Fairhaven Senior Services

Richard and Johann Ellerbrake Continue Advocacy for CHHSM through Financial Gift

By Barb Powell | July 10, 2024

The Rev. Richard Ellerbrake, long-time health and human services activist and advocate, and his wife, Johann, whose career has included serving as a physical therapist and in youth ministries, have provided a $3,000 Schwab Charitable grant to the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM). Dick Ellerbrake, president emeritus of Deaconess Health System…

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Fairhaven Senior Services Heralds Return of the Monarchs

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2024

For residents and staff at Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater, Wis., the annual migration of Monarch butterflies, with their bright orange and black markings, from Mexico to the United States and Canada is a welcome sight. Once a plentiful sight during the summer months, the Monarchs’ numbers have dwindled in recent years due to the…

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Updated ‘Passport To Travel’ Program Provides Affordable Travel for Residents of Participating CHHSM Older Adult Communities

By Barb Powell | May 13, 2024

The United States is filled with many awe-inspiring sites, from such human-made wonders as the St. Louis Arch and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Arizona, to the natural beauty found in all 50 U.S. states. For residents of 16 CHHSM member older adult communities, the opportunity to visit these various locales has an added…

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For Fairhaven Senior Services, it’s a Community-Wide Job to Stay Safe During the Pandemic

By Barb Powell | June 8, 2020

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and for the staff and residents of UCC-related Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater, Wis., life during the pandemic fits the bill. During the week of May 18, Fairhaven provided COVID-19 testing for all of its 420 residents and staff members. This included Fairhaven’s Prairie Village 55+ community as well…

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CHHSM Member Organizations Find Creative Ways to Serve During Coronavirus Outbreak

By Barb Powell | April 13, 2020

From phone calls, online chats and social media postings to Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video gatherings, CHHSM members are adapting to almost daily changes in health care requirements while serving their residents and clients. “The world changes overnight,” says Chris Cox, president and CEO of Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill. “Plans…

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Innovative Project GREY Helps University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Students Learn from their UCC-related Fairhaven Senior Services Elders

By Barb Powell | July 30, 2019

This past spring, images started appearing across the Whitewater campus of the University of Wisconsin. But these weren’t the normal fare of athletic events and other student pursuits. Instead, they were large posters featuring older adults from the local community, including some former university professors. The posters are the first part of Project GREY (Geriatric…

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UCC Minister and Fairhaven Senior Services Supporter the Rev. Donald Ellerman Dies at 68

By CHHSM Staff | July 13, 2019

The Rev. Donald Edgar Ellerman, UCC minister and resident of UCC-related Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater, Wis., died July 9. He was 68. A graduate of Quincy High School, Ellerman enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1969 and was honorably discharged in 1973. While stationed in Italy, he met his wife, Gladys E. (Leason)…

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Marilyn G. Olm, Wife of Fairhaven Senior Services Founding Director, Dies at 93

By Barb Powell | October 12, 2018

Marilyn G. Olm, 93, wife of Fairhaven Senior Services Founding Director the Rev. Carroll Olm, died Wednesday (Oct. 9) at the age of 93. The Whitewater, Wis., resident was born May 19, 1925, in Menno, S.D., to Frederick and Mabel (Christopherson) Rittershaus. In 1947, she graduated from Lakeland College with a B.A. in Music and…

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Gardens Help Create Community, Home at UCC’s Fairhaven Senior Services

By Barb Powell | October 10, 2018

New residents in senior communities often can feel a sense of losing the personal touches in their previous homes. Residents of Fairhaven Senior Services in Whitewater, Wis., helped solve part of this dilemma by bringing their gardens with them. “The Gardens at Fairhaven go back to its beginning in the early 1960s,” says Paul Kuenning,…

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