff members when in-person interviews weren’t an option.

    Read story
  • Greg Wilcox leaves a legacy of service
    September 29, 2020

    Greg Wilcox leaves a legacy of service

    It’s not always easy to sum up a 32-year career, but for Greg Wilcox, who’s retiring from his role as vice president of mission integration and senior pastor for the Good Samaritan Society, there’s a deep sense of thankfulness.
    Read story
  • Health care hero: Kelsey Mergen, administrator
    September 28, 2020

    Health care hero: Kelsey Mergen, administrator

    A nursing home means a lot to a small town. It’s a place loved ones are well cared for while being able to live close. It’s usually a significant employer there, offering a short commute and a chance to live out a calling. And it’s a place where history lives – where residents’ and employees’ memories interweave.
    Read story
  • Gardening grows community connection
    September 22, 2020

    Gardening grows community connection

    Pedestrians enjoying the scenic walking path at Good Samaritan Society – Prairie Creek in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will find a pleasant surprise in a colorful garden on the northeast edge of campus.
    Read story
  • “Fair” keeps residents active during pandemic
    August 27, 2020

    “Fair” keeps residents active during pandemic

    This summer has given residents at Good Samaritan – Hays in Hays, Kansas, the chance to get some fresh air, watch Royals baseball, play Wii bowling – and also participate in the center’s first-ever fair.

    Read story
  • Virtual job fairs become the norm at the Good Samaritan Society
    August 26, 2020

    Virtual job fairs become the norm at the Good Samaritan Society

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and health care organizations have been forced to put a halt on hiring.
    Read story
  • COVID-19 FAQs: Do nursing homes have enough PPE?
    August 20, 2020

    COVID-19 FAQs: Do nursing homes have enough PPE?

    In hospitals, clinics and long-term care locations, personal protective equipment has been a vital part of providing health care for generations.

    Read story
  • Caring is second nature for DAISY Award recipient
    August 19, 2020

    Caring is second nature for DAISY Award recipient

    When Becky Carpenter began working as a certified nursing assistant in 1991, she didn’t realize it would turn into a nursing career. But after almost three decades, she can’t imagine doing anything else.
    Read story
  • Health care hero: Anita Quast, activity director
    August 17, 2020

    Health care hero: Anita Quast, activity director

    Anita Quast has the type of job that many people hope for – one that’s enjoyable and fulfilling.
    Read story
  • Honoring our Champions
    July 29, 2020

    Honoring our Champions

    Each year, the Good Samaritan Society honors staff members, a leader and a volunteer as National Ever Forward Champions. These individuals embody the values of calling, community, courage and service.
    Read story
  • Equine therapy boosts spirits with horse power
    July 23, 2020

    Equine therapy boosts spirits with horse power

    Sanford Health and the Good Samaritan take pride in caring for the entire person — not only looking after the physical health of its patients and residents, but the mental health as well.

    Read story
  • The Button Box reminds us of the importance of memories
    July 22, 2020

    The Button Box reminds us of the importance of memories

    Janet Sever Hull, author of The Button Box, and director of senior living at Good Samaritan Society – Lake Forest Village in Denton, Texas, knows firsthand the magic of a button box and the memories associated with it.
    Read story
  • Diverse menu appeals to residents’ taste buds
    July 21, 2020

    Diverse menu appeals to residents’ taste buds

    Fresh food options, a new chef and updated recipes have improved the dining experience at Good Samaritan Society – Kissimmee Village in Kissimmee, Florida.
    Read story
  • Resident beats the odds to recover from COVID-19
    July 07, 2020

    Resident beats the odds to recover from COVID-19

    Great health care, a fighting spirit and the power of prayer all played a role in Krisann Hoskins’ recovery from COVID-19.
    Read story
  • Making a transition during COVID-19
    July 06, 2020

    Making a transition during COVID-19

    Moving during a pandemic may not be ideal, but the Good Samaritan is ready and willing to help you or your loved one with the care and services you need.

