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Heritage Ministries begins new initiative

Lisa Haglund, Heritage Ministries president and CEO, has begun a new initiative “Feeding the Hearts of Heroes.”

“The work our employees do each day is heroic, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have worked tirelessly,” Haglund said. “During this difficult, and often stressful time, they and their families have sacrificed so that our residents can continue to receive the same compassionate care Heritage has always been known for. We recognize that, and it is important to us that we both celebrate and care for our employees, and share the same love with them that they share with their residents daily. To our employees – we see you, we thank you, and we love you.”

She shared that Heritage will focus on taking care of all employees through a mind, body, and soul approach, with the campaign they have aptly named “Feeding the Hearts of Heroes,” which is a part of its #HeritageStrong movement.

“#HeritageStrong is all about the members of our entire Heritage family nationwide,” she said. “We support and care for each other — Heritage is home, for all of us, and we keep that theme in everything we do. Family cares for family.”

She went on to state that Heritage employees in Chautauqua County, along with all Heritage employees nationwide, are now receiving a free weekly meal for them to take home and share with their families. Each week, employees choose from meal choices, and then pick up the family meal.

“We know how hard it is to work a long shift, and then go home and prepare a meal. We wanted our employees to be able to enjoy family time by providing them with a prepared dinner so that they could spend more time with their loved ones and not have to worry about the stress, or preparation, of a meal.”

Heritage has also recently begun several new employee programs designed to both recognize and assist employees during difficult times, including a new increased hazard pay structure, meals and snacks provided at each community for staff, and weekly employee recognition drawings with prizes.

“Nothing we can do will ever thank our teams enough. But along with our Heritage Board, we come together in love and appreciation for our heroes. We ask families in our communities to come alongside of us in thanking our teams, who are caring for the generation that raised us,” Haglund said.

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