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Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea, MN, is excited to announce Jennifer Wood as new community Administrator. With a wealth of experience in multiple senior living settings, Jennifer brings a deep commitment to providing compassionate care to the seniors of the community.

ABHM Chief Operating Officer Austin Blilie states, “We are pleased to have Jennifer join ABHM and the Thorne Crest team. With her leadership we are confident Thorne Crest will continue to provide quality care, comfort, and support for all residents.” 

Jennifer commented, “I am excited about this opportunity and becoming a member of ABHM and the Thorne Crest family. I look forward to getting to know the residents, staff and strengthening our connection with the Albert Lea community.”

Please welcome Jennifer Wood and and wish her well as she begins her new role at Thorne Crest.

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Thorne Crest’s parent company American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Annette Greely as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. Annette is stepping into the role of retiring CEO, Jeff Hongslo. Annette brings more than 20 years progressive leadership to ABHM with extensive experience in home and community-based services, adult day care, senior housing, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. Annette most recently held the position of CEO at Jones Harrison Senior Living, located in Minneapolis, MN.

Annette states, “I look forward to my new role as CEO at ABHM.  Over the next several weeks I plan to visit each community and get to know the staff and residents that make each ABHM community unique.” Ms. Greely also holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Master’s degree in Gerontology.

Eden Prairie, MN based ABHM would like to thank Mr. Jeff Hongslo for his twenty years of service to the organization and recognize his steady leadership as ABHM navigated the global pandemic.

All of ABHM looks forward to Annette’s leadership and as she continues ABHM’s 93-year tradition of providing quality housing and health care services to seniors and families.

American Baptist Homes of the Midwest is a not-for-profit provider of senior living and health care since 1930.

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Thorne Crest’s annual participation in the Albert Lea/Austin “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” was highlighted in this article in the Albert Lea Tribune.  

Thorne Crest’s team the Thorne Crest Team Tangles has been at the top of the teams chart for the Albert Lea/Austin walk for a number of years. This year they reached and even surpassed their goal of $4,000 in donations!

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

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In this video, Shanna Eckberg, COO at Thorne Crest’s parent company ABHM, and Matt Reiners, Co-Founder of Eversound, (a company that creates listening technology for better engagement) discuss changes in senior living during the pandemic and those made at ABHM communities like Thorne Crest. 

Ms. Eckberg describes how ABHM adapted new methods of engaging residents and delivering services while maintaining a healthy and safe environment for residents. One key factor in the success of ABHM is the staff. Eckberg states, “The professionalism and dedication of the staff has never wavered. During these difficult times they always put our residents first and we want to recognize those efforts.”

Reiners and Eckberg also discuss the use of technology during the pandemic. Ms. Eckberg explained, “ABHM Communities encouraged residents and families to use technology and social media to stay connected. Maintaining relationships during these difficult times is vital to their wellbeing.”

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Instructions on how to view “Downsizing” Online Presentation are as follows:

1)  To access this ZOOM presentation at the scheduled time, simply click here

2)  If you require a separate audio connection to the presentation (if your computer doesn’t have adequate audio playing capabilities) or if you prefer to just listen to the presentation via the phone rather than accessing through a computer, you can call in at 219-321-0605 (you may need to enter the PIN number 562061514).

On January 15th at 2pm, Thorne Crest Senior Living Community will have downsizing expert Kimberly Alwin, owner of A Smooth Move, share insights on this critical phase of life during an online virtual presentation.

In this presentation, viewers will learn:

•How to begin the process of sorting your precious belongings
•Which items are important to keep
•Options for re-homing things you no longer need
•Space planning 101
•Pitfalls to avoid when you move

“Most of our clients have not moved in 30 years or more and need to considerably reduce their possessions in order to resettle”, says Kimberly. While the task can seem overwhelming, the team at A Smooth Move has successfully helped countless families navigate this stressful time over the past 14 years.

About A Smooth Move
Kimberly Alwin, owner of A Smooth Move is a Downsizing and Move Expert.
BBB+ Accredited, A Smooth Move has been assisting Seniors in transition throughout the Twin Cities and Southeast Minnesota since 2006. They help with downsizing, move planning, packing, transfer, unpacking, organizing and storage services. For more information call 507-280-6683 or go to

For more information, please contact Catherine at Thorne Crest at 507-373-2311 or by email at

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Thorne Crest is proud to partner with the Mayo Clinic Health System for a FREE WEBINAR titled “Health Talk: Social Isolation” on Thursday, October 15, from 11:30am to 12:30am.

Learn how seniors can maintain social distance without increasing risks of social isolation.

Join us at the time of the event by phone at 1-312-626-6799 or online via Zoom.

Here is the webinar connection information:

Webinar ID: 984 2704 3718.   Password: 722780.

No pre-registration required.

Contact Kathy Leidal at 507-377-6389 for more information.

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If you missed Gary Schindler’s historical lecture featuring “Songs from ‘Your Hit Parade’ in WWII” on Friday, Sept.25th, we are pleased to be able to offer a link to view a recording of the presentation.  Enjoy some of the major hit songs and performers from December 1941 through April 1945.  We had some technical difficulties with the music during the presentation, but are hopeful we have worked that out so our next presentation will be much clearer.  We hope you enjoy this series and are pleased to join Gary in presenting this wonderful historical information.

To listen to and view the presentation, click here.

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