News Release: 3/19/2021
Five local senior living communities released an Open Letter to Illinois and local residents in March 2021, to reflect on the pandemic and its impact on American lives. The five independently owned and operated communities also created an informal alliance to better cope, share and support each other with all the challenges associated with the COVID-19 virus.
"Together we thank the people and organizations who have supported our communities throughout this pandemic," the leaders wrote. "We are grateful to our families, boards, donors, members, volunteers and partners at LeadingAge, as well as all branches of government, especially the Illinois Department of Public Health."
Leaders who signed the letter include: CEO Gus Noble of Caledonia Senior Living in North Riverside; CEO John Larson, Cantata Adult Life Services, Brookfield; CEO Dawn Mondschein, Central Baptist Village of Norridge; CEO Terri Bowen of King-Bruwaert House, Burr Ridge; and Jay Biere, CEO of Plymouth Place in LaGrange Park.
The five communities represent 600 years of service to Illinois. They also employ more than 1,000 people and provide care to more than 1,500 seniors and their families.
"COVID-19 may have changed the field of senior care, but it cannot and will not change the strong values upon which our communities are built," the leaders stated in the letter. "Our values are why families trust us to care for their loved ones. Caring is in our DNA. We have cared for generations of families and we remain here for you now."