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. 

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.

 

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.

Save A Life/Donate Blood on Jan 26 at Pine Haven’s Red Cross Blood Drive

On January 26, 2017, the Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Pine Haven Christian Communities’ Haven Drive campus, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls, from 1pm until 6pm.

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. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. 

Currently, the drive is scheduled to run from 1 pm until 6 pm, but those hours may be expanded if a large enough donor base signs up to donate. 

There are three ways those interested in donating can sign up for a time to donate: 

  1. Visit https://www.redcrossblood.org and entering in the Sponsor Code “Pine Haven” in the blue box in the upper right corner of the page, selecting the drive and signing 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 part of Pine Haven’s Learning For Life program that provides educational sessions on topics of interest to the community. During the blood drive, donors will not only donate blood that can save lives, but they will be able to learn more about the Red Cross – what it does and how it saves lives.

Learning For Life: A Common CENTS Approach to Cancer (& Other Life Challenges)!

Tim Renzelmann, 45-yr penny collector and 24-yr Cancer Survivor, offers a light-hearted but
thought-provoking penny-themed pre-CENT-ation of common CENTS lessons of body, mind
heart and spirit that will open ourselves to the magnifi-CENTS of this CENT-sational life!

This free event will be held on November 12, starting at 10:30 am in the community center at their Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls, as 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. Snacks will be served. This event is free to attend.

If you have questions, you can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org. 

Learning For Life: Cataract Awareness - June 4, 10:30am

Pine Haven Christian Communities’ June community learning event will focus on cataract awareness, featuring speaker Dr. Todd Larson from Larson Eye Care.

This event offers information that is important for everyone, as everyone eventually will develop cataracts, as a natural part of aging Dr. Larson will explain what cataracts are, when you can expect them, and what you can do about them. This free event will be held on June 4, starting at 10:30 am in the community center at their Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls, as 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. 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 on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/ 531142773759289/. Or you can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org. 

Learning For Life: National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16th, and Pine Haven will be supporting this with the first in their Learning For Life educational community seminars.

Pine Haven Christian Communities announced they will hold community learning events each month in the community center at their Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls. This series of educational events is open to the public and will feature a new topic each month. The events are free to attend, and will take place one Saturday each month, at 10:30 am.

“You’re never to old to learn – and there are a lot of subjects that are of interest to our residents and their families. We decided to create these learning events, to help bring the wider community onto our campus,” said Pine Haven’s director of marketing & community outreach, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “When people come onto our campus, they bring energy and excitement that our residents really enjoy. So, our plan is to have a wide variety of topics throughout the year, so that they’ll be of interest to as many people as possible.”

The first event will be held on April 16th, which is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Speaking at this event will be Christine Freund from the ADRC (Aging & Disability Resources Center), who will explain advance care planning, why it’s important and help guide attendees on how to get started. RSVPs are not necessary, but you can list your attendance on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/188814388162622/.
Or you can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org. To learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day, visit nhdd.org.

Dedication Ceremony / Autumn Festival Scheduled for Sept. 12

Pine Haven Christian Communities will hold a dedication ceremony for their new Haven Drive campus on September 12. This event will be combined with their annual autumn festival and brat fry to benefit the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities. The dedication ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include performances from the Pine Haven Men’s Chorus, a short prayer, and brief words from community leaders. The event will take place in the Community Center of the new Haven Drive campus, which provides a full continuum of care for seniors, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. Attendees are encouraged to tour the new community after the ceremony. There will be entertainment and informational videos in marked locations around the campus.

“God has guided Pine Haven to always serve the needs of our residents in His name,” said Ron Walvoort, CEO at Pine Haven. “We are humbled to be able to share the blessings we’ve received with the community during this dedication ceremony, acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of all we do here – and certainly the foundation upon which this new campus was built.”

Immediately after the ceremony, the annual autumn festival and brat fry held by the Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary will take place in the Community Center, running until 6 p.m. The festival will include food, entertainment, and harvest crafts. Produce, crafts, baked goods, canned items, and pies will be available for purchase – most of which are hand-crafted by members of the Women’s Auxiliary. There will also be brats, burgers, potato salad, baked beans, desserts, and beverages served from approximately 2:45 p.m. until 6 p.m. Take outs are available. All proceeds benefit the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities.

Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary and all the staff at Pine Haven Christian Communities encourage everyone to come by to enjoy the festivities, while supporting your community.

Assisted Living on Haven Drive Campus Now Open

Perfect moving weather welcomed residents as they moved into their new home at Pine Haven Christian Communities’ Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls on August 3rd.

Thirty-one residents moved into the new portion of the campus, coming from the community as well as moves from Pine Haven’s Pine Drive campus in Oostburg, their Giddings Avenue campus in Sheboygan Falls, and within the Haven Drive campus itself. Staff, family, and volunteers worked together to make the move a smooth and easy process with little disruption to the residents. Most of the moves started after breakfast and were complete in time for the residents to have lunch in their new home.

“God has led us through the building and move-in process, and His presence was clearly felt today,” said CEO Ron Walvoort. “He blessed us with beautiful weather, an efficient, relaxed relocation process, and a quick adjustment by all to their new homes. We give praise and thanks for His goodness.”

The new section of the Haven Drive campus includes 8 traditional assisted living apartments, 24 apartments for later stage memory care, and 8 apartments for those who need both memory care and high levels of physical care – the only assisted living household of its kind in Sheboygan County. Portions of the campus previously opened include: 40 apartments for supported independent living, 36 apartments for long-term skilled nursing care residents, 14 apartments for rehabilitative therapy patients, a state-of-the-art therapy gym providing both in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation services. It is a full continuum of care.

The campus also includes many community features such as a multi-purpose community center for community events, an educational center, and a Village Square with a café, general store, beauty salon, and room for people to gather and socialize. Built at-grade, so those with walkers or wheelchairs will have access to all features, Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus is set up like a neighborhood, to feel like a community anyone would want to call home.

News of the move was featured in the Sheboygan Press in their article, "Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus open in Sheboygan Falls."

Haven Drive Campus Nursing Home Opens

As reported in the Sheboygan Press, after 65 years on our Giddings Avenue campus, Pine Haven Christian Home moved the skilled nursing facility to our new Haven Drive campus. 

The decision to build the new campus came as a result of the need to renovate Pine Haven’s existing nursing home. The new campus is designed to feel more like a neighborhood of homes. 

You can read the full story on the Sheboygan Press website or on the Milwaukee BizTimes website.

Residents Move Into New Nursing Home On Haven Drive Campus

Residents Move Into New Nursing Home On Haven Drive Campus