The principal of LNS Consulting Services in Victoria, Minnesota, Lu Ann Sidney advises clients on the choice of materials for the manufacture of a variety of medical devices, including electron beam sterilization devices. Lu Ann Sidney gives back to her local community by volunteering at GracePointe Crossing, a nursing home in the Presbyterian Homes & Services group.
Established at the behest of a committee of the United Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Homes & Services built its first residence for senior citizens in 1955. Since then, it has expanded to include 45 communities across Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Presbyterian Homes & Services maintains a commitment to Christian values such as integrity and stewardship, and it maintains a variety of programs to help residents live a full life. Many of these programs rely on the help of volunteers.
Volunteers at the organization’s nursing homes work in program areas ranging from crafts and sewing to gardening. Within these programs, some volunteers take on tasks such as visiting with the residents one-on-one or bringing therapy pets for visits, while other volunteers help with administrative tasks and serve in the dining room.