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Simply Helen

Simply Helen

I’m writing my first article as Moosehaven’s 13th Executive Director, and, I must admit, I’m excited and challenged at what is on the horizon. Of course, I didn’t expect to be in the midst of a global pandemic, but here we are. Since March, we’ve dealt with new challenges presented to us on a daily basis. These challenges have consumed much of Moosehaven Leadership’s time as we respond to constant changes. Thank you to all of our leadership and staff for going the extra mile with the added...

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Bill’s Board

Bill’s Board

It was a blisteringly hot day in South Georgia. The thermometer read 97degrees, but the weatherman said it felt like 103. I don’t know how he knew that, but I think for once he was right. When it’s that hot, there is only one place to go. So I went fishing. Not get in the boat and run 90 miles an hour down a lake and stop somewhere and stand on the bow of the boat in the hot sun fishing. No my kind of hot day fishing is different. I found myself not far from the Fruit Cake Capital of the World...

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Suzie Says

Suzie Says

I am excited to begin a new journey with Moosehaven as the Director of Resident Services as Helen Taylor moves to her new role as Executive Director. I have worked at Moosehaven as the Social Services Director since 2007 and love it. I grew up in a small town, one of 5 children. I have always enjoyed helping others. I attended Southern Illinois University for my 4 year degree and earned my Masters Degree at Southwestern Seminary in Texas. I originally planned to do foreign mission work. I met...

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Moosehaven is Covid Free

Moosehaven is Covid Free

We are Positively thrilled to say we are Negative! On Saturday, June 6th, the Health Department tested all residents and staff, a total of 521 people, for Covid-19 and we are thrilled to report that all results were negative! Our staff and leadership are to be commended for their diligence in taking the necessary precautions to help keep our campus a safe environment for our residents. Moosehaven continues its effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 and we are not letting our guard down. Our...

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Just John

Just John

It’s sometimes said that the best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does. With that in mind, I will retire as Executive Director of Moosehaven on May 31. Reflecting back to those early years, there was much to do and many hard changes were required. So much has changed since then. Where once stood old, dilapidated and abandoned buildings is now Brandon Place. Dementia services previously offered in a building poorly designed for such services are now provided in...

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Simply Helen

Simply Helen

  How do you view your life? Do you think your best days are behind you, or are your best days are ahead of you? “The best is yet to come.” William Shakespeare When Executive Director, John Capes reminded me that this month’s article is his last, it got me thinking about the question I presented you with above, “How do you view your life?” At retirement, one may wonder, “Are my best days ahead?” Retirement should be an exciting time; a new chapter filled with uncharted paths. It’s not the end...

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Bill’s Board

Bill’s Board

I read a joke on the internet that went something like this: “During the COVID 19 Safer at Home order I finally had time to indulge myself in all of my favorite hobbies. Unfortunately it turned out that my hobbies are going to restaurants, going to bars and being a part of the crowd at the club.” The part about going to restaurants hits a little close to home. I never realized how many times my wife and I went out to eat in a month, that is until they closed all the restaurants and we couldn’t...

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Did I get the job?

Did I get the job?

On Friday, June 1, 2007, I received a call at my home. I heard a voice say, "Marina? This is John Capes from Moosehaven." I quickly responded, "Did I get the job?" And thus began a 13 year journey! Since that day, I've been fired more times than I can count but I just keep coming back to work as I'm sure he was always joking!! Right? Um, John? In the last 13 years, I've watched as the campus and the culture of Moosehaven changed. Moosehaven is now known in our fraternity, community, state and...

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Just John

Just John

It ain’t over till it’s over. I said this recently in answer to a resident’s question about how much longer this coronavirus epidemic will last. Later, I got to thinking about my response and recalled my boyhood baseball hero, Yogi Berra. Now, before I go any further, I grew up at a time when boys collected, traded and horded baseball trading cards. In fact, I’m somewhat surprised that I still have teeth for all the bubble gum I chewed chasing favorite player’s cards. I remember trading cards...

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