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A ministry of caring

Bluestem Communities is committed to making a positive impact on each resident’s and participant’s quality of life. As a non-profit, that commitment positively impacts care regardless of what personal matters they may face. 

“Individuals can have all of their life and finances in order, and sometimes things still happen that are outside of their control that have a major impact,” said Derek Yoder, Bluestem Communities Vice President of Fund Advancement. “The benevolent funds are such an important ministry of caring for others. We are grateful to the many who embrace this ministry and support the benevolent funds.” 

Each branch of Bluestem Communities has its own benevolent fund to assist residents and participants who, due to unforeseen circumstances, are unable to cover the full cost of their care – the Bluestem PACE Good Neighbor Fund, the Kidron Bethel Village Health Care Benevolent Fund, and the Schowalter Villa Good Samaritan Caring Fund. 

More than 800 households and businesses give annually to Bluestem Communities benevolent funds and support residents and participants. Visionaries – those who give $1,000 or more each year – are 280 of those households and businesses. Many others give less formally by attending and participating in events in which proceeds benefit the benevolent funds. It is the role of the Bluestem Communities Fund Advancement department to foster relationships with donors and educate them about the needs of residents and participants. Friends of Kidron at Kidron Bethel Village and Villa Partners at Schowalter Villa are volunteer groups comprised of campus residents and members of the wider communities that help plan and facilitate events to support their campus’s benevolent fund. 

“It is a joy to me to thoughtfully select where I would like to give some of my resources,” shared one donor who is also an independent living resident at Bluestem Communities. “The benevolent funds provide in areas of great need, and I feel my heart warmed by giving to the place I also call home.” 

Support Bluestem Communities residents and participants by giving to benevolent funds at bluestemks.org/giving, and attend fun community events throughout the year. Follow Bluestem Communities on Facebook to stay informed about these events and more.

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