Through its latest acquisition of High Island Creek Residence in Arlington, The Lutheran Home Association is expanding its disability housing options, the association announced on Jan. 2.

High Island Creek, a 13-bed intermediate care facility for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will be an extension of The Lutheran Home’s Hope Residence, a disability housing community in Belle Plaine, according to a TLHA release.

“It is a privilege to add High Island Creek Residence to our portfolio of care communities,” Christopher Meyer, CEO at TLHA said per the release. “We have streamlined efficiencies to provide quality care to our residences and extending our services to High Island Creek Residence will allow us controlled growth.”

The Arlington community provides 24-hour care, training and activities for its residents. Day training is offered by the neighboring Sibley County Developmental Achievement Center.

“We are excited to add these team members and residents to our ministry,” Debra Wilbright, Regional Director of Disability Services for TLHA said per the release. “The opportunities available to both team members and residents are a positive change that will enhance their daily life.”

The association stated that there will not be any disruptions of services or job responsibilities for team members as TLHA anticipates a “seamless transition of this acquisition to its existing operations,” the release states.

“Hope Residence has a strong reputation in the industry and so being able to offer more amenities to our residents is complementary to our existing site,” Sue Bienfang, Housing Director at High Island Creek Residence, said per the release. “I look forward to working with The Lutheran Home Association and Hope Residence to continue to serve the special needs population. Our team members are dedicated to High Island Creek Residence and have served as a team for many years together.”

The acquisitions will increase TLHA’s owned and operated care communities to 459 beds at nine sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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