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One of Our Favorite Times of the Year


Everyone has their favorite time of year.  Whether it’s the nostalgia of another moment in life, or a new opportunity to spend time with loved ones, there’s always a reason favorite seasons tug at the heart strings.  In almost everyone’s favorite choice, the underlying theme of family and friends is the reason time together is so special. It’s certainly one of the reasons Moosehaven residents look forward to visits from Mooseheart Boys and Girls over the summer months, as one of their favorite times of the year.

Each summer, the campus comes alive with visitors from Mooseheart.  Residents are eager to celebrate their time together, and have a full schedule of socials, events and sporting competition for their guests to enjoy. Recently, the Mooseheart boys visited the Moosehaven campus and were greeted with an ice cream social and dance.  The floor was filled with laughter and excitement as young and old alike showcased their moves in celebration.

As you passed by each table lined with new and familiar faces, stories reminiscing of time spent in the Fraternity, and in support of the Child City, resonated throughout the night. For every reason given as to why a resident joined the Moose, was an equally impressive reason why they supported Mooseheart. It was an insightful discussion among the participants, with a great appreciation for the benefits of continued Moose membership. In retrospect, it was profound to realize Moosehaven residents represented countless prayers of intercession, and years of support for the children of Mooseheart. The night was truly a family reunion.

The following days were filled with visits to neighboring Lodges and Chapters, and special time together on campus.  From beach parties to cook-outs, residents took delight in hosting the boys and forging new friendships. It was an experience for all, with memories and moments encouraging our guests to come back for another visit, and to continue the goodwill of the Fraternity as an adult.

The Moosehaven campus is now gearing up for our next visit, when the Mooseheart girls come to celebrate Independence Day in the upcoming weeks.  Again, it’s a time of excitement and celebration; and is one of our most favorite times of the year.

The Moosehaven Family


“Listen to my story about a man named Jed, the poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed.”  If you watched TV in the 60’s and 70’s, you know how catchy this song can be. However, within the first few bars, you soon realized the premise of the story and had a true feel for the Clampett family dynamics.

Just like the Beverly Hillbillies, our residents have created their own song about life at Moosehaven, and the invaluable services provided.  Within the first few notes, their song of salvation and gratitude quickly paint the picture of their own personal “why” Moosehaven is now their home.  No matter the story line to follow, the underlying message within each song conveys the family dynamics of our community.

Sit back and listen to the gentle melody written by Moosehaven residents from both admissions programs.  Hear the common theme among the stories told by first-hand accounts from our family members.

Jack joined the Moose in 1954.  Without a thought for the future, Jack enjoyed his time with the Fraternity raising money for buildings here at Moosehaven and traveling the world.  Little did Jack know at the time, his service in the Moose would one day gain him the best experience of his life.  Years later, he now enjoys his retirement in one of the best communities in all his travels. With friendly faces to welcome him home, Jack sings the praises of a helpful staff and beautiful campus.

A fairly new resident, Shirley, joined the Moose in 1985. Learning about the features of Moosehaven, Shirley knew instantly when touring, Moosehaven would become her home. Eager to surround herself with friends of likeminded interest, Shirley feels blessed to be part of the Moosehaven family.

After losing his wife, and part of himself, Jim lived near Moosehaven, but was sinking away in his home.  Overwhelmed with the thought of downsizing and the loneliness he felt, Jim learned about the New Life Program at Moosehaven and had a ray of hope.  The staff readily assisted him in the transition and with a song of gratitude; Jim quickly notes how Moosehaven saved his life. Changing his tune shunning the world, to thriving once again, Jim now has pep in his step and a new song in his heart.

Not wanting to burden their children with the future task of downsizing, many of our Brandon Place residents have moved home to Moosehaven as soon as eligible.  Eliminating the fear of the unknown with preparation, life is now a dance of a whole new beat.  With the amenities and social activities offered on campus, life becomes carefree, without want or worry.

Become part of the Moosehaven story, and write your next verse in life.  Learn more about one of the greatest benefits of your Moose membership.  Visit our admission page at, for information regarding our Moose Life Program for Moose members of 15 years, and our New Life Program.

Don’t miss an episode of life at Moosehaven, like us today on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest events and news.  You’ll soon hum a tune that resonates with your own lifestyle. Allow the uplifting melody to summon you home; where family and friends await you, to celebrate a harmonious life together and surround you in love.

Who Do You Think You Are?


Have you ever watched that show Who Do You Think You Are? If you aren’t familiar with this, it is a show where a celebrity gets help in tracking down their ancestry through records like old censuses, marriage, birth and death records.

This past weekend, despite everything else I had on my to-do list, I decided to get on Since I am not a celebrity and this is real life, I had to do my own research. Within an hour of doing this, I was absolutely riveted and maybe more than a little obsessed. It felt like being inside a compelling mystery novel, except it was real and these were MY people and I could see their actual handwriting and feel their presence. I spent almost an entire day and night glued to the computer. I found where other relatives I have never even met posted pictures of great and great-great grandparents.

I even found copies of draft cards from worldwar I and II. I especially wanted to get as much detailed information as I possibly could about where my families came from in Ireland in hopes to visit those places where my ancestors lived and died and maybe even meet some distant relatives that still live there. Still, I learned a couple important things about myself. One: finding credible leads from the mid 1800’s in another country can be very confusing and time consuming. Two: after all the discoveries I made, I came to remember the most important thing of all, while it can feel beautiful and healing to walk the same land where many of my ancestors come from, at the end of the day, we have to be careful about over identifying with any particular group that separates us, making us take on an us vs. them mentality. After all, do we honestly believe one race, class, or gender or creed is better than another? Do we really think God sees us differently?

It can be fun to find belonging in a particular group, but I think it’s important that we place more of an emphasis on how much we are all the same and that we are all equal. I think the most important thing we can strive to be above all else is LOVE. So when I am in Ireland for 10 days this month, I MIGHT try to find time away from my tour group to visit a gravesite or two, but generally I plan to bask in some much need vacation time in a beautiful country and just practice being as close to divine love as I can. It’s a good goal to have no matter who we think we are.

Jennifer Bothast, COTA Moosehaven/Rehab Director