The Texas-based social services nonprofit continues to widen its focus on child welfare needs and related programs
Brenham, Texas – November 1, 2016 – Upbring, a 135-year-old social services organization (previously Lutheran Social Services of the South)—and the largest provider of foster care and adoption services in Texas—also has a long history of owning and managing senior living/retirement communities in Texas. However, as Upbring’s mission has evolved to focus increasingly on child welfare and the tremendous needs of Texas’ foster children and families, the organization has worked diligently to responsibly divest its holdings in retirement communities.
A four-time recipient of the Brenham Banner-Press Reader’s Choice Awards, Kruse Village—now celebrating twenty-five years since its opening—has become one of the most acclaimed retirement communities in all of Texas.
Yet, despite this success, a change was warranted. Because health care services have grown increasingly sophisticated and the need for facility renovations and expansions continues to grow, Upbring believes it is in the best interests of Kruse Village residents to select another organization for the long-term stability and success of Kruse’s residents and staff.
Upbring’s Board of Directors and senior staff decided to bring in an established provider, Health Dimensions Group (HDG), to help better serve the senior population at Kruse Village. On December 2, 2016, Upbring will transfer full ownership of the facilities to HDG, which has operated Kruse Village and provided day-to-day operations and management of the retirement community since December 2015.
HDG is one of the nation’s leading post-acute and senior care management and consulting firms; for more than twenty years, the company has served the needs of hospitals, health systems, and long-term care and senior living providers across the nation. HDG manages thirty health care properties in seven states and provides consulting to clients in all 50 states. HDG is committed to the core values of hospitality, stewardship, integrity, respect and humor, which combine to provide permanence and comfort to those who HDG serves.
As Upbring CEO Dr. Kurt Senske remarked, “It is important to note that there will be no change in the day-to-day management (HDG) of Kruse Village. This stems from our commitment to making a decision that is good for Kruse Village residents, employees, and the wider Brenham community. Upbring so values the work it has done in senior services over the past ninety years, but the organization is now fervently dedicated to its new mission: ‘to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.’ While we will miss serving our beloved residents at Kruse Village, we feel strongly that this is the best course of action for everyone connected to Kruse; it is a decision which reflects the changing direction of Upbring’s work in communities across Texas.”
In Upbring’s long history of providing reliable and affordable senior care in Texas—a tradition that dates back to 1926—Kruse Village has been one of the crown jewels of the organization’s senior services offering.
Brenham resident and longtime Upbring Board member Barbara “Babs” Kruse said, “Upbring remains committed to continuing its support of Kruse Village from a spiritual care perspective. Upbring also remains steadfast in its work with our community to break the cycle of child abuse. Sadly, no city or town is immune from the scourge of child abuse and neglect. Fortunately, the Brenham community is actively taking steps to give more children the life they deserve.”
Moving forward, Upbring will focus its full attention and resources on implementing its continuum of services and a framework designed specifically to drive transformative change in child abuse prevention by helping to eliminate some of the root causes of abuse and neglect.
Senske added, “The Brenham community means a great deal to Upbring. Our organization cherishes Brenham’s embrace of this wonderful retirement community and we look forward to continuing our work together to break the multigenerational cycle of child abuse.”
Upbring is a 135-year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Our mission is “To break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.” Upbring serves more than 27,500 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, please visit Upbring.org.
Angela Nazworth, Vice President, Strategic Communications, Upbring
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