August, 2020
425 N Linwood, Appleton, WI 54914
Never Too Late To Celebrate Christmas in July!

Fox Valley Lutheran Homes needs your help to install three automatic door openers to assist our tenants entering and exiting Linwood Commons. This improvement will help keep our tenants safe and independent.

OUR REQUEST TO YOU: Since you likely skipped your Christmas in July celebration this year, consider all the money you saved and help us celebrate with a gift of automatic doors by mailing your donation to FVLH at 425 N Linwood Ave, Appleton, WI 54914. Many thanks to those who have already donated to this project.

It is always a good season
to wish one
another joy, love, and peace!
Thanks to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Endowment for COVID Supplies

T he Ministry of Fox Valley Lutheran Homes is able to continue to serve our tenants because of generous supporters. Special thanks to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Neenah for the recent gift from their Endowment Fund. This gift has allowed us to update our wellness equipment and replenish safety supplies for both tenant and staff safety during COVID-19. These items include an automatic blood pressure cuff, an infrared no touch thermometer, a pulse oximeter and other safety supplies.

Calling All Bird Watchers

Special thanks to Liam Sullivan for building and donating 3 bird feeders for our grounds. Our tenants will soon enjoy watching the birds gather at these feeders. Liam is a member of   Christ the King Lutheran Church  in Combined Locks. We are grateful for Liam and the continued support of our ELCA community.
First English Summer Ministry Interns Support Our Tenants In A Unique Partnership During COVID-19

First English Lutheran Church supports the Summer Intern Ministry for young adults ages 18-25. The vision of this ministry is to provide opportunities for emerging men and women to gain a deeper understanding of service in the community and vocation in the church. 

In past years, the interns have been involved with many social activities in Linwood Commons. Our tenants looked forward to the weekly visits of the interns. Due to COVID-19 and the need to social distance, we have become creative in how our tenants can build relationships and connect with this amazing group of young people. Intern Noah Lichosik has written about his 2020 COVID-19 "Buddy" experience with 2 of our tenants. We hope to share other stories of this partnership in the future.

Hello! My name is Noah Lichosik and I am one of the interns at First English Lutheran Church. This is my second summer working as an intern and even with things being much different this year, it is a great experience. Last year our intern group visited Fox Valley Lutheran Homes once a week and spent time with anyone willing to join us. We played card games and a lot of Mexican Train dominoes (which became a favorite game for many of us).

This year, due to COVID-19, we have had to make adjustments to keep others safe. We were contacted by Lynn Ann at the beginning of the summer about the idea of staying connected with some residents of FVLH through telephone conversations. We all jumped at the opportunity. Ten tenants at FVLH signed up to be a part of this new Buddy program. I was lucky enough to be assigned two different Buddies.

I've had the opportunity to speak with Ozzie and learn about his life and all the great stories he has. Not many people can say they were a photographer for the President of the United States. I've also talked to and met in person (while practicing social distancing) with Jerry Heins. Who would have guessed that becoming a chemist for a paper company would allow you to travel the world? Both of these gentlemen have lived extraordinary lives and have such great perspectives on the world around them.

In my life I have always looked up to my elders, but I never had a chance to truly interact with my own grandparents before they passed. Whenever I am given the chance to hear stories of the past or pick the brain of someone who has seen so much, I do not take it for granted. The time we are given to interact with our new buddies was a great experience not only for me but for all of the interns. On behalf of all the FELC interns, we would like to extend a thank you to our Buddies for their willingness to speak and meet with us this summer.
Check Out Our Ramp Renovation in Progress!

The INCREDIBLE Interns from  FELC Summer Intern Ministry  gifted us their time, talent and ALOT of energy as they wire brushed and painted the railings at our north entrance in late July. Each of these wonderful young adults are a blessing to our community. Thanks to  First English Lutheran Church  for this wonderful program.
Can you Help Us Finish Our Ramp Renovation?

The concrete side walls of our north side ramp were repaired by Ken Coenen . It's volunteers like Ken that help us keep FVLH in good repair.
We are seeking several persons interested in social distance volunteer work (for 2 to 4 hours) to help us paint the concrete facing of our north side entrance ramp. No special experience is required! Snacks, beverages and a fun time is guaranteed! Please contact Executive Director Lynn Ann Clausing Rusch   (click here to email ) if you can help.
Welcome to Our New Linwood Place Hair Stylist, Julie Recker

Julie will tend to our tenant's hair care needs in our salon on Wednesday's from 8 AM to 4 PM. Appointments can be made by calling Julie at
920-585-2572. Julie has 44 years of hair care experience and is looking forward to serving our tenants. Julie has a blended family of 6 children and 8 grandchildren with her husband Randy. She enjoys counted cross stitch, flower gardening and is an avid Green Bay Packer fan.
Walk for FVLH

We will be hosting a 'virtual race' fundraiser in October. This event is an opportunity for us to get some exercise, fresh air and raise money!

Click here for additional information and to register.

If you choose to walk, great! If you choose to NOT walk, still sign up and support the event. The entire $10 registration fee will be donated to FVLH.

There is also a 'bling' kit available for purchase (it's all about the t-shirt!)

Please share this fun virtual event with friends across the globe, your family members and congregations. The more the merrier! $$$
Laundry Renovation Update

Our property committee is meeting in August to review contractor bids for our new laundry area.

We have received a generous gift towards this project in memory of Travis James Dorn from the Travis James Dorn and Rogers Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. This project also has the support of Mary Beth Nienhaus, who has generously supported this renovation with a matching donation. Special thanks to the Dorn Family, Mary Beth and to all of you who have donated to this project.
Currently Accepting Applications
for New Tenants

We anticipate a vacancy of a 2 bedroom apartment in September. We are also accepting applications for our waiting list for future vacancies. Are you interested in living at Linwood Place? Please contact us for information and to schedule a tour by calling 920-734-7225 or by emailing our Building Manager Brian Krauss (click here to email)  or Executive Director Lynn Ann Clausing Rusch   (click here to email ).
Calling All Thrivent Policy Holders!
Do You See A Need?
Thrivent Helps Meet That Need!

Are you a Thrivent policy holder that would like to support the social and/or education programs we offer to our tenants? You can apply for an Action Team grant to support a special need, project or activity right here at Linwood Place. Thrivent offers financial resources to increase the impact of the project. If you need more i nformation about Thrivent's Acton Team grants or would like help getting your request processed online click here to email our Executive Director, Lynn Ann Clausing Rusch.
425 N Linwood, #111
Appleton, WI 54914-3470

Linwood Place, a ministry of Fox Valley Lutheran Homes is a non-profit corporation affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and area congregations. The board of directors is composed of community leaders, clergy and dedicated volunteers who guide the operation and plan for the future.

We are a non-sectarian project. Persons of any race, color, creed, religion, national origin or sex are welcome.