    Read story
  • Kacie Kula is the Society’s first DAISY Award recipient
    July 02, 2020

    Kacie Kula is the Society’s first DAISY Award recipient

    Kacie is a nurse at Good Samaritan Society – Albert Lea in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Kacie began working at the location in August 2019.
    Read story
  • iPads ‘bring life’ to residents nationwide
    June 26, 2020

    iPads ‘bring life’ to residents nationwide

    When the coronavirus pandemic brought on visitor restrictions and increased isolation among senior care locations everywhere, leaders of the Good Samaritan wanted to keep residents engaged while keeping them safe.
    Read story
  • Daughters carry on their mother’s legacy
    June 25, 2020

    Daughters carry on their mother’s legacy

    It’s not as uncommon as you might think to find mother and daughter pairs working at the Good Samaritan Society.
    Read story
  • Care, birthday party go ‘above and beyond’ at Sioux Falls Village
    May 29, 2020

    Care, birthday party go ‘above and beyond’ at Sioux Falls Village

    When Joan Coleman had a stroke followed by other health issues in 2014, her family moved her to the Good Samaritan Society Hearthstone Assisted Living center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Watch story
  • Clinical educator volunteers to help in tough spots
    May 27, 2020

    Clinical educator volunteers to help in tough spots

    While the coronavirus pandemic is a hardship for everyone, nurses are often asked to make more significant sacrifices.

    Read story
  • Mary Lee helps resident get book of poems published
    May 23, 2020

    Mary Lee helps resident get book of poems published

    Throughout the pandemic, staff at Good Samaritan communities have demonstrated dedication, commitment, sacrifice and courage.
    Read story
  • Pandemic reminds resident of World War II
    May 20, 2020

    Pandemic reminds resident of World War II

    A pep rally to support health care heroes at Good Samaritan – Pohai Nani in Kaneohe, Hawaii, brought back memories of the end of World War II for resident Leimomi Stephenson.
    Read story
  • 100-year old resident surpasses goal of sewing 100 face masks
    May 04, 2020

    100-year old resident surpasses goal of sewing 100 face masks

    Cedar Lake Village resident Bonnie Rouse recently joined the ranks of those working hard to make face masks for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rouse, however, is not your average mask maker; last month, she turned 100 years old.
    Read story
  • A project from the heart impacts 1,000 Arizona seniors
    April 20, 2020

    A project from the heart impacts 1,000 Arizona seniors

    It didn’t take long after visitor restrictions were in place for Heather Seets to get creative.

    Read story
  • Good Samaritan Society helps residents stay connected with new iPads
    April 10, 2020

    Good Samaritan Society helps residents stay connected with new iPads

    Courtney Collen, Sanford Health News | Photo/Video by Max Jensen, Sanford Health 

    Watch story
  • Creativity is key to keeping residents active and engaged during COVID-19 pandemic
    April 03, 2020

    Creativity is key to keeping residents active and engaged during COVID-19 pandemic

    Staff members at Good Samaritan locations across the country are finding creative ways to make sure residents stay engaged and active during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Read story
  • Writing letters to uplift spirits
    April 03, 2020

    Writing letters to uplift spirits

    Virginia Pahl, a Connection Center specialist at the Good Samaritan Society, found a simple way to uplift the spirits of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Read story
  • During COVID-19 crisis, residents stay connected with loved ones through Send-a-Note
    March 20, 2020

    During COVID-19 crisis, residents stay connected with loved ones through Send-a-Note

    “We’ve gotten over 150. The response from residents is a lot of laughs and happy tears,” says Jennifer Wilson, office manager at Northwood. “I’ve basically worked Monday and Tuesday on nothing but responding to the messages.”
    Read story
  • Rehab therapy: The goal is to get you home [video]
    December 16, 2019

    Rehab therapy: The goal is to get you home [video]

    Rehabilitation therapy helped Barbara Larsen in more ways than one.
    Read story
  • Rehab therapy: Living proof of the healing we provide [video]
    November 20, 2019

