Emmanuel to celebrate 45 years
In 1955, people throughout Detroit Lakes - from members of the Jaycees and Trinity Lutheran Church to representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and the Becker County Welfare Board - banded together to create what their town noticeably needed: a warm homelike setting for the elderly to stay and receive professional care and friendly companionship.
"There was a group of concerned citizens who determined that there was a need for a place like this in the community," said Janet Green, Executive Director at Emmanuel Community.
After nine years of raising funds, seeking local, state and national support, and putting together a lineup of quality caregivers, Emmanuel Nursing opened its doors for the first time, offering those services and many more.
According to Living History, a 20-year anniversary publication about the origins of Emmanuel, people from Osage to Audubon and Mahnomen to Lake Park dedicated portions of their paychecks "to a facility they might not use, but their neighbor would need it... and it had to be ready."
As Green said, "We're still making sure we're ready."
Since the nursing home opened in 1964, it has expanded with several new additions that enable Emmanuel to better serve its residents, including Lamplighter Manor, The Cottage and Day Spa and Northshore Town Homes.
On Wednesday, September 30 from 3 to 6 p.m., Emmanuel Community will host a celebration in honor of its 45-year anniversary.
"We are going to have music, hors d'oeuvres and champagne," said Sandy Lia, Emmanuel's Director of Public Relations and Community Development.
The theme for the celebration is sapphire. Antique jewelry with the gem will be given away that afternoon.
"We've been a gem in the community for the past 45 years," Green said the choosing the theme, adding that they will continue to provide their services with the same compassion and comfort in the future.
Other events going on during the day include an antique car show, a blessing service officiated by Vicki Marthaler, giveaways sponsored by longtime friends of Emmanuel, a quilt show, musical entertainment and tours of the ever-growing community.
"We'll be highlighting 20-plus year veterans of Emmanuel throughout the month of September," added Lia, noting that several employees have given many years of service to the community through their work there.
Emmanuel Community, its founders and those giving their time there now have made Detroit Lakes a better environment on plenty of people throughout its community.
"We want to celebrate our history and share our vision for the future," Green said.
Celebrate with Emmanuel at their 45-year anniversary party - it's been a long time coming.