Grow and Flourish

Grow and Flourish

Helping others has always been important to Rollie Peterson. Although he once struggled with finding his true calling, he knew it would be people-focused. Getting his start in social work, Rollie eventually became intrigued with the retirement age demographic.

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A Life of Caring for Others

A Life of Caring for Others

Nurses have an undeniable sense of compassion for others.

That genuine empathy extends far past the years of bedside care and wound healing for board member, RaeAnne Frey Marner, who after a 30 year career of nursing and health care professions, is continuing her concern for others on the campus of Friendship Haven.

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Friends By Chance, Neighbors By Choice

Friends By Chance, Neighbors By Choice

Growing up in the small town of Moorland, just west of Fort Dodge, there were few kids, and even fewer girls in town, so it was no surprise Diane Ferrin and Mary Moore would become the best of friends at an early age. Through the hands of fate, the changes life brings, and a gap of nearly 40 years, the two ladies have rekindled their very special bond that was started in Moorland those years ago. Friendship Haven has uniquely played as a backdrop to each of their lives in some fashion or another, and now it has made them neighbors once again.

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Visionary Leadership at Work in Friendship Haven

Visionary Leadership at Work in Friendship Haven

When Phil Gunderson was called upon to fill the role as Board Chair the decision came easy. With almost 20 years of Friendship Haven Board experience spanning over three decades, Phil was the natural fit. Although this new role wasn’t what Phil had planned when coming back to the Board, he is honored and thrilled all the same. “I feel I have an obligation to Julie, the Board and the residents to be the best possible advocate I can be for Friendship Haven. I will serve to the best of my ability and embrace this journey.”

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A Tradition Continued

A Tradition Continued

Mike and Phyllis Michaelson Happily Display Their Snow Village for the Holiday Season

This past Christmas season was extra special for Mike and Phyllis Michaelson. Not only were they able to share their holiday village with all who passed by the Celebration Center, but they were able to continue on their yearly tradition of unpacking the boxes and arranging the village together. This year also marks the first time the Michaelson’s could display their village all in one room!

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