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Grace Mattson, center, was recently the recipient of the Aging Services of Minnesota Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014. Presenting her with the award were Ecumen chaplain Vicki Marthaler and clinical director Cheryl Krause. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Ecumen’s Mattson receives Volunteer of the Year Award

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A volunteer at Ecumen-Detroit Lakes’ Emmanuel Nursing Home for more than eight years now, Grace Matson has made an indelible impression upon residents and staff alike.

Grace first became a regular visitor at Emmanuel when her mother-in-law Helen became a resident, after surviving a life-changing stroke.

As Helen adjusted to her new home, Grace helped her maintain a positive attitude with creative, home-spun therapies to help stimulate the affected parts of her brain.

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