Courage Counts
Courage Counts
Lutheran Care Center Entrance
Laraine Fellegara
Laraine Fellegara, CEO
The Lutheran Care Network

The Lutheran Care Network is excited to be providing our first annual report of which many more are expected in our future. We are deeply grateful and appreciative to all our donors, volunteers, and staff, who steadfastly served our residents during what has been the most challenging year in recent memory. Despite its challenges, 2020 was an extraordinary year for the Lutheran Care Network by any measure.  The Network and its affiliates accomplished much more than anyone thought possible at the start of 2020. We owe our success in delivering our mission-based care to the courage of all the individuals involved in the Network; and we salute you, our heroes. Our donors, volunteers, staff and leadership team were resolute in their tenacity to meet the physical, spiritual, and mental health needs of our seniors in the most trying times.  
To our donors, who recognized the enormous responsibility we were facing and gave from their heart knowing their funds would be used wisely, we thank you. You provided the funding and encouragement needed to keep us vigilant in providing for the welfare of our seniors. 
To our volunteers, who unselfishly gave their time to improve the lives of our residents, we thank you. Your hand-made masks and blankets were a bright spot for our residents.  As was the food provided by our generous local restauranteurs, who helped ensure our seniors were satisfied and well-nourished.  
To our heroic staff, who have navigated these times of adversity with the utmost grace and fortitude needed to keep our residents feeling safe, respected, and empowered, we thank you.  You were the lifeline of communication between our residents and their families, operating iPads, cell phones, and other devices to ensure our residents were able to communicate with their families face-to-face (virtually). These communications were critical to morale, generating countless smiles and guaranteeing the strong sense of community and family for which the Network is known.  
Also critical to morale and the strong sense of community and family werethe many staff ministers and volnteer clergy who devoted countless hours to providing messages of hope and happiness to uplift the spirits of our residents.  Thank you. 
Not to be overlooked, our Board and leadership team were laser-focused on our resident’s wellbeing, exploring and implementing all strategies available to ensure appropriate staffing and funding to meet the operational needs of the Network and its affiliates. 
Government stimulus funds and Small Business Administration grants provided additional funding to keep our operations running smoothly, while absorbing additional expenses required to provide personal protective equipment and COVID safety protocols for our staff and residents. 
The generosity, charitableness, perseverance, and grit of all involved has made us a stronger organization and allowed us to execute at the highest level for our residents and their families.  It has been an honor for us to do so. 
We look forward to an even brighter future as we move past this unprecedented pandemic.  Rest assured, our faith and commitment will keep us strong and ensure we exceed every expectation of our residents and their loved ones.  
In appreciation, 

Laraine Fellegara, CEO                               John Mesloh, Chair of the Board

Coburg Village, Rexford 

Independent Living Community

Before her retirement, resident Teena Behr ran an antiques business in Amsterdam, NY. She’s always liked people and being involved in her community. She said, "Throughout the COVID-19 social and safety restrictions, I’ve continued to feel safe and very much a part of a community here at Coburg Village. Although dinner had to be delivered to my apartment door, and I was unable to dine with my friends, I still enjoyed delicious food, including some of my favorite comfort meals."
"COVID didn’t prevent me from finding a way to be involved in the community.  I started recycling Coburg’s paper dinner delivery bags and redistributing them to local charities for their meal delivery programs.  After recycling more than 6,000 bags, I’ll bet I’ve saved a tree or two!"

Heartfelt Thanks for Spiritual Care at Coburg Village and all TLCN Sites

In the late 1990’s many Lutheran congregations in the greater Albany area, as well as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, worked with Wartburg Lutheran Services to meet a need for independent adult living.
Rev. Art Downing, who served as Director of Pastoral Care at Coburg Village for 20 years, commemorated this partnership of founding visionaries at Coburg’s 20th Anniversary celebration:
We look to the past and give thanks for all the blessings God has bestowed upon us. We also look to the future with hope.
Clearly, among the many amenities of life at Coburg Village is that it is understood that this is a ministry…a ministry of community, partnerships, care and healing. And, that the vision for this community is that we would be a life enhancing place. I believe, with God’s blessing, it has been that.
Rev. Arthur Downing, Director of Spiritual Care

2020 Donors to Coburg Village

Mary Aiken

Lydia Arlt
Barbara Bailey
Teena Behr
Sidney & Lois Berke
Theodore Black
Nola Briggs
Mr. & Mrs. Brodman
Jeri Cayan
Robert Clements & Ann Close
Coburg Village Country Store
Elsie Dotter
Joseph & Carole Drenchko
JoAnn Durand
Rosalie Englmyer
Teresa Fugazzi
Elizabeth Fluno
Douglas & Barbara Flynn
Barbara Goldsmith

