MORA Update 5.18.2020

Hi all,

Another jam packed email loaded with good info. Please read, print, pass along and refer back to it when you have questions….

New news

Outdoor visitors now allowed to ICF Homes
The Minnesota Department of Health has updated guidance for outdoor visitors to long-term care and nursing facilities, and this includes our ICF homes: Victoria Cottages, Mackenthun and Jan View. This is hopeful news for our clients and their loved ones. We have sent a separate email to guardians who are impacted.

Recreation changes at Victoria next week…

Due to the exciting opening of the new gym remodel and in preparation for Discover Summer Camp, Recreation schedules and activities will change over the next few weeks. Be on the lookout for updates from Stephanie/Nate. CONTACT: Nathan McKenzie, or Stephanie Kohl,

Stay tuned… It’s beautiful.   You’re going to cry. (or at least I will be…)
Next Thursday, June 25, our remodeled Victoria gym will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30am and special scheduled “ice cream” tours for Residential groups throughout the day. Per social distancing we cannot issue an open invitation to the ribbon cutting but will feature coverage on Facebook Live. Thank you, Heart of America!   Watch our social media over the next week for teasers and updates!

Did you know…

Tomorrow, Friday, June 19 is Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.  I like what writer and teacher Marcus Buckingham says,

“This is one of the most important days for us not only to observe, but actually to stop and ask ourselves, what can I do?  Imagine if everyone in America thought deliberately about the actions they could take and then made commitments against those actions? We’d see and feel real change.

This is by no means easy to do. Some actions can feel ineffectual. Some can feel like tokenism, a mere ‘show’ of support. The most effective actions for you, whether large or small, will always be those that flow from your own natural strengths.  Any action that is strengths-based will be not only authentic, but also consistent – it will last.

We each can quietly but deliberately find our way to be of service.”   This can be something different for each of us: donating, volunteering, listening, having that hard conversation, reading to learn more, advocating… For me, right now, it means supporting Black-owned businesses. And…one of my favorites is B’beri Desserts – owned by a sister of one of our very own MORA staff! Their food is divine AND they deliver!



Last chance! Free overnight getaway, Thursday, June 25:
Enjoy 150 acres of serenity and breakfast delivered to your room generously donated by the Mount Olivet Church Retreat Center
CONTACT: Alexis Seiler,

Client Art Contest from Appreciation & Recognition Committee

Create and submit artwork (paintings or drawings) from all MORA clients — Case Management, Residential, MCCP, ADS, and In-Home. Submitted artwork will be displayed around the 3 offices (Bloomington, Chanhassen, and Victoria) for everyone to enjoy.  The winning artwork will be added to Mount Olivet Rolling Acres drinkware and other items.  DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Drop-off artwork with client name/program at Victoria.  CONTACT: Katie Mika,

Staff and Client Support

Hennepin County Helpline:  612-348-3000  8 am to 8 pm, 7 days per week,
Multiple languages.
Support for people impacted by COVID-19 and recent looting and destruction who need help with housing, clothing, financial assistance, grocery and household supplies, medical care and equipment or medication.

FOOD pick-ups:

Affordable computer resource for clients in need:
Remote and virtual client meetings are here to stay. PCs for People, is a national nonprofit with a St. Paul hub that refurbishes technology to sell at affordable prices.

Guided Meditation for MORA staff and clients, Thursdays at 4pm  Listen to reduce stress and increase feelings of calm and happiness with Training Specialist, Jessica Strayer


Do you like the recordings?
Zoom Check-ins/
Please join Mondays and Wednesdays
at 10am. 
Important MORA updates and shared stories from different departments, different voices…

Generous Giving

MORA Resource Drive:
Collecting basic need donations at Victoria and Chanhassen Offices and Mount Olivet Church West will help us drive and deliver donations.

Items needed: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Toothpaste, Feminine Hygiene Products (pads, not tampons), Ethnic Hair and Skin products, Baby Formula (all brands, powdered), Baby Wipes, Diapers (all sizes but especially 4/5T and pull ups), Laundry Detergent, Bottled Water, Hand Sanitizer, Bars and Snacks such as granola Bars, crackers, nuts, etc., Kids food – applesauce, mac/cheese, graham crackers, etc., Pet Supplies (dog food, cat food, cat litter)

Whew ….thanks for making it to the end of this email!


Take care!