To walk with older adults in transition and their family caregivers to support health in spirit, mind and body.
The Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness (the Center) is a faith-based resource that builds strengths of seniors, family caregivers and programs through direct service, replication and collaboration with church and community.
Serving 480 older persons and family members in Edina, Bloomington, and the South Metro area in 2016, the Center provides friendly visitors through volunteers, health education, wellness classes, screening / prevention clinics, resource consultation, foot care, loaner adaptive equipment and other support services. Five part-time staff and over 120 volunteers come together to provide these services.
19 years ago our founders sought to create a center that would support seniors and their family caregivers through holistic services and collaborative programming. In this spirit we strive to:
- Establish or maintain seniors’ connections with their communities
- Alleviate isolation
- Maintain / improve health
- Extend independence
- Enhance quality of life
For family caregivers, we strive to:
- Alleviate caregiver burden
- Improve caregivers’ capacity to continue in their supportive roles
Our guiding principles are:
- Focus on strengths/assets as we “walk with” seniors & family caregivers
- Accentuate vitality
- Be collaborative, innovative — find creative opportunities to work with others
- Be open to all — demonstrate purposeful outreach
- Replicate and teach — share models, lessons learned, technical assistance
- Learn from others — persons, organizations, programs, models, research, practice
- See the whole person (mind/body/spirit)
- Fill gaps, do not duplicate
- Link informal and formal services
- Proactively measure impact
- Make good use of Center resources
- Make good use of partner/other organizations’ strengths
- Enhance the community (defined many ways)
The Center began as a pilot program in 1998 through a collaboration between Normandale Lutheran Church, Fairview Health Services, Lutheran Social Services and Lutheran Brotherhood.
In May, 2000, the Center was launched as a charitable nonprofit organization with its’ own corporate charter, Board of Directors, mission, and service components.
Currently, the Center has five part-time staff members and a “virtual workforce” of over 120 volunteers and has collaborated with over two dozen local and regional organizations to extend service effectiveness, outreach, and to maximize limited resources.
We see the Center as part of a movement to bring together community, health, and faith to foster engagement and promote vitality and holistic health, especially among elders and their families. Staff and leadership continue to seek collaborative and innovative opportunities in order to serve more neighbors, teach and learn from others, and stretch ourselves to improve.