May 1, 2020
425 N Linwood, Appleton, WI 54914
Thank You For Your Ongoing Support

The art work, letters, Easter care packages, books, craft kits and puzzles that continue to be delivered make everyone's day a bit brighter. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please keep the messages and donations coming as the days get long and lonesome for our tenants as they stay sheltered and safe in their apartments.
Staying Connected and Safe during COVID-19

Keeping our tenants and employees safe is our highest priority. We have cancelled all events and recommend that all tenants shelter in place.

Listed below are some of the measures we are taking for the safety of all:

  • We have identified tenants that need support with obtaining groceries or medications and have connected them with volunteers that continue to make arrangements for delivery of needed items.
  • We disinfect all common surfaces in the building daily. This includes elevators, stair and hallway railings, door handles, mail boxes and the washers and dryers in the laundry room.
  • Signs are posted at all our entrances asking persons not to enter the building if they cannot pass the screening questions recommended by the CDC and the Appleton Health Department.
  • Our Care Coordinator Cheryl contacts tenants weekly to check on their health and ensure they have a support system in place.
  • We have a group of dedicated volunteers, church families, board members and clergy that are taking time to make phone calls and send notes of encouragement.
  • Necessary building repairs continue to be made with an abundance of caution to ensure safety for all.
  • Staff maintains the recommended physical distance between each other and our tenants.
  • Tenants, staff and all visitors are asked to wear face masks. We have been blessed with donations of masks by several talented seamstresses in our community.

A special thanks goes out to our staff and volunteers including Brian Krauss, Dick & Cheryl Mahloch, Gloria Gillis and Nancy Mader who continue to minister to our tenants with their time and talents.
Special Visitors Bring Extra Special Smiles!

Messages of LOVE from our family, friends and the community continue to lift our spirits. Thank you to Jean Long Manteuful of Long's Senior Transitions for the front door emblem of love.

Youthful visitors included 2 budding sidewalk artists that left a message of love for their Grandparents.
Finding New Ways to Worship

Thank you to Pastor Brian Bankert and the Trinity Lutheran Church congregation for inviting our us to virtual worship services on Wednesday evenings at 6 PM and Sunday mornings at 9 AM. Please join us in worship through Zoom on your computer or by calling in using your telephone. Having Trinity friends, family and friends worship together help us feel like we are part of a larger community of believers. Click here for instructions on how join us in worship.
Fox Valley Lutheran Homes Annual Meeting

Due to COVID-19, no in-person Annual Meeting was held. This is a unique time in our world’s history and we need to have unique solutions to the opportunities before us.

Using alternative methods, our delegates elected the following persons to a 3-year term on our Board of Directors:

Joe Martin – has lived in Appleton since 1987. He is extremely active throughout the community. He is currently serving as the Vice President for Options for Independent Living and is actively involved with Friends of Scheig Center Gardens and Pollenablers Fox Cities. He is 4th District Alderman, serving four terms on the Appleton City Council. He is a Catharsis IPRF for St Joseph Catholic Church and a past board member of LEAVEN.

Ron Robertson - I am looking forward to serving on your board. FVLH is a well-respected housing community in Appleton. I have been married for 48 years, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I have been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1980. Before I retired, I worked as a John Deere Manager. I have been on Trinity’s Council and several Committees through the years. I am interested in woodworking and building and have spent most of my time on property committees.

Pastor Leon Knitt was born and raised in Clintonville. After high school graduation, he attended Wartburg College and Seminary. His first call was in Texas. He served Zion Lutheran Church, Appleton from 1977 – 1997. He has lived in Appleton 43 years. He was the Vice President of the Appleton Conference when Dottie Van Loo approached the synod to begin what is now Fox Valley Lutheran Homes. The AALC (American Association of Lutheran Churches) currently holds his credentials. He and his late wife Joyce were married for nearly 59 years.

Outgoing Board Member Julie Reinke serves as our Finance Chairperson. She has graciously offered to serve two additional years, filling the un-expired term for Steve Heil, following his untimely death.
Outgoing Board Members

We express our gratitude for the many hours spent serving Fox Valley Lutheran Homes by our outgoing board members, Pastor Brian Bankert, Sandy LeMoine, Don Monson and the late Steve Heil. A special thank you to Sue Heil (wife of Steve) for supporting our ministry through Steve as he worked diligently on our Building and Property Committee.

2020 Spring Appeal

Thank you to the supporters who responded to our spring appeal campaign with your generous gift. There is still time for you to make your donation to support our ministry. Click here if you would like to read more about our appeal and our planned expenditures.
Currently Accepting Applications
for New Tenants

We anticipate a vacancy of a 2 bedroom apartment in July. 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).
We are Thankful for Your Support

We recently received generous gifts from tenants, their families and congregations to replenish our kitchen and office supplies. We welcome both large and small contributions of kitchen supplies (paper towels, napkins, paper plates, decaffeinated coffee, etc) and office supplies (8.5 X 11" printer paper, card stock, file folders, pens, pencils, printer ink, etc.) Please click here to email our Executive Director, Lynn Ann Clausing Rusch if you have any questions regarding our needs or have supplies that you would like to donate to our ministry. Thank you for your continued support.
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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.