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Mennonite Memorial Home • Maple Crest • Willow Ridge
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Audrey Bowsher is the 2015 winner of the Barbara Fleming Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton & Pandora (MHCO).  Audrey will graduate this year from Spencerville High School and Apollo Career Center.  She plans to attend Pensacola Christian College in the fall, pursuing a degree in nursing.  Audrey is the daughter of Ron and Cindy Bowsher of Spencerville. She is the granddaughter of Larry and Ginny Moser of rural Columbus Grove and of the late Layton and Ruth Bowsher.  This annual award of $500 provides scholarship support to an individual pursuing a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse, a Registered Nurse or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Barbara Fleming, in whose honor the scholarship is made possible, was a resident of Mennonite Memorial Home from 1997-2000, was trained as a nurse and throughout her life exhibited the caring nature that characterizes the profession of nursing.  The elders and staff of MHCO wish Audrey the best as she pursues her calling to serve others through the honorable profession of nursing.

Audrey Bowsher

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The Visioneer - Spring 2015 Edition

The Easter Bunny is once again making his annual trek to Bluffton! Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio
(MHCO) and Jerry Lewis' McDonald's will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. sharp, Saturday, March 28, at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. The Easter Egg Hunt will take place come rain or shine. There will be no rain date. Children ages 8 and under are invited to come, hunt for hidden eggs, register for prizes, gift baskets and have their parents take their pictures with the Easter Bunny. Doughnuts will be donated by Community Markets and hot beverages will be provided by MHCO. In addition to the egg hunt festivities, a bake sale will also take place at Mennonite Memorial Home from 9 am to 12 pm. The Service Group, a volunteer group at MHCO for over 60 years, will host the bake sale which will include homemade items like cakes, cookies, pies, breads and cinnamon rolls. Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the work of The Service Group.

The invitation read, “Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio volunteers are like an assortment of ice cream flavors.  You just make life happier for everyone!” More than 140 volunteers responded to the invitation and participated in the annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet held on April 8 at Ebenezer Mennonite Church.  Special Occasions from Upper Sandusky catered the meal which was topped off with ice cream sundaes.

More than 400 volunteers donated 9,090 hours of their time in 2014 which is the most ever recorded.  Volunteers from each of the four communities of MHCO were represented; Hilty Home, Willow Ridge, Maple Crest and Mennonite Memorial Home. Following the meal, volunteer coordinators Debbie Mohr and Dee Steffen invited volunteers to raise their hands if they participated in a particular activity.  Some of the volunteer activities mentioned included traditional events such as calling bingo, driving elders to appointments, folding newsletters and delivering mobile meals. The more unique activities included measuring fish at the annual fishing derby, husking sweet corn, cleaning bird cages and painting fingernails.  While these tasks provide a great support to the staff, an even greater benefit is the personal interaction, the friendly smiles and the relationships established with the elders.  Volunteers also find great satisfaction and a personal blessing through the interactions they have with elders.

On Friday, February 20 and Tuesday, March 3 respectively, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) provided $1000 checks to Release Time/Weekday Christian Education and the Pandora-Gilboa Athletic Boosters. The occasion was the fulfillment of a commitment made back in 2010 when MHCO unexpectedly received a large gift from the estate of James and Frieda Basinger. “We were so pleased and surprised by the generosity of James and Frieda that we wanted to share this gift with the larger community,” stated Laura Voth, CEO. “It is such a privilege to be able to ‘pay it forward’.”

The Mennonite Memorial Fund Board, which manages all contributions received by MHCO, decided to support non-profits in both the Pandora and Bluffton communities since MHCO provides services in both communities. “We learned that Weekday Christian Education (WCE) relies on contributions to support their scholarship fund,” reported Doug Luginbill, Director of Resource Development and Church Relations. “As another faith-based organization, we wanted to help WCE meet their mission which includes making it financially possible for any child to participate in the program, regardless of their ability to pay.”

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Mennonite Memorial Home Earns 5 Star Rating

Mennonite Memorial Home has been awarded an overall 5-STAR QUALITY RATING! What's the best news? They join Hilty Home and Willow Ridge who also received 5-STAR RATINGS! These recognitions come from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Congratulations to all of MHCO's nursing communities - and thank you to the hard working and dedicated staff that makes these achievements possible!

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