December 23

Looking Back at 2019

Looking back, 2019 was a blessed year for Graceworks Lutheran Services! Here are just a few highlights (click image below to watch video):

The very beginning of the year marked the ribbon cutting and official opening of Crescent Crossing Assisted Living at Bethany Village. We also opened our expanded fitness center. Most importantly, we welcomed more than 80 residents to their new home at Crescent Crossing.

President and CEO Bill Serr retired early in the year. The Graceworks Board of Directors promoted longtime employee Judy Budi to the role. The transition was marked with a special service at Epiphany Lutheran Church on March 3.  

In May, Graceworks was named the large business of the year by the Centerville City Council. Judy accepted the award from Brooks Compton, Mayor of Centerville during the City’s annual mayor’s breakfast. In July, Centerville officials presented our organization with a tree to commemorate the award.

Graceworks joined Soaring to Success, the first Employee Resource Network® (ERN) in southern Ohio and Kathleen Rome became our Success Coach. In her first months on the job, Kathleen has already helped many employees navigate challenging situations.

At Bethany Village, we took part in the annual Alzheimer’s Walk. Life Enrichment team members helped residents with dementia sew purple bears to sell to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research.

We appreciated our caregivers and raised up our social workers and celebrated the promotion of Holly Artkamp to Chief Nursing Officer while supporting Lauren Coyle in her quest as Administrator in Training. The Miami Valley Human Resource Association highlighted Alli Priest for her skills as a recruiter.

We said farewell to longtime employee Dave Vandercher who retired at the end of May and we welcomed Dawn Barhorst as our new Vice President of Human Resources. Our pastors Jim Bosse and Bob Swanson represented us at the Southern Ohio Synod assembly.

Graceworks at Home commemorated Valentine’s Day by celebrating the attributes of fellow co-workers, recognizing each other for being faithful, loving, helpful and caring to our clients and each other.

LeAnnea Taylor, Service Coordinator for Luther Community, won the Logan County LifeCare Spirit Award.

Lisa Ebert, Service Coordinator of Messiah Community, won the Champaign County LifeCare Sprit Award.

Housing Managers LaJeana Haley and Jane Starkey met Loretta Swit, (Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan) from M*A*S*H!

Bethany RCT Christopher Kuntz ran (and finished) the Boston Marathon!

Enhanced Living opened three new homes (Burning Tree, Duvall Place and Cross Creek Court).

Dozens of Enhanced Living employees completed a specialized 60-hour competency course and earned a bump in pay for their extra skills.

Our human resources department hired 687 new faces across all service lines during 2019 and in November, we thanked some very special Stoneburner employees. Larry Leatherman, a maintenance department employee at Bethany Village, celebrated an amazing 45 years with our organization.

Hopefully 2020 is just as busy and bright!