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Celebrating Juneteenth



Celebrating Juneteenth: From all of us at PHS

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States, marking the day on June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved people learned of their freedom, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This day reflects the universal dreams of freedom and community. We acknowledge and recognize the resilience, contributions and achievements of African Americans to our nation’s history and to Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS). We are grateful for the cultural diversity among our employees.

While there are many stories that highlight the incredible impact of diversity in our workforce, today I want to share the story of Aloysius Che. Al serves at our Lake Minnetonka Shores community in Spring Lake Park, Minn.
Al arrived from Africa to the United States nearly 25 years ago as a part of the PHS Befriender Program. This program enabled 27 individuals to emigrate from Cameroon and receive specialized training to combine spiritual care and personal care to residents.

Respect for the elderly

Al exemplifies his Cameroonian values of hospitality, unity, cooperation, faith and respect for elders. He teaches our staff these valuable lessons not only in his words but by demonstrating them daily in his work. What a gift!

Not just serving, but growing …

It is not just Al’s giving that sets him apart, but his desire to grow professionally as well. Al sought to expand his reach in our ministry, so he attended nursing school and became a licensed practical nurse in 2016.

Al has made an incredible impact at Lake Minnetonka Shores. Residents and family members have requested him by name for many years to provide care, guidance, and support, specifically noting his gentleness and sincerity in doing so. He is viewed as a cooperative and helpful coworker, friend, leader and promoter of our mission at PHS.

Thank you, PHS employees, for creating an environment where we rise to our best selves to bring our best to residents and co-workers every day!

by Becky Rauen, Presbyterian Homes & Services senior vice president and chief human resources officer

Becky Rauen headshot.

Becky Rauen joined Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) in September 2023. She brings more than 25 years of experience in leading human resources in complex health care environments. She also previously served as president of the board of directors for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration. Becky says, “One of the main reasons I chose PHS is because of the organization’s focus on Christian culture and the centrality of the employee experience to the mission of PHS.”

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