    Rehab therapy: Living proof of the healing we provide [video]

    When Meribeth Arndt needed help recovering from an accident, and she knew right where to go.
    Watch story
  • How one nurse’s salary is building a school in Africa [video]
    October 29, 2019

    How one nurse’s salary is building a school in Africa [video]

    A nurse in Iowa says he's found his calling helping seniors in America and children in his West African home country.
    Read story
  • A new road, a second chance at life [video]
    October 21, 2019

    A new road, a second chance at life [video]

    A fall from a tanker changed one man's perspective on life.
    Watch story
  • 4 benefits to working with our hands
    October 17, 2019

    4 benefits to working with our hands

    When Pete Geyeman enters the woodshop at Good Samaritan – St. Martin Village, his hands get busy measuring wood, guiding a saw and gluing pieces together.

    Read story
  • Volunteer brings a ‘ray of sunshine’ to residents [video]
    September 25, 2019

    Volunteer brings a ‘ray of sunshine’ to residents [video]

    For 35 years, volunteer Joann Kloos has been stopping by to spend time with residents at Good Samaritan Society – Ambassador. 
    Read story
  • Eugene Village offers a haven for the homeless
    September 24, 2019

    Eugene Village offers a haven for the homeless

    In the spirit of the Good Samaritan Society, Eugene Village brings refuge to the local homeless population. 
    Read story
  • Amazing Grace
    September 20, 2019

    Amazing Grace

    Her smile, songs and love have helped one employee blossom into an invaluable part of our Good Samaritan Society family.
    Read story
  • Music therapy brings peace to wife’s difficult decision
    September 19, 2019

    Music therapy brings peace to wife’s difficult decision

    A Minnesota woman struggled with moving her husband into a care center. But one feature now allows him to thrive.
    Read story
  • Volunteer is ‘force of nature’ in helping homeless [video]
    September 18, 2019

    Volunteer is ‘force of nature’ in helping homeless [video]

    Pohai Nani resident finds ways to solve issues in his community.
    Read story
  • Banjos, basses and ukeleles, oh my! [video]
    September 17, 2019

    Banjos, basses and ukeleles, oh my! [video]

    A group of residents at Good Samaritan Society – Pohai Nani found they have a common love of music, and now their weekly jam sessions are bringing them closer together. 
    Read story
  • Senior Companions are ‘guardian angels’ to those they serve
    September 13, 2019

    Senior Companions are ‘guardian angels’ to those they serve

    After retirement, Connie Peters was looking to do more with the free time she had. When she became a Senior Companion, caring for others filled her life again.
    Read story
  • Sharon Holding Two Medals
    September 13, 2019

    A gold medal performance [video]

    Good Samaritan Society’s wellness program and Sharon Owen’s positive attitude helped take her from a coma to Senior Olympics medalist in months.
    Read story
  • Responding to life changes as a dual caregiver [video]
    September 10, 2019

    Responding to life changes as a dual caregiver [video]

    After Diane was hospitalized with severe diabetic issues, her son knew her care needed to change.
    Read story
  • Rehab therapy: Setting sights on home [video]
    September 04, 2019

    Rehab therapy: Setting sights on home [video]

    After falling and breaking a hip, Good Samaritan Society – Le Mars post-acute care is helping 80-year-old Jim Schoenrock get back home. 
    Read story
  • Pen pals: Fostering friendships across generations
    September 03, 2019

    Pen pals: Fostering friendships across generations

    A project started to help students practice cursive writing and reading is connecting third grade students with seniors. 
    Read story
  • An affordable home on the range [video]
    August 23, 2019

    An affordable home on the range [video]

    Income-based housing can offer residents the freedom to enjoy life instead of worrying about paying rent.
    Watch story
  • Making memories in dementia care
    August 16, 2019

    Making memories in dementia care

    Specialized tools and training help memory care assisted living employees connect with residents on a personal level.
    Read story
  • Helping others hear after personal hearing loss
    August 05, 2019

