One of the planned events to celebrate National Nursing Home week at the Riverview Healthcare Campus will be the dedication of five new seating benches in the portico entrance area of the facility on Wednesday, May 15, at 2:15 pm.
Last year the Riverview Auxiliary identified the need to replace these benches which had been originally donated by the Lutheran Brotherhood many years ago. In the meantime, Lutheran Brotherhood’s name has changed to Thrivent Financial. The Ottawa County Chapter #30011 of Thrivent Financial was approached for financial support. The Thrivent board under leadership of Wayne Smith, Chapter President, and Terry Hetrick, Thrivent Associate, responded that they would provide the funds for this project.
The chapter decided that a local business would be contacted to provide materials for benches which would be as maintenance free as possible. Riverview Administrator Kendra German, and Tom Leaser, Director of Environmental Services, provided planning assistance and guidelines for construction.
Gordon Lumber in Genoa was contacted for supplies and also assistance in developing a design to comply with the guidelines necessary for use at the facility. Manager Randy Schiets and Outside Sales Representative Pete Johnson drew a plan for the benches and advised on appropriate materials.
Noah Neiderhouse, Agricultural Education Instructor at Oak Harbor High School, was contacted to see if his class would consider constructing the benches as part of a class hands-on project. Noah agreed this would be a good fit as a winter project. His class did a beautiful job on the construction and delivered them to the Riverview campus.
Many entities worked together to identify a need and bring about a solution utilizing local organizations, businesses, dedicated employees and schools to complete this community project.