Letter From the President - A Place Called Home

Dear Friends,

By the time you read this, summer will be gone and fall will have arrived. While many of us here at Good Shepherd had our share of leisurely days vacationing, the work of serving our patients and residents didn’t take any time off.

Fun, though, was never in short supply, and the recreational therapy staff at our long-term care resident homes delivered. In Allentown, there was the annual Rakerstock music event and a very clever whodunnit by the Raker Drama Group. In Bethlehem, residents were treated to Sheppapalooza, a daylong music extravaganza, and the All-American Picnic, both summertime favorites. You’ll find photos of the play and the picnic in this issue. The smiles show how we care not just for the body but for the spirit too.

One of the cornerstones in the Good Shepherd mission statement is a pledge to inspire hope. Our 159 residents who call Good Shepherd home have some pretty special hopes and dreams. Sean Timmons is one of those residents. Sean came to live at the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem after lying bed-bound for six years in a nursing home following an accident. Since coming here, Sean’s quality of life has exceeded his dreams and that of his family’s. Sean has our exceptional staff in Bethlehem to thank for that.

Pat Kleintop, a resident of the Raker Center in Allentown, had a dream too. Pat longed to take a trip back to Maine, where she spent many happy family vacations. That dream came true when a staff member and volunteer drove Pat to Portland, Maine, for a brief visit. Sadly, Pat passed away shortly after returning, but the extraordinary effort made to fulfill her final wish was a gift to her caregivers as well.

It is said that home is where the heart is. At Good Shepherd, the place our residents call home is the heart of who we are and what we do best: live our mission every day. And we do it with your help.

Thank you.

John Kristel, MBA, MPT, FACHE

President and CEO