    Helping others hear after personal hearing loss

    After she become profoundly hard of hearing, Mary Miller-Cook wanted to help others in her community.
    Read story
  • Before hearing aids, ‘I had been missing out on so much’
    August 01, 2019

    Before hearing aids, ‘I had been missing out on so much’

    Sherry received hearing aids 12 years after she was diagnosed with a 50% hearing loss.
    Read story
  • Finding success by treating others like all-stars [video]
    August 01, 2019

    Finding success by treating others like all-stars [video]

    A new administrator knew what it would take to succeed in his role: Treating his employees like all-stars.
    Watch story
  • Good Samaritan story comes full circle for 108-year-old [video]
    July 15, 2019

    Good Samaritan story comes full circle for 108-year-old [video]

    Julia Kabance never let her age hold her back. Even at the Good Samaritan Society, she's mobile and ready for every day. 
    Watch story
  • Employee Champion: ‘I know this is what God wants for me’ [video]
    July 09, 2019

    Employee Champion: ‘I know this is what God wants for me’ [video]

    Deb Van Meeteren is our GSS Way Employee Champion award winner.
    Watch story
  • Meet Phil Nash: Good Samaritan Society’s 2019 Caregiver Champion [video]
    July 09, 2019

    Meet Phil Nash: Good Samaritan Society’s 2019 Caregiver Champion [video]

    Phil Nash has become an integral part of the evening shift at Good Samaritan Society – Waconia and Westview Acres.
    Read story
  • Twin nurses care for patients at all stages of life [video]
    July 07, 2019

    Twin nurses care for patients at all stages of life [video]

    Read about how one sister welcomes babies into the world while the other cares for those in later stages of life.
    Read story
  • 50 reasons why older is better [infographic]
    July 06, 2019

    50 reasons why older is better [infographic]

    Feeling old? Never fear. There are plenty of upsides.

    Read story
  • Craft class becomes ‘my little donation to give back’
    June 28, 2019

    Craft class becomes ‘my little donation to give back’

    Sue Hess’ love for crafts brings together her family and the residents at Good Samaritan Society – Ridge View Estates.
    Read story
  • Celebrating 40 years of service
    June 24, 2019

    Celebrating 40 years of service

    Our locations in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona, have provided loving, quality care for 40 years. 
    Read story
  • Making friends in our later years
    May 15, 2019

    Making friends in our later years

    Senior living community staff and residents share their stories of friendship.
    Read story
  • Partners in friendship and marriage for 72 years
    May 13, 2019

    Partners in friendship and marriage for 72 years

    Love, laughter and respect have been keys to Eugene and Jean Pageler's 72-year marriage.
    Read story
  • Helping friendships flourish
    May 13, 2019

    Helping friendships flourish

    Jim Meers likes creating opportunities for people to make meaningful connections.
    Read story
  • Type 2 diabetes isn’t slowing down Bob Cope
    April 07, 2019

    Type 2 diabetes isn’t slowing down Bob Cope

    Bob Cope has type 2 diabetes, but he keeps it in check by staying physically, mentally and socially active.
    Read story
  • Tiny patient, big hearts: Home health cares for ‘rock star’ infant
    April 03, 2019

    Tiny patient, big hearts: Home health cares for ‘rock star’ infant

    When baby Murphy needed special care, home health was there to help.
    Read story
  • Ohana helps 97-year-old strengthen her body and soul [video]
    March 14, 2019

    Ohana helps 97-year-old strengthen her body and soul [video]

    Janet Nakashima's home at Pohai Nani has brought her family closer together.
    Read story
  • Rehab therapy: ‘They know what they’re doing — and they smile’ [video]
    February 13, 2019

    Rehab therapy: ‘They know what they’re doing — and they smile’ [video]

    Her new knee was no problem for Roberta Keiler. She spent her recovery at the same Hawaiian campus where she lives. Within three weeks, she was walking home.
    Read story
  • Post-acute rehabilitation: In recovery, attitude is everything [video]
    February 10, 2019

