Join us for a FREE caregiver support group every second Tuesday of the month
The caregiver support group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month to provide information and a welcoming environment for discussing the challenges of being a caregiver in the community. Each session begins with a light meal and fellowship at 5:00 p.m. The meetings are topic focused with a guest speaker and includes time for sharing in the group.
Fall 2017 Support Group Topics:
October 10th – Dementia and Art Therapy
November 14th – Overview of Pain Related to Dementia
December 12th – Managing Stress During the Holiday
Every Second Tuesday of the Month
Ebenezer Ridges Campus | Adult Day Program Room
13810 Community Drive | Burnsville
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | a light meal is provided at 5:00 p.m.
A community service of Arbor Lane and Ebenezer Ridges Campus.
RSVP to Barbara Netherton, 952-898-3085.
EbenezerCares.org | Care for loved ones is available by reservation.
If you have thought about volunteering at Ebenezer Ridges or another place in your community, this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore your options. Come join us at the volunteer fair on September 25, from 3-5 pm at the Wescott Library, in Eagan, MN and find out where your talents can make a big difference.
“I probably get more out of this than the people I serve.” ~ Volunteer Hazel
For more information about Volunteering at Ridges - contact Denise Edstrom
We had our Grandparent's Day Open House at Ridges on Monday in celebration of National Grandparent's Day. The purpose of the holiday, is "to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.
Our Intergen Program allows children and grandpas and grandmas to celebrate together, work together, be together, learn from one another and much more! Find out more today!
Join us October 10, 2017 to raise funds for the Burnsville Honor Guard!
Fun for the whole family…and for a good cause! Enjoy local “Butcher and the Boar” Grilled Bratwurst Sausage served on a Bavarian Pretzel Bun, fresh Sauerkraut and stone ground mustard, Homemade German Style Potato Salad, Grandma’s Apple Strudel and ice-cold Root Beer!
Live entertainment and raffle drawings for great prizes! New this year, “Police Bingo”, stay and play and you could win a prize!
$5 for Adults
$2 for Children under 12
All proceeds will be donated to the Burnsville Honor Guard.
For more information call 952-898-4005
Each summer the Ebenezer Ridges Campus releases sixty new butterflies into the campus butterfly garden. The butterflies arrive overnight delivery from Florida and are released after a worship service at the end of August to mark the closing of the summer and the “sending off” of the kindergartners to their first day of school. Some of the children have been a part of this campus since they were six weeks old. So their departing is a significant event of them and the residents who live here. The butterflies mark their transition from this community of Ebenezer to the new school communities of which they will be a part. The butterflies symbolize that transition and “taking to flight.”
It also helps the grandmas and grandpas on campus to share in prayers of blessing for these young people that have grown up in our midst. There is a wonderful Native American legend that says when you catch a butterfly in your hand you should whisper a prayer to it. Since the butterfly can hear the prayer but not speak it to anyone, when the butterfly flies up into the heavens the prayers are taken up to the Great Spirit. It is a great thing of beauty to watch the children and the senior adults “whispering their prayers” for each other to the butterflies before they take flight.
For Christians the butterfly is also an ancient symbol for the Resurrection. The cocoon resembles Jesus’ tomb. Out of the seemingly lifeless tomb springs forth the new life of Resurrection. So the next time you see a butterfly symbol at Easter or encounter a Monarch alongside the road offer up a prayer of blessing and watch as the butterfly carries your prayer into the heavens.
Chaplain Chris Beckman
Ebenezer Ridges Campus
Ebenezer Ridges campus would like to thank all who came out to the Auto Show last week, including our residents, family, friends, local community, Burnsville Police and Burnsville Fire as well as the individuals that showcased their automobiles.
It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun! See you for our next fun event!!
Building Community | Sparking Creativity | Inspiring Readers
How Does This Library Work?
This Little Free Library offers a way to share good things to read—favorite books from your childhood or books you would recommend to friends; books that teach, intrigue and engage you. All of us can help by keeping this collection stocked with good reading material.
Whose library is this? It belongs to everybody -- neighbors, friends, and people we don’t even know yet. Anyone can use it. That’s why we want to take care of it.
