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Although 2020 was a challenging year with a global pandemic, nationwide protests over racial injustice, and a contentious presidential election, I am
grateful that here at Resthaven our differences have not divided us. In a year of abundant and quick change, it caused continued conversation and discussion that has helped us grow as a community in remarkable ways in the midst of extreme difficulty.

Just as we are discussing differing views about politics and vaccines and masks and viruses, so too do we often discuss differing views on how best to live out our mission and care for our residents. It’s important work. We learn more together.

We are more empathic when we listen for understanding and voice our thoughts respectfully to one another. In spite of the difficult year, we were able
to finish out 2020 strong. Our clinical outcomes were good and our survey results were wonderful. We had a faithful response to our fundraising efforts this year, which helps provide benevolent services for those who can’t afford care. We are so grateful that we have this community support to help fund care for seniors. As a non-profit organization, we rely on these donations and it’s amazing how the community has stepped in to help care for our elders in the midst of an uncertain year.

Thank you for continuing along this journey with Resthaven. I am thankful we are able to learn and grow from each other, and I am so glad to have the opportunity to serve at Resthaven.

Sincerely,

Deedre Vriesman