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Over 135 volunteers contribute over 7,000 hours of service to MHCO

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) celebrate National Volunteers Week (April 6-12) early as volunteers and staff gathered at Ebenezer Mennonite Church on March 31. 

Over 135 volunteers serving Mennonite Memorial Home, Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Willow Ridge and Hilty Home enjoyed a meal, fellowship and entertainment.

This annual event is an opportunity to say “thank you” to the hundreds of volunteers who provide exceptional service to the elders living at all four MHCO communities. In 2013, over 350 volunteers contributed over 7,000 hours of service.

Easter egg hunt April 12 at Mennonite Memorial Home

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) and Jerry Lewis’ McDonald’s will host their annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. sharp, Saturday, April 12, at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. 

The Easter egg hunt will take place come rain or shine. There is no rain date.  Children ages 8 and under are invited to come, hunt for hidden eggs, register for prizes, gift baskets and have their parents take their pictures with the Easter Bunny. 

Doughnuts are donated by Community Markets and hot beverages will be provided by MHCO. 

Jason Cox named Executive Director of Hilty Home, Pandora

Jason Cox of Bluffton is the new Executive Director of Hilty Home, Pandora, according to Laura Voth, CEO of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio.

Cox has been serving as Executive Director of Oak Grove Healthcare Center, Deshler, for the past three years and has experience working with other long-term care facilities. 

Good manners: The noise you don't make when eating soup

Note: Earlier this week The Icon announced the winners of Maple Crest's soup cook-off of March 6. This post includes photos not shown in the original story. Here, you'll see each of the competitors and a summary of the event.

Click here to read the list of winners.

We encourage viewers to open the "flip book" at the bottom of this story. It shows all the competitors. Please allow a moment for the photos to appear. 

Luke's white bean and ham soup voted top soup at Maple Crest

It's official: Luke's Bar and Grill's white bean and ham soup is the winner.

Two hundred hungry Bluffton soup-eaters attended and 170 voted at Maple Crest's eight soup cookoff on Thursday. 

The winner was Luke’s Bar & Grill (Bluffton), with white bean and ham soup. 

For the first time ever, there was a tie for second place by Henry’s, of Ottawa, with cream of broccoli and Jeanne’s Kitchen (Bluffton) with butternut squash soup. 

Touches from the Heart of Glandorf took third place with white corn chowder.  

Next Maple Crest Sunday buffet on March 16

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, 700 Maple Court, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is March 16, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.
The menu includes:
• Corned beef and cabbage with carrots and potatoes
• Herbed pork roast
• Sweet potato casserole
• Sauteed fresh squash and zucchini
• Dinner rolls
• Cherry pie
• Coffee and iced tea.
The buffet is in the Patio Room at Maple Crest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to all adults 55 and older at a cost of $7.50 per person.

Maple Crest’s assisted living ranks in the top 25 in Ohio for resident satisfaction

Ohio nursing home and assisted living residents are generally satisfied with the care they receive, according to the results of the 2013 Long-term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey, released by the Ohio Department of Aging. 

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, part of Mennonite Communities of Ohio (MHCO) in Bluffton, scored a 97.6 (out of a possible 100), which ranked it in the top 25 in the State of Ohio out of 598 assisted living facilities that participated. 

Come and get it! The soup's on at Maple Crest's soup cook-off March 6

After a one-month weather delay the soup is back in the kitchen.

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Ct., off Augsburger Road, Bluffton, will host a soup cook-off from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6. It as originally set for Feb. 6, but was delayed due to bad weather.

Something every day at Maple Crest in March

Maple Crest Senior Living residents are busy in March. At least one activity will take place daily. To view the Maple Crest activity calendar open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Ribbon cut on MHCO Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), Bluffton, celebrated the end of a 10-month renovation project at the Mennonite Memorial Home campus’s main building with a ribbon cutting and open house on Feb. 23.


Nearly 100 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center that the $1 million project provided.  The new Transition to Home program will focus on patients with short-term rehabilitative needs.