Joan Spindler Appreciation Day

 CEO Ron Walvoort, presents Joan with the official Board Proclamation of Joan Spindler Appreciation Day

CEO Ron Walvoort, presents Joan with the official Board Proclamation of Joan Spindler Appreciation Day

On June 26, 2018, Pine Haven Christian Communities, with the full support of the Board of Directors through an official resolution, proclaimed the day to be Joan Spindler Appreciation Day - and celebrated Joan’s retirement with her in gratitude for all she has done.

On August 4, 1974, Joan Spindler began work at Pine Haven Christian Home as a young LPN. For many of her years at Pine Haven, she has been the Medical Records Clerk. Now she is retiring, after 44 years of dedicated service - almost her entire career!

Joan is a friendly, warm, and caring individual, who lovingly has used her God-given talents to serve those under her care. Her quiet dedication in a critical, “behind the scenes” role has not gone unnoticed. The Pine Haven team is extremely grateful for Joan’s willing “YES LORD” answer to God’s call. Countless lives have been blessed as Joan has intentionally lived out being a disciple of Christian principles.

Pine Haven wishes God’s blessings on Joan in her retirement years, as she continues to serve God in new ways.

National Crayon Collection Month Celebration - August 3, 2-6PM

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National Crayon Collection Month was designed to make sure every child can be equipped with this vital supply as they start school. The initial concept was to visit places like local restaurants and other establishments that might have broken or used crayons that they would be willing to donate, and gather them as supplies for children in need.

We're expanding on that thought by partnering with Helping Kids - which supports the Sheboygan Falls School District by helping to ensure local kids in our area have all the supplies they need as they head back to school in the fall.

On August 3rd, we're holding a social event in the Community Center of our Haven Drive campus. Everyone is invited to come share refreshments and make donations to benefit Helping Kids. Both supplies and monetary donations will be accepted. (Checks should be made out to "Sheboygan Falls School District Helping Kids".)

Prior to this event, there will be boxes where you can drop off your donations at many participating local organizations - as outlined in the list below. (Please note that this post will be updated as additional organizations come on board, so check back to see if any additional locations have been added that are convenient to you!)
 

List of requested supplies:

(downloadable file available by clicking here)
Backpacks
2-pocket folders
Plastic-coated 2-pocket folders
Glue sticks
24 ct. box crayons
Plastic pencil boxes (smaller kids)
#2 pencils
Pencil pouches (older kids)
Pink erasers
Scissors (small kids blunt-pointed)
Scissors (big kids med/lg)
Kleenex
Ziplog bags (qt., gal., snack & sandwich)
7-pocket plastic accordion folders
1-subject (wide ruled) spiral notebook
Vinly resting mat (for Kindergarten)
Small activity books for indoor recess - 2nd grade
Washable markers (fine-point and large-point)
School planners (for high school kids)
Composition notebooks
Colored pencils
Highlighters
12” ruler
Basic calculator
Washable watercolor paints
Post-it notes - 3x3
8 oz. Elmer’s glue
Scotch tape
Pens (black, blue, & red)
USB flash drives
Pencil sharpener with cover
Wide-rule loose leaf paper
3 subject notebooks (wide-rule)
3-ring 1” binders
Expo dry erase markers (black, large point)
Expo dry erase markers (fine point)
4x6” ruled index cards
Hand sanitizer & disinfecting wipes
Plastic sheet protector (for older kids)
Compass & protractor (for high school kids)

List of participating organizations:

St. Paul Lutheran Church - 730 County Trunk PPP, Sheboygan Falls
St. Luke Lutheran Church - N6193 Hwy. 32, Sheboygan Falls
Word of Grace Community Church - 837 Buffalo St., Sheboygan Falls
Saron United Church of Christ - W3830 Couonty Trunk J, Sheboygan Falls
The Salvation Army - 710 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan
First Reformed Church - 527 Giddings Ave., Sheboygan Falls
Gibbsville Reformed Church - N3245 South 32, Sheboygan Falls

 

Red Cross Blood Drive - July 13

Pine Haven Christian Communities will once again partner with the American Red Cross to hold their biannual blood drive on July 13th. This event will take place from 1pm to 6pm in the Community Center at their Haven Drive campus.

