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.
The phrase “ever forward” was used by the Good Samaritan Society’s Founder, the Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger. It reflected his ongoing sense of faith in God and optimism for the future. The phrase is still fitting today for the Society’s staff members and volunteers.
Congratulations to our 2020 Ever Forward Champions!
Veronica Glienke – Caregiver Champion
Veronica Glienke’s goal as a resident care manager is helping residents feel at home at Good Samaritan Society – Moscow Village in Moscow, Idaho.
“Veronica takes the time with each person and makes them feel special,” says Jamie Berg, Moscow Village administrator. “She loves and cares for every single person that’s in our building.”
Each day, residents and staff members witness Veronica’s compassion and perseverance.
“She is awesome with the residents and with the staff,” says Denice Davis, RN, MDS coordinator.
Veronica views her role with the utmost importance because it involves human lives.
“You’re not going to fix anything if you don’t care and part of caring is being kind,” Veronica says.
“She really wants to lift residents up so they get everything they need to have the very best life they can have here,” says Jamie.
Watch this inspiring video about Veronica:
Lee Yarrington – Employee Champion
Although her title is housekeeping assistant, Lee Yarrington also provides friendship and a listening ear to residents at Good Samaritan Society – Fontanelle in Fontanelle, Iowa.
“I chat with them while I’m cleaning,” says Lee. “They really need someone to talk to, especially now.”
Her positive attitude brings joy to each resident and staff member she comes in contact with.
“She always has a smile on her face and it cheers you up when she’s in your room,” says resident Charlie Hair.
“It’s been hard with COVID-19, but she’s definitely a burst of fresh air,” says Sheona Fienhage, activities director.
Lee’s dedication to residents is evident by the hours she puts in. Her shift starts at 6 a.m. and finishes around 3 p.m. She then returns at 7 p.m. to help pass out snacks.
“There’s just something about my residents. I want to be there for them,” says Lee. “They’ll tell me when I get a day off how much they miss me. It’s really heart touching.”
Watch this inspiring video about Lee:
Jack Burnell – Volunteer Champion
With a heart for service, Jack Burnell, a resident and volunteer at Good Samaritan Society – Mountain Home in Mountain Home, Arkansas, makes sure other residents get the help they need.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, he assisted residents in getting to their appointments. Jack also set out song books and brought residents to the chapel service. Now, he volunteers to deliver meals to residents’ rooms.
“He’s got so many qualities that let you know he’s giving from the heart,” says Jennifer Batesel, marketing director.
In addition to volunteering, Jack likes to keep everyone’s morale up by posting jokes, funny pictures and random quotes on the outside of his door. Many people stop by to check it out.
“He keeps me entertained with his door,” says resident Mary Orr.
In whatever he does, Jack enjoys helping people.
“Giving time in the service of others is Jack’s purpose,” says Sunnie Chaney, senior living manager.
Watch this inspiring video about Jack:
Julie Rothschadl – Leadership Champion
The minute she arrives for work at Good Samaritan Society – Tyndall in Tyndall, South Dakota, Julie Rothschadl likes to meet face to face with residents.
“Julie’s here for one reason and one reason only – because she loves these people,” says Ruthann Boska, office manager.
As the social service director, Julie serves as the residents’ advocate. She puts in long days and assists with whatever is needed, including helping and encouraging newer staff members.
“Julie is a servant leader. Residents and families trust her,” says Lori Cihak, health information director.
In addition to her regular duties, Julie finds fulfillment in helping residents who are near the end of their life.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Julie’s taken extra time to help residents communicate with their families over the phone.
“She’s the example of what we want every Good Samaritan Society employee to be,” says Julie Schenkel, administrator. “She truly lives the mission each and every day.”
Watch this inspiring video about Julie: