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COVID-19: How you can lend a hand to help Saint Therese

Letters of various size lay unopened on a table.

As many of you have seen via social media, Saint Therese is focused on guest and resident well-being — ensuring they thrive in a holistically healthy environment. That means each person’s physical, spiritual and emotional wellness is a priority.

Since restricting visitors and adhering to social distancing guidelines in an effort to protect our communities against COVID-19, we have been simply overwhelmed by your heartfelt requests to help our residents, guests and employees. Here are a few things you can do to lend a hand:

Send a love note to Saint Therese residents.

Little girl stands in living room holding large, yellow manila envelope addressed to Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake, Attention: Activities Team to boost residents' well-being.
Ruthy J. poses with her package for Oxbow Lake’s residents!

If you’d like to share a little love with the residents, send a love note! We welcome your words of encouragement, letters, trivia, word games, riddles, jokes or anything else you’d like to pass along.

You can send a note directly to with an attached JPEG, Word doc or PDF. Or, you may also send a letter via USPS to any of our communities, C/O: Activities.

Send us your unused face masks.

Just like other health care providers, Saint Therese is impacted by the nation’s shortage in medical supplies. Whereas we’re practicing strict conservation methods, our caregivers welcome and appreciate any unused supplies you may be interested in sharing with us.

 • N95 masks (3M 1860; 1860S; 1870PLUS preferred)
 • Procedural Masks

PLEASE NOTE: factory-made masks can only be used by our employees if donated in original packaging.

Please kindly contact any of our communities to secure a drop-off time with our Executive Director. You may also mail items to any address listed here.

Get crafty: make homemade masks for our caregivers.

Cloth health care masks can be effective in protecting caregivers from COVID-19 if made with a non-woven filter. Thank you, North Memorial Health, for this great video tutorial:

Jennifer Tessmer-Tuck, MD of North Memorial Health Hospital shows us how to make a cloth health care mask with filter pocket to protect employees & residents from COVID-19.

Please kindly contact any of our communities to secure a drop-off time with our Executive Director. You may also mail items to any address listed here.

Drop-off unused thermometers.

To protect our communities from the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented daily temperature checks for our employees. So we may continue to adhere to this policy, all Saint Therese locations are in-need of non-invasive thermometers:

 • Temporal thermometers
 • Infrared thermometers

Share our job postings with anyone seeking employment.

Our hearts are with those families who have been impacted by a lay-off or displacement due to COVID-19. Saint Therese has both clinical and non-clinical job opportunities where our welcoming teams are ready to support a candidate’s immediate start.

 • Housekeepers
 • Home Health Aides (HHA)
 • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA/NAR)
 • RNs & LPNs
 • Dining services: Servers, Aides & Cooks
 • Business Office personnel
 • Recreation Assistants

Contact our human resources team if you need any assistance or accomodations. (And, by the way, we’re Equal Opportunity Employer.)

Fulfill our Activities teams’ wish lists.

Saint Therese’s activities teams are creatively working to keep residents engaged, entertained and in good spirits! A few items have been requested on behalf of our residents:

BINGO game balls in a BINGO ball spinner sits on a table in a room of seniors playing BINGO before COVID-19 required implementation of social distancing and visit restriction.
Activities teams host BINGO now
while maintaining safe social distancing.

 • Beanie Babies
 • BINGO prizes
 • Individually wrapped candy
 • Large-print crosswords
 • Large-print word finds
 • Large-print Sudoku
 • Magazines
 • Adult coloring books (Skill: easy)
 • Easter baskets & filling
 • Single-person craft kits
 • Pens
 • Markers, crayons & colored pencils
 • Stationary & postage stamps
 • Bright, fun stickers
 • Quilting squares, fabric & fabric glue (Oxbow Lake)
 • Sewing kits, needles & thread (Oxbow Lake)

Activities’ items may be brought to any Saint Therese community and dropped off at our front entrance. Please label your donation as being for Saint Therese Activities. We would appreciate if you also included your name and address so we may properly thank you for your support.

Take a moment to pray.

As we all adjust to a new lifestyle for the time being, consider saying a prayer for those who have suffered loss, those going above and beyond to safeguard others’ health and for those whose spirits need a little extra strength.

Remember, we’re in this together.

You provide the encouragement and inspiration to continue making every day extraordinary at Saint Therese. We cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your day to spread a little love to our residents, guests and employees. Your efforts help Saint Therese stay focused on resident well-being. We consider ourselves lucky to have such amazing people making up the Saint Therese family. God bless you all and be well!