At Ebenezer Ridges, it is our goal to partner and give back and serve in what ever ways we are capable, not only to our local community of Burnsville but to all of the world. We did that this past week with our Shoes for Haiti Event.
We were given the opportunity to partner with the organization "World Soles" this summer to make a difference by donating used shoes. Residents, staff, family members, local community and donated more than 300 pairs of gently used shoes to benefit the people of Haiti. WOW! Job well done to everyone who participated.
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe
If you would like to learn more about how you can give back and VOLUNTEER at Ridges Campus, CONTACT US today.
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