    Post-acute rehabilitation: In recovery, attitude is everything [video]

    Dianne Karlstad's goal of returning home is her driving force in physical therapy.
    Read story
  • Tennies for Tots helps children in need [video, infographic]
    January 18, 2019

    Tennies for Tots helps children in need [video, infographic]

    Paula Sedillo is on a mission to outfit every young child with shoes.
    Read story
  • ‘It’s where my heart is’
    January 17, 2019

    ‘It’s where my heart is’

    Woman finds her calling serving hospice patients in Ottumwa, Iowa.
    Read story
  • Rehabilitation therapy gets the cook back in her kitchen [video]
    January 09, 2019

    Rehabilitation therapy gets the cook back in her kitchen [video]

    With some rehabilitation therapy from Good Samaritan Society, Nancy Eckert is back in her home. 
    Read story
  • Celebrating rock stars on our staff
    December 27, 2018

    Celebrating rock stars on our staff

    You care. You grow. Join our dynamic team. 
    Read story
  • Residents knit love into every stitch
    December 17, 2018

    Residents knit love into every stitch

    A knitting group turned into a support system for women at Good Samaritan Society – Hastings Village.
    Read story
  • At 64, he got his call to serve
    August 23, 2018

    At 64, he got his call to serve

    It only took Richard Parra six decades to find his calling. At the time, he was 64 and had worked most of his life in retail. But he always felt a tug to do more.
    Read story
  • Active retirement: Our Volunteer Champion for 2018
    August 22, 2018

    Active retirement: Our Volunteer Champion for 2018

    Marcie Palmer has donated her time all of her life. She says of her fellow residents at Good Samaritan Society – Las Cruces Village, "I love them all." 
    Read story
  • Active retirement: Variety keeps life interesting
    August 17, 2018

    Active retirement: Variety keeps life interesting

    Moving out of their home didn't stop the Andersons from enjoying lifelong activities.
    Read story
  • Active retirement: Volunteering broadens horizons
    August 17, 2018

    Active retirement: Volunteering broadens horizons

    For Dorothy Wagner, an active retirement means nurturing her mind, body and soul through volunteerism.
    Read story
  • Active retirement: Living out God’s purpose
    August 16, 2018

    Active retirement: Living out God’s purpose

    Audrey Davis continues to find purpose in her retirement.
    Read story
  • A daughter’s grateful heart

    A daughter’s grateful heart

    In the final weeks of her mother’s life, Cathy Dumler will never forget the love and compassion her family found at their local Good Samaritan in Fort Collins, Colo. Her gratitude inspired a beautiful gift. 
    Read story
  • The healing power of music

    The healing power of music

    A cherished melody can lift the spirit, heal body and mind, and so much more. In Denton, Texas, a music therapy program supported through philanthropy is touching lives in powerful ways. 
    Read story
  • A granddaughter’s words of thanks to staff and residents

    A granddaughter’s words of thanks to staff and residents

    In the sadness of losing her grandmother, Vera Eckert, Angie Neff was touched by the love and kindness of Vera’s extended family at the Good Samaritan – Northwood in Jasper, Ind.
    Read story
  • The vital role of your gifts in caring for seniors

    The vital role of your gifts in caring for seniors

    One phone call with a thankful daughter leads to a potentially life saving gift for a Society location in Arizona.
    Read story
  • A reason to ‘smile’ while you holiday shop this year

    A reason to ‘smile’ while you holiday shop this year

    The holidays are going to look different this year. If you are shopping online, there is something you need to know.
    Read story
  • It’s full steam ahead at Wisconsin location, thanks to donors

    It’s full steam ahead at Wisconsin location, thanks to donors

    Soggy vegetables are no longer on the menu at Good Samaritan – Scandia Village. The Society was able to replace two food steamers through charitable gifts.
    Read story
  • ‘If this makes them happy, I am happy.’

    ‘If this makes them happy, I am happy.’