Dave & Janet Hahn
Lawson & Priscila Harris
Betty Hawkes
Jean Hendy
John Hickman
Judith Hogue
Roger & Shirley Howard
Barbara Huff
Arnold  Jaffe
Elaine Koubek
Claudia Kuhns
Gloria Lemanski
Janine Lordi
Anita Mackin
William Marley
Dina McGibbon
Harvey & Arlene Mendelson
Richard & Lois Mendelson
Patricia Meyer
Helen Meys
Mary Jane Miles
Jay & Joyce Miller
Walter & Edith Morlock
Catherine Nulty
Frank & Marilyn Overstrom
Barbara Pentak
Barbara Perriman
Ann Popkoski
George Riebel
Harriet Rifkin
Marilyn Ruzicka
Herbert Savage
Edith Allen-Schult
Leah Scisci
Shenendoah Rotary Club
Louise Sherman
Mary Barkhuff & Don Tuttle
Sherry Walkup

Antoinette Wallace & John Vinciquerra
Dr. & Mrs. Winer

Lutheran Care Center, Poughkeepsie

Long Term Care, Rehabilitation, Adult Day Health Care and Adult Foster Family Program
The residents who call Lutheran Care Center home are so grateful for the support and donations received from numerous individuals and organizations.  One of the big challenges LCC faced during the pandemic was keeping residents and their families connected while visitation was temporarily suspended. 
These generous donations allowed us to purchase new iPads, enabling family and friends to “visit” their loved ones virtually.  The iPads did double duty by providing our Rehabilitation Team with a means to provide visual instructions for our rehab residents to continue therapy at home with family after discharge.  Additionally, our residents were able to enjoy a broader range of interesting and interactive programming on newly purchased Smart TV’s! 
In June, LCC assisted residents to line the front drive of the building to view a spectacular family and friends’ car parade.  Participants created homemade signs, banners, and anything else they could imagine to let our residents know they were loved and missed!  As the last car drove out, the residents swapped stories and enjoyed snacks to celebrate this joyous event.   The new tents in front of the building used for our “window visitors” were also the result of our generous donors.
In December, Shoebox Christmas gifts brought some welcome holiday cheer to every resident.   Our “Healthcare Heroes” were also touched by the outpouring of fruit baskets, coffee and donuts, luncheons, flowers and printed signs of encouragement for their dedication contributed by caring families and friends in the community.
Elks Lodge Check Presentation LCC Window Visit on Mother's Day

Above left - Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge No. 275 presented a $3,000 check for iPads to alleviate isolation by enabling residents to visit with family and friends virtually. Above right - A mother and daughter communicated their love with signs and a cell phone at this window visit.  Below left - a resident expresses appreciation for the care she received. Below right - Rehab Strong staff members rebuild bodies and hope.

Lutheran Care Center Helped Me Beat Covid LCC Rehabilitation Strong Staff

2020 Donors to Lutheran Care Center

Jennifer and Stephen Adams
Kurt Bastion
Patricia O. Blaschke
Patricia Brandt
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cervone in memory of Louise DiLeo
Lydia Chao
Kelly E. and George Cheng in memory of Audrey Williams
Michael Cherner in memory of Joseph Stagnitta
Eileen Clark
Carol Ann and Bob Cook in memory of Helen Cordiano
Carmen Cordiano
Claire Cordiano in memory of Helen Cordiano
Michelle Costa-Briggs
Susan Crean in honor of Dorothy Marr
Mary Anne Deik
Jeanne Drevon
Cindy Dubinski
Larraine Fellegara
Marilyn and Jim Flood in memory of Hazel Brewer
Elizabeth Friend-Ennis
Janet George
Janet Hanrahan in memory of Louise DiLeo
Kathleen Hart
Andrea Horner
Joyce Holz in memory of Rosalie Betti
Robert and Jean Hughes in memory of Helen Cordiano
Steven and Jeanne Jones
Tommy Lantz
Rev. Donald W. and Susan Lee
Diane Levitt
Diane Levitt in honor of Jacqueline Ruf
Chris and Jennie Lombardo in memory of Helen Cordiano
Kathleen Lombardo in honor of Helen Hughes
Dennis Loudenslager in memory of Joseph Stagnitta
Mary Magnelli in honor of Audrey Johansson
Angela Martin in memory of Joseph Stagnitta
Kathleen McHugh in memory of Virginia Connors
John and Paulina Mesloh
Brian Nenni in memory of Brenda Nenni 
Gregory V. Nenni
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Panarese in memory of Helen Cordiano
Donald and Maria Piampiano in memory of Barbara Walker
Norman Quiel in honor of Elizabeth Quiel
Julia Rosenblatt
Karen Rudowski
Sandy Russell in honor of Audrey Williams
Ray and Judith Siegart
Gerald and Theresa Settanni memory of Louise DiLeo
Denise G. Smith in honor of Josephine Mastrosimone
Nancy Stagnitta in memory of Joseph Stagnitta
Lauren Roginsik Strelec
Laura Underhill in honor of Roger Wiersma
Christopher Winkler in memory of Brenda Nenni 
Diane Wood-Miller
Jay Wilkinson
Local Grants
Dutchess Responds Fund of the Community Foundation of Hudson Valley
Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge No. 275
Thrivent Covid Response
Thrivent Matching Gift Opportunity
Ulster Savings Covid Response
United Way Covid Response

