A Story of Love, Service and Community
“I had no fear because she was able to benefit from the Caring Fund. Her care remained exceptional, and so she was able to maintain her pleasant spirit even up to her passing in November 2020. If anyone is considering giving to the Caring Fund, I would thank them and express appreciation for their commitment and involvement to help those who have run out of resources.” — Nathan Hege
Nathan and Arlene Hege were “two peas in a pod.” Together, they served as missionaries in Ethiopia helping translate Christian books into Amharic and teaching in the local schools. Raising four children, they also served others throughout their careers. Nathan was a Pastor and Bishop in the Mennonite church, and Arlene was a Sunday school teacher. Together, they remained committed even after losing two sons in separate accidents and enduring life’s joys and trials.
“I called Arlene the Theologian of our family. She was the first female in our congregation to go to college and graduate as a Bible Major. She had mission plans in her sights early. God called us to Ethiopia, and we served there for over 20 years. All her life, she remained firm in her beliefs and had a strong faith,” Nathan shared.
Returning home, they both continued to serve in the Mennonite church with Willow Street Mennonite Church as their home base. Along with serving in the church, they enjoyed bicycling trips both locally and farther away. They read many of the same books and enjoyed reviewing them together.
After retiring, they decided to move to Landis Homes and became involved in the community. Unfortunately, Arlene started having difficulties with her memory. “She began forgetting how to do things that she used to do every day… write a check, play the piano, word games she enjoyed. It was hard, but we managed to live in Harvest View for two years that way. Eventually, Arlene had to move to a secured memory loss unit on campus. After several years, she ended up running out of finances.”
Nathan began the process of qualifying Arlene for assistance. While not easy to do, he remained confident because he knew Arlene was getting the loving care she needed.
One way you can assist a resident who needs financial assistance is through the Fill the Gap portion of the annual benefit auction. Started in 2011, Fill the Gap has grown from providing 31 days of care to providing 640 days of care in 2020. Even though the Fellowship Day 2021 auction is online, the need for gifts to Fill the Gap remains as crucial as ever.
This year, a $195 average gap per day exists between what Medicaid covers and what eligible residents can afford to pay. Your gift to Fill the Gap ensures continued quality care, relieves financial stress, and gives the resident’s loved ones peace of mind. You can donate securely online at LandisFellowshipDay.org, send a check payable to Landis Homes with Fill the Gap in the memo line, or contact Advancement at (717) 509-5490 or firstname.lastname@example.org