    Frank Percy's daily walk led to an amazing gift for one Good Samaritan location. You can join him in supporting senior well-being. 
    Read story
  • Furry friends deliver hugs to residents

    Furry friends deliver hugs to residents

    Friends and donors provided teddy bears and lots of smiles to residents of Good Samaritan - Fairfield Glade in Crossville, Tenn. for National Teddy Bear Day.
    Read story
  • ‘Everyone wants to be the first to ride!’

    ‘Everyone wants to be the first to ride!’

    Thanks to donors, a long-awaited bus arrives to the excitement of residents in Good Samaritan - Scandia Village in Sister Bay, Wisc.
    Read story
  • Technology donation brings care closer

    Technology donation brings care closer

    Good Samaritan - Sioux Falls Village received two RosieVisit carts for telemedicine visits. 
    Read story
  • Donors serve up funding for memory care unit kitchen

    Donors serve up funding for memory care unit kitchen

    It is very meaningful to know that we are so supported and loved by the community,”  said Stephanie Lasnoski, director of nursing. “It literally brings tears to the eyes of our employees when they discover that there has been a new donation, treat, gift card or flowers given to the facility. It makes them proud to work for a place that is so loved and supported."
    Read story
  • How theater came to Lake Forest Village ... and how you can help it thrive

    How theater came to Lake Forest Village ... and how you can help it thrive

    “I always thought I would be doing something with theater, but never thought it would be writing,” Freda Parker said.
    Watch story
  • Program teaches new skills, builds community

    Program teaches new skills, builds community

    “Our goal is to raise more than $20,000 for programming,” said Wells. “Programs like this build community, which is an important part of well-being. Plus, it’s good for all of us to learn new skills as we age.”
    Read story
  • Using loss to bring hope to others

    Using loss to bring hope to others

    “We just felt this was a good way to support others that are going through memory loss," said Rochelle Odenbrett.
    Read story
  • Gratitude drives daughter’s gift

    Gratitude drives daughter’s gift

    “I have felt these feelings of awareness and GRATITUDE for a long time,” Ford writes. “I felt the NEED to express GRATITUDE to each and every single one of you.” Paulette Ford
    Read story
  • North Texas Giving Day is Sept. 17

    North Texas Giving Day is Sept. 17

    Even a pandemic cannot stop the Hai Table poets of Good Samaritan - Denton Village in Denton, Texas. Creative pursuits like writing are part of the expanded programming that is planned - with donor support - for residents at the Society's two locations in Denton.
    Read story
  • Retired pediatrician brings comfort to patients at end-of-life

    Retired pediatrician brings comfort to patients at end-of-life

    “I’ve come full circle,” Dr. Marty Boxer says. “As a pediatrician, I did not have much experience with the elderly or the dying. Now, I do a little bit of everything.” 
    Read story
  • Milk donation strengthens body and spirit

    Milk donation strengthens body and spirit

    The Good Samaritan – Fairfield Glade is one of several non-profit organizations in Crossville, Tenn. that began receiving weekly shipments of milk from Borden Dairy through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture due to COVID - 19.
    Read story
  • Your gifts bring hope to rural Good Samaritan Society location

    Your gifts bring hope to rural Good Samaritan Society location

    “There is no way that I can express how grateful and thankful we are for the outpouring of support,” said Myron Moore, administrator of Good Samaritan - Canton in Canton, SD.
    Read story
  • Making a difference half a world away

    Making a difference half a world away

    “We become part of the elders’ lives,” says Rev. Greg Wilcox, vice president of mission integration and senior pastor at the Society’s National Campus. “We listen to their stories."
    Read story
  • 2019 Impact Report: God’s love shared because of you!