Volunteers Organizations
First Evangelical Lutheran, Poughkeepsie
Our Savior Lutheran Church, Fishkill
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, Poughkeepsie
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Monroe
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Pleasant Valley
Village Lutheran Church, Bronxville

Hudson Valley Senior Residence, Kingston

Assisted Living 

The Hudson Valley Senior Residence Board of Volunteers is a dedicated team of 25 volunteers that has been passionate about providing special touches for our residents for many years.  Some of their endeavors included theme-based parties and ice cream and pie socials, musical performances, outdoor barbeques, gardening activities, as well as a variety of local trips. 
While COVID put a damper on a number of these events in our Assisted Living community, our volunteers were intentional about staying connected with the residents.  They accomplished this by sending birthday cards, buying Christmas gifts and purchasing personal care items and prizes for our lucky bingo winners!  In addition, these volunteers were instrumental in ensuring our residents received some of their favorite foods, including pizzas and a spectacular luncheon provided by a local diner.  Finally, special thanks to these volunteer heroes for bringing a smile to the face of every resident with the delivery of those beautiful Easter plants!        
HVSR Easter Plant Heart and Hand Image HVSR resident


2020 Donors to Hudson Valley Senior Residence

Hope and Steve Corts
Maryline Damour at Damour Drake
Thomas J. Harkin
Thomas Koshy, MD
Jeff Lowe Plumbing
Bill and Cindy Petry
Roger Vogt
Local Grants

Bank of Greene County

Ulster County Capital Resource Corporaton

Volunteer Organizations

Church of St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Kingston

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Hurley

The Hudson Valley Senior Residence Board of Volunteers 

Community Housing 

Delmar, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, East New York, Kings Park

Martin Luther Court (MLC), our affordable housing high rise in East New York (Brooklyn), was hit with a double challenge - a gas leak in the midst of the Covid outbreak that prevented the tenants from  using their stoves to cook. Rather than forcing residents to venture out to purchase food, the amazing team at CITYMEALS delivered boxes of fresh meals, along with a variety of fruits and snacks.  MLC staff delivered these delicious meals three times each week to the 80 apartments.  The seniors loved the freshly prepared meals while remaining safe in their apartments. 
 Ramon (pictured below) was one of our extremely appreciative tenants when the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (NYC’s Get Cool program) came to their rescue with air conditioning units, allowing the seniors to combat the summer heat and stay safe at home.
Ramon, a resident at Martin Luther Court

Volunteers Serving our Community Housing Residents

The King's Apartments, Pawling
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Pawling
Pawling Resource Center 
Putnam Ridge 
The Mask Makers, Scappoose, Oregon
United Methodist Church, Pawling
    Castle Court, Poughkeepsie
    Abilities First

    Good Samaritan Senior Housing, Delmar
    The Town of Bethlehem Senior Services Department 
    Catholic Charities
    Martin Luther Court, East New York
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Brooklyn
    St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church, Brooklyn

    Martin Luther Terrace Apartments, Kings Park
    St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Parish - Rev. Francis Vattakudiyil and 
     The Friendly Visitors coordinated by Cathy Jones
    Abiding Presence Lutheran Church -  Rev. Robert Schoepflin and Marian Drost, pianist
    Cantor Bobbie Ruth Levy
    Commack High School - Glamour Gals Club and Grandfriends Club

    The Lutheran Care Network, Scarsdale

    2020 Donors to The Lutheran Care Network
    Judith and Rev. David Benke
    Mark and Jane Chopko
    Rev. Art Downing
    Laraine Fellegara
    Dave and Janet Hahn
    Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell
    The Calvin and Shirley Johnson Fund
    Chris Jones
    Steve Jones
    Varkey and Miriam Mathew
    Peter and Joni Mazer    
    John C. and Pauline J. Mesloh
    Rev. Alfred Thiagarajan
    Messiah Lutheran Church - Setauket
    Sterling National Bank
    Steven Wilson
    Thrivent Choice Dollars 
    Village Lutheran Church - Bronxville

    People Served by TLCN - 1,938

    TLCN Dedicated Staff - 435

    Volunteers Making a Difference - 151

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