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While some view Friday the 13th as being unlucky, by donating blood, you will be helping to make someone have a very lucky day: by helping to save their life. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. Donations of blood typically decrease during busy summer months, so healthy, eligible donors are urged to give now. This event provides an easily accessible and comfortable environment for people to participate.

The drive is scheduled to run from 1pm until 6pm, and while walk-ins are welcome, you can reduce waiting time if you sign up ahead of time to donate. There are three ways those interested in donating can schedule their donation appointment: 1) by visiting https://www.redcrossblood.org. Enter the Sponsor Code “Pine Haven” in the blue box in the upper right corner of the page, select the drive and sign up for a slot. 2) Call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule a time. 3) Contact Karin Oliver-Kreft at Pine Haven Christian Communities at 920-550-5227 or via email at koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

This event is the fourth blood drive at Pine Haven, and is part of Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions once a month, designed to benefit our community. 

National Adopt A Pet Event

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June is National Adopt A Cat Month. To celebrate, Pine Haven Christian Communities is partnering with the Sheboygan County Humane Society to hold an adoption event for pets (not just cats) on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at their Haven Drive campus.

The Sheboygan County Humane Society will bring cats and dogs in need of loving homes to the Community Center at the Haven Drive campus of Pine Haven. Residents will be able to visit with the pets as guests come to find the next addition to their home. “Our residents love interacting with pets,” said Pine Haven’s community outreach director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “We have therapy dogs that visit regularly, but the chance to interact with more pets – as well as help to see them get adopted was a match we just couldn’t resist. We hope many people will come out to join the fun – whether they’re ready to adopt or not.”

The event will take place in the Community Center room at the Haven Drive Campus of Pine Haven Christian Communities, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. Refreshments will be served. All are invited to come enjoy this event.

For more information, see the events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PineHavenChristian. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

Men's Chorus Brat Fry / Women's Auxiliary Craft & Bake Sale

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Pine Haven Men’s Chorus and Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary will hold their annual brat fry and summer craft/bake on May 19, 2018. This event will take place one month earlier than it has in past years, giving people a taste of summer prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

This event benefits the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities, and will take place in the residential center activity room at Pine Haven’s original, Giddings Avenue Campus – at 531 Giddings Avenue in Sheboygan Falls.

Brats, burgers, chicken patties, potato salad, baked beans, desserts, and beverages will be served from 2pm – 6pm. Take outs are available. Handmade crafts and baked goods will be available for sale. The Men’s Chorus, the Women’s Auxiliary, and all the staff at Pine Haven Christian Communities encourage everyone to come by to enjoy the food, crafts, and fellowship, while supporting your community.

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Spring Senior Wellness Open House

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Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a senior wellness open house at their Giddings Avenue campus in Sheboygan Falls from 1pm – 4pm on May 5, 2018. This event is open to the public and will provide entertainment and wellness checks for seniors who attend.

This event will start at 1pm with musical entertainment and an ice cream social. Attendees are invited to enjoy the music and sing along with residents. Choose your own topping ice cream sundaes will be served. At 2pm, there will be a brain fitness class. Participants can join in to keep their brains healthy and active. During this hour, each attendee will be invited to get their own individual wellness screening including a blood pressure check, a brain wellness assessment, and balance and gait testing. From 3-4pm, join in for a social hour. Attendees will have the option to participate in games and socialize with residents, take a tour of the campus, take a ride in Pine Haven’s taxi bike, and/or get a demonstration of the IN2L interactive system.

“Our mission is to serve Christ by meeting the needs of seniors,” said Pine Haven’s Community Outreach Director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “This event is designed to be fun for residents and attendees – and to help encourage everyone to stay healthy and active.”