    2019 Impact Report: God’s love shared because of you!

    Donors contributed $4.5 million to the Good Samaritan Society through its Foundation in 2019.
    Read story
  • ‘We must pay it forward’

    ‘We must pay it forward’

    Peg Rhodes, a retired schoolteacher in Prescott, Ariz., talks about how the help she received from others inspires her support of the Good Samaritan - Marley House.
    Read story
  • Bagpiper lifts spirits, shows solidarity at Colorado location during COVID-19 pandemic

    Bagpiper lifts spirits, shows solidarity at Colorado location during COVID-19 pandemic

    You didn’t have to have Celtic roots to appreciate a recent gift to the Good Samaritan location in Fort Collins, Colo. You just needed to listen.
    Read story
  • Denton Village says: ‘Thank you donors!’

    Denton Village says: ‘Thank you donors!’

    Good Samaritan - Denton Village in Denton, Tex., has a very special video thank you for supporters who helped them to meet a matching challenge and purchase a new van for residents.
    Watch story
  • Generous Texans make social distancing garden parties possible for residents during pandemic

    Generous Texans make social distancing garden parties possible for residents during pandemic

    The Healing Garden at Good Samaritan – Lake Forest Village lives up to its name during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering much needed peace to residents and employees alike.
    Read story
  • Fuel donation keeps caregivers moving during a crisis

    Fuel donation keeps caregivers moving during a crisis

    Good Samaritan caregivers in International Falls, Minn. received a gift in April from a local gas station to keep them moving through the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Read story
  • Employees give more than $1M to provide COVID-19 relief

    Employees give more than $1M to provide COVID-19 relief

    Over three weeks, Sanford Health and Good Samaritan employees donated more than $1 million for colleagues facing financial hardship related to COVID-19.
    Read story
  • Crocs Company’s donation keeps front line caregivers in Florida on their feet during pandemic

    Crocs Company’s donation keeps front line caregivers in Florida on their feet during pandemic

    Employees at the Good Samaritan – Daytona walk many, many steps during the course of a shift. Thanks to a donation of 200 pairs of shoes from the Crocs Company, those steps are more comfortable these days.
    Read story
  • Minnesota Volunteer Makes a Difference During COVID-19 with Masks

    Minnesota Volunteer Makes a Difference During COVID-19 with Masks

    Minnesota volunteer Georgia Helvick is sewing her way through the COVID-19 pandemic and making a difference for employees at a Good Samaritan nursing home in the process.
    Read story
  • Pet therapy: a prescription for well-being at the Marley House

    Pet therapy: a prescription for well-being at the Marley House

    “Would you like to go visit?” That’s all it takes to get a reaction out of Maggie, Melinda McGrath’s 12-year-old greyhound. Her eyes pop open, she tilts her head, and she’s off.
    Read story
  • Delgado makes the case for hospice giving

    Delgado makes the case for hospice giving

    “I would love for people to not be afraid of the word ‘hospice,’ says Cathy Delgado, nurse supervisor of the Good Samaritan – Marley House, an inpatient hospice house in Prescott, Ariz. “People hear the word and instantly think ‘death.’ It’s so much more.”
    Read story
  • Donor hopes to inspire others during COVID-19 pandemic

    Donor hopes to inspire others during COVID-19 pandemic

    "It's moments like this that remind us why we do what we do," says Loretta Dunivan, donor engagement director.
    Read story
  • ‘It’s all about others.’ Colorado businessman makes a difference for seniors

    ‘It’s all about others.’ Colorado businessman makes a difference for seniors

    Jim Payson has spent years making good things happen for residents and staff in northern Colorado.
    Read story
  • Volunteers touch 1,000 hearts

    Volunteers touch 1,000 hearts

    The idea is to think big, act big and move quickly. That’s how the Good Samaritan shares God’s love - in times of crisis and every day.
    Read story
  • Family’s gift supports beauty on a budget

    Family’s gift supports beauty on a budget

    Martha Church loved getting her hair done. Now, thanks to a gift from her family, other residents at Good Samaritan – Moscow Village have access to the pampering of a salon visit, regardless of their income.
    Read story
  • Gratitude runs in the family

    Gratitude runs in the family

    Lennis Carpentier and his wife, Linda Arlien, know a thing or two about gratitude. Because others have helped them along the way, they are among the generous donors who make a difference at our location in Forest City, Iowa.
    Read story
  • Brainerd man honored for top fundraising effort

