The theme of the 2013 Concordia Lutheran Ministries calendar is "Faithful Caring Our Way of Life," and each month offers a picture of a resident/patient with one of our dedicated caregivers. We thought it would be fun to tell the stories behind the models, in a series we're calling Concordia Calendar Portraits.
Concordia of Cranberry is featured for the month of June. Enjoy!
With spring being a tough act to follow, God created June and a caregiver and resident who share a love of baking and a relationship that feels like family.
Anna Klemanski has lived at Concordia of Cranberry for two years, since moving here from Kennedy Township to be closer to her daughter, Marcia. Of all the positive things she could think of, she says she likes the friends she has made at Concordia best.
One friend she has gotten to know particularly well over the last year is Samantha Strauss, a Nurse Aide who was recruited to the Cranberry Personal Care facility by a friend -- and prior, wasn't sure if she would even enjoy working in this field. After her training, Samantha reports, "I couldn't see myself doing anything else."
In fact, her goal now is to become a physician's assistant and she plans to return to nursing school this Fall. For now she says she is satisfied knowing that she enriches the lives of residents like Anna.
Samantha and her five year old daughter live in Ambridge.