This day of fun and wellness for seniors is free! Reservations are NOT required, however you may RSVP if you would like, or ask any questions about the event by contacting Karin Oliver-Kreft at 920-550-5227 or via email at koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER EVENT - MAY 3

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Pine Haven Christian Communities, Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club, and local faith organizations are coming together on Thursday May 3rd to hold a community prayer event on Thursday, May 3rd, in celebration of the National Day of Prayer.

This event will take place starting at 11 am in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. Leaders of local faith organizations will join together to lead participants in prayer and song. Lunch will also be served.

“Great things can happen when we come to God in prayer” said Pine Haven’s community outreach director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “In today’s troubled times, we need God more than ever. I’m proud to be part of an organization that can help organize an event like this for our community.”

For more information, this event is listed under events on Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/558559641189759/.

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Tabletop Games To Stimulate Your Brain

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Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Saturday, April 21st.  At this event, Lynn Potyen, owner of The GameBoard, will present on how playing board games can increase brain health and strengthen critical thinking.

This event will take place starting at 10:30 am in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. Attendees will not only learn the theory of why games help strengthen the brain, they’ll also get the opportunity to learn and play several different games – to keep their brains strong! Refreshments will be provided, and this event will last as long as necessary for attendees to learn and enjoy the variety of games Lynn Potyen will be demonstrating.

“Games aren’t just for fun,” said Potyen, “they keep us active and engaged, and help us connect with each other. My goal is to help others to grow and keep their brains healthy. And have a lot of fun while doing it!”

This event is part of Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions once a month, designed to benefit our community. Future events include the National Day of Prayer in May, an adoption event with the Humane Society in June, and a blood drive in July.

For more information, this event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1980327761996349. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

 

Rise of the Phoenix - Our DON in the News Graphic

Going through your own personal struggles can truly help build empathy for better caregiving - and that certainly has been the case with our own director of nursing, Dawn Nimtz.

Check out the attached image - a copy of the article about her own fight through cancer and the support and strength she found by joining Team Phoenix is the Milwaukee area.

We are so blessed to have Dawn on our team!

National Speech & Debate Education Day Presentation By Sheboygan Falls Students

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Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Saturday, March 3rd starting at 10:30am in celebration of National Speech & Debate Education Day.  At this event, students from Sheboygan Falls High School’s forensics team will showcase their speech skills in a variety of categories.

The showcase is open to the public, and will take place in the Community Center at Pine Haven Christian Communities’ Haven Drive campus, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. It’s a great chance to witness the talent of our students and celebrate their learning achievements.

This event is part of Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions once a month, designed to benefit our community. Future events include a demonstration on how board games help with brain fitness in April, and a celebration of the National Day of Prayer in May.

For more information, this event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2018593785028957/. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

Winter Olympics at Pine Haven

2018 is the year of the Winter Olympics, and with the planning and coordination of our Life Enrichment team, our residents are getting the opportunity to participate! 

At each campus, a week has been set aside for Olympic games. Events include things like the snowball relay, a snowball fight (with wadded up paper instead of snow, and team members with plastic snow shovels sweeping the "snow" onto the other team's court), hockey, basketball, bobsledding (with residents selecting their own "bobsled team" made of Lego people frozen into sleds made of ice, racing down a length of gutter), and more.

"It's been a lot of fun for the residents and the staff," said life enrichment manager Martina Wessels. "We love seeing everyone having such a good time, and proudly showing off their medals to others, telling them what they won them for."

Giddings Avenue campus completed their events last week - you can see the video of highlights to see all the fun.

Crime Prevention Tips For You & Your Family

Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Thursday, February 8th in celebration of Crime Prevention Week.  At this event, Sheboygan Falls Police Inspector Nicole Schmelter will present on crime prevention with tips to help you protect yourself and your family.

This event will take place from 5pm to 6pm in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus, which is located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls.

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Pine Haven’s Public Happenings are events and/or educational sessions that take place once a month and are designed to benefit our community. Future events include a public presentation from Sheboygan Falls High School’s forensics team in March, and a demonstration on how board games help with brain fitness in April

For more information, this event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/246206675919008/. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL COFFEE MONTH WITH US - AUG. 9, 10AM

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Pine Haven Christian Communities’ August community learning event will celebrate National Coffee month in an open to the public event.

