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LTE – John McCutchin – 1-22-2014


On Tuesday, January 14th, Glenhaven suffered a setback.  This was not a tragedy, nor a disaster, but it was most certainly a misfortune.  The residents and staff were all kept safe and emergency personnel who responded to the fire were without injury.  The welfare of the people is far more important than the loss of a building.  In this sense, Glenhaven and the community were fortunate.

 I would like to commend our administrator, Dave Prissel, for the calm and thorough manner in which he handled the situation.  The tone that he set carried through to all the staff.  The number one priority of the employees was the safety and comfort of the residents.  The entire staff was dedicated to this task and the residents knew that they were in a good place.

I would also like to thank the residents of the community and surrounding communities who came to help in any way they could.  Local and extended area businesses, in addition to the Red Cross, provided nourishment and support to the crews helping to suppress the fire.

The project is not a total loss.  Even with the fire we are so much further ahead than we were three, two, or even one year ago.  Many meetings and hours of preparation were invested even before the first shovelful of dirt was moved.  Agstar and the USDA provided the loans for the project after many hours evaluating its feasibility.  They were instrumental in the decision to move forward with the new nursing home.  This work has not gone up in smoke.  I am confident that from these ashes will rise a better Glenhaven and a better community.  In the days ahead, decisions will be made and timelines will be set for the revised Glenhaven Project.

Anyone who has been through a similar misfortune knows there are always additional costs that aren’t covered by insurance.  Although Agstar and USDA have already committed to helping us through this, we also desperately need the financial help of the community.  A Glenhaven Recovery Account has been set up at Hiawatha National Bank to ensure the continued success of the Mission of Glenhaven, Inc.

Glenhaven is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which means that donations are tax deductible.  Please make a personal visit to Glenhaven, or view the website at   A half century ago the residents of this community stepped up in a big way and made the dream of Glenhaven a reality.  Now it is our turn to give this fine home a nudge into the future.

On behalf of the board of directors and the staff and residents of Glenhaven I thank you for all that you have done in the past and what I am confident you will do now.

John McCutchin
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Glenhaven, Inc.