Chaplain Streed Honored
We are very excited to announce that Chaplain Stephen Streed, of Eventide Senior Living Communities in Moorhead, was recently honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the District C Caregiver of the Year Award.
The District Caregiver of the Year Award honors individuals in older adult services who demonstrate exceptional commitment to older adults, and enhance and enrich the quality of life of those in their care. Stephen was one of six caregivers selected for the regional award out of a field of 50,000 professional caregivers throughout the state.
“Chaplain Streed’s influence is not impacted by the walls of our Eventide campus or by our organization at all,” says Mark Bertilrud, executive director at Eventide on Eighth. “His approach is so very personal and so geared at serving others, wherever and whenever their need may be. He serves resident, family, visitor, guest, team member and stranger with equal devotion. Simply, the world is a better place because he is here.”
Chaplain Streed accepted the award at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute, the state’s largest and most comprehensive aging services conference. Nearly 4,000 professionals in all aspects of older adult services attend the annual three-day event to learn about new and innovative programs, share best practices and network with their peers.
Chaplain Streed is an important presence at Eventide. He serves with grace, charisma and dedication. He’s a pleasant man, who always wears a bright, unique tie and a welcoming smile. Chaplain Streed has impacted many of Eventide’s residents and served as a resource, comfort and guide to many of their families.
An Eventide team member of over 14 years said: “He has a gift that goes beyond hearing, he listens with his heart. Beyond the interactions we have at work, Chaplain Streed has been there for me in so many personal ways. Recently, Chaplain Streed was a major part of me being able to say goodbye to my wife of 41 years. He was there through the struggles and was there at the very end.”
A family member of a resident said: “For my mother-in-law, she loved his ties, and that was just one of the many conversations they had throughout the years. She wanted to see what tie he was wearing and he wanted to know what book she was reading. My mother-in-law told me a few years back that when she died she wanted her funeral to be at Eventide and Chaplain Streed to perform the service. When I asked if she was sure as she had always wanted to have it held in Enderlin, where she spent most of her adult life, her response was, ‘I want it here with Chaplain Streed, this is my home, these are my friends, the people that know me, and Chaplain Streed not only knows who I am, but cares for not only me, but so many others … Plus, he makes me laugh.’”
These stories are just a glimpse of how Chaplain Streed has touched the lives of others –there are so many stories and so many lives he’s been involved in and we at Eventide Senior Living are so fortunate to have him on our team.