Take a book. If you see something you would like to read, take it. Look inside and see who gave it; who else has read it.
Share it. Return it to any Little Library or pass it on to a friend.
Give books. Leave notes in them. Be a friend of all libraries by helping any way you can. Pay it Forward!
Little Free Libraries support reading for children, literacy for adults, and libraries around the world.
Contact Ann Schrempp, Life Long Learning Director with any questions at 952-212-3465
By John Gessner | Sun This Week
Community & PeopleTime capsule marks more than 40 years of senior carePublished August 3, 2017 at 11:35 am
Standing by the window well where a time capsule will be placed are, from left, Courtney Van Vooren, administrator of Ebenezer Ridges Care Center; Ann Schremp, lifelong learning and intergenerational director; and the Rev. Chris Beckman, campus director of spiritual care. (Photo by John Gessner)Oddly patterned pastels and some garishly colored exceptions were part of yesteryear’s wallpaper at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville.
“The stuff that used to be in our beauty shop — it’s pretty amazing,” staff member Ann Schrempp said, showing a sample of wall covering that probably looked swanky in the ’80s.
Wallpaper samples are some of the artifacts staffers are collecting for a time capsule that will be plastered into an old window well as the original building undergoes its first major renovation in 23 years.
The capsule will commemorate more than 40 years of senior care, which began in 1973 when the Ebenezer Society acquired a defaulted building under construction on what would become the Ridges Campus in Burnsville and completed the original nursing home.
Building and program additions have followed, including transitional care, memory care, an intergenerational child care center, an adult day program, independent senior apartments and a separate assisted-living building called Arbors at Ridges.
Renovation of the original care center is the last part of a recent four-phase renovation of the Ebenezer Ridges Campus for Senior Living.
“We’re in construction, which is giving us the opportunity to sneak the time capsule in,” said Schrempp, the campus’ lifelong learning and intergenerational director.
It also coincides with the 100th anniversary of Ebenezer, the senior-services arm of Fairview Health Services.
In more than four decades, Ebenezer’s Burnsville campus has tripled the number of seniors it serves, to more than 300, and added 56 children through the child care program, care center administrator Courtney Van Vooren said.
The time capsule will enshrine traditions, and possibly relics, of years past.
“I went to the beauty salon and found curlers,” said the Rev. Chris Beckman, the campus’ spiritual care director. “What will they be using in 20 years?”
He added a couple of swipable staff access badges.
“What will they be doing in 20 years?” Beckman said. “Will we all have chips inserted into us, or will they be doing retinal scans? We just don’t know what will be of interest.”
Two photo books will be included. One commemorates the annual intergenerational nativity pageant at Christmas. The other is a collection from residents’ annual three-day trip to Camp Friendship in Annandale.
The capsule will include photos of some residents and samples of their artwork.
“We’re a community of artists,” Schrempp said. “All the artwork on our walls was created by people who live or have lived here.”
It will all be stuffed into a compact metal box that belonged to care center resident Jan Huss, who passed away recently.
The capsule will be placed in the well of a window that used to look out onto the grounds but now is next to the chapel addition.
Van Vooren left a yellow sticky note reminding workers to place the capsule before covering it over.
“I hope that whoever finds it in the future appreciates it and cares about all the items that are in at as much as I think we did putting it together,” Van Vooren said.
This year will mark the 6th year that Ebenezer Ridges has made the trip up to Annandale, MN to Camp Friendship. The idea of going on a camp trip was inspired by a Care Center Resident in 2012 who often reminisced about the trips her family would take up to their cabin every year. Staff wanted to provide this experience again from her and for other Resident that lived on campus, so every August 45-75 staff and Residents haul their belonging and camp equipment up to Annandale, MN for either 3-days, 2-nights or a day trip. This year we were even able to offer Ridge Point independent living the opportunity to stay 4 days, 3 nights. The days up at the cabin are filled with pontoon rides, fishing, camp fire songs, s’mores, good food, games, crafts, and lots of laughter. This trip allows Residents to experience the north, a vacation, and nature one more time before the end of their journey.
Read Maxine's Letter to hear about what this trip means to her.