    Brainerd man honored for top fundraising effort

    What does it take to be a top fundraiser for a bowling event in Brainerd, Minnesota? In Dan Pulak’s case, it takes a generous heart, a big smile and hard work.
    Read story
  • Generosity turns eye sore into place of serenity

    Generosity turns eye sore into place of serenity

    Good Samaritan – Fairfield Glade dedicates a new park thanks to the generous people of Crossville, Tennessee.  
    Read story
  • Incomplete puzzle? That’s life, says Ruth Pruitt

    Incomplete puzzle? That’s life, says Ruth Pruitt

    Her goal is to live a life fully in service to God. She sees her retirement community in Gresham, Oregon, as the perfect place to live out that ambition.
    Read story
  • Donor Profile: Linda Scroggins

    Donor Profile: Linda Scroggins

    Linda Scroggins recently retired from AT& T where she worked for 40 years. She lives in Allen, Texas.
    Read story
  • Gifts power well-being for Arizona location

    Gifts power well-being for Arizona location

    Good Samaritan – Prescott Village in Arizona recently hosted an unusual prayer service. Donors and residents gathered to pray over a piece of exercise equipment.
    Read story
  • How do you celebrate your birthday?

    How do you celebrate your birthday?

    Social media provides a new way for you to mark the occasion and help your favorite charity at the same time.
    Read story
  • Your story matters

    Your story matters

    Everyday, your support makes a difference for a senior at a Good Samaritan location. Here is one family’s story.
    Read story
  • Giving where they live: Bakers support hospice care in Arizona

    Giving where they live: Bakers support hospice care in Arizona

    John and Marion Baker believe it's their duty to help others in need and in their community. "It’s important to give where you live," John says.
    Read story
  • Donor profile: Janice Shoop’s generosity and willing heart

    Donor profile: Janice Shoop’s generosity and willing heart

    Through her contributions of time and financial resources, Janice Shoop's giving has had a personal impact on the lives of those who live or work at Good Samaritan – Moscow Village.
    Read story
  • Donor profile: Sonia Bury

    Donor profile: Sonia Bury

    Long-time Good Samaritan employee Sonia Bury gives to the Foundation because of the power her gifts have to make a difference in the lives of the people served by the Society.
    Read story
  • Donor profile: David and Susanne Copenhaver

    Donor profile: David and Susanne Copenhaver

    One Iowa couple proves the value of giving — no matter the size of the gift.
    Read story
  • Grateful donors give nearly $1 million to Prescott locations

    Grateful donors give nearly $1 million to Prescott locations

    Two gifts from former residents of the Evangelical Good Samaritan locations in Prescott, Arizona will make a difference in that community forever. Together, these donors added $950,000 to the Society’s endowed funds.
    Read story
  • Donor profile: Brent Langston

    Donor profile: Brent Langston

    Long-time Good Samaritan employee Brent Langston shares his reasons for giving to the Foundation.
    Read story
  • Retired teacher’s IRA rollover gift gets residents rolling again

    Retired teacher’s IRA rollover gift gets residents rolling again

    Teaching music for 30 years created a good life for Anita Spain. Now, she's learning how to use her savings to make a difference in the world around her.
    Read story
  • Wellness center testimonials

    Wellness center testimonials

    The Kissimmee Village wellness center offers about a dozen different weekly physical wellness classes. They include stretching, balance, tai chi and dance.
    Read story
  • 'Happy' the goat is a birthday wish fulfilled

    'Happy' the goat is a birthday wish fulfilled

    "Happy" the goat is the birthday present Janie Staloch was hoping for. Happy is now one of four goats in Good Samaritan – Albert Lea's herd.
    Watch story

Find a Good Samaritan Society location

Find a location:

Connect with us

Sign up for our newsletter

Contact Good Samaritan Society

Have a question or comment? Connect with us today.

Contact us