This free event will be held on August 9, 2017, starting at 10:00 am in the community center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls. Speaking at the event will be Karin Oliver-Kreft, marketing director and coffee aficionado, who will explain the different types and characteristics of coffee roasts as well as the different types of coffee drinks. Attendees will be able to enjoy free samples of coffee – provided by Daydream Café.

This coffee lovers’ celebration is part of Pine Haven’s “Learning For Life” series of educational events, which are open to the public and feature a new topic each month. The goal of these lecture series is to provide information that is of interest to the general population, offering them a chance to learn more about topics that will benefit them through life. Future topics are outlined on Pine Haven’s Facebook page, so that the community can plan their attendance in advance. Refreshments will be served.

Reservations are not necessary. Event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PineHavenChristian/. Or you can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

June 21 - Longest Day Fundraiser

Between 9am and 3pm on Wednesday, June 21st, come to either the Community Center at Haven Drive or the sitting area outside the business office at Giddings. Make a donation to go toward Pine Haven's Walk Team (all donations go to the Alzheimer's Association), and you can decorate your own cupcake or cookie! 

We'll also have board games set out for people to relax and join in a game (make a donation to play). 

It's fun for a very good cause. Come join us!

Haven Drive Campus - Community Center - 220 Haven Drive, Sheboygan Falls
Giddings Avenue Campus - Business Lounge - 531 Giddings Avenue, Sheboygan Falls

Brat Fry, Craft & Bake Sale Scheduled for June 24 to Benefit Our Residents

Pine Haven Men’s Chorus and Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary have announced that they will hold their annual brat fry and summer craft/bake on June 24, 2016. This event will benefit the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities, and will take place in the residential center activity room at Pine Haven’s original campus – at 531 Giddings Avenue in Sheboygan Falls.

Brats, burgers, potato salad, baked beans, desserts, and beverages will be served from 2pm – 6pm. Take outs are available. Handmade crafts and baked goods will be available for sale. The Men’s Chorus, the Women’s Auxiliary, and all the staff at Pine Haven Christian Communities encourage everyone to come by to enjoy the food, crafts, and fellowship, while supporting your community.

Pine Haven Job Fair June 14th!

Looking for a job? Come to our job fair!

June 14, 2017, 9am-noon & 3-6pm
Pine Haven - Haven Drive Campus
220 Haven Dr., Sheboygan Falls

  • Bring your resume, apply onsite, and be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card! 

  • Meet and greet managers and staff.
  • Learn more about Pine Haven.
  • Tour our beautiful campus.

When you work at Pine Haven Christian Communities, you make a difference in people's lives every day. It's not just a job - it's a calling.

 

LFL - National Cancer Survivor's Day - 10 Days Later, 6/14-6pm

Join Pine Haven to celebrate National Cancer Survivor's Day - 10 Days Later with a Learning For Life lecture.

Learning for Life seminars are FREE events featuring a different topic each month, held at our Haven Drive campus community center, at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls.

On June 14th, at 6pm, we're celebrating National Cancer Survivor's Day. (National Cancer Survivor’s Day is June 4th.) Tim Renzelmann will speak on not just surviving cancer, but finding the joy in living.

Special presentations will be made to those attending who are actual cancer survivors.

Those who would like to take a walk around the campus can plan to come an hour early (by 5pm). We will also offer another walk after the event has concluded.

 

LFL - National Senior Health & Fitness Day, May 31st

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Wednesday, May 31st is National Senior Health & Fitness Day, and to celebrate, Pine Haven Christian Communities will be holding a Learning For Life Lecture on senior fitness.

Learning for Life seminars are FREE events featuring a different topic each month, held at our Haven Drive campus community center, at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls.

At 2pm on May 31st, Pine Haven’s Martina Wessels will lead a fitness event where attendees participate in brain fitness exercises, and receive physical fitness tips and demonstrations.