To the editor:
The residents and staff at Locust Grove Retirement Village would like to take this time to show our appreciation for our chaplain, Pastor Gary Krabill.
Pastor Gary has recognized the importance of consistent pastoral care and the benefits it has on our residents' spiritual journey during their stay. He is an integral part of Locust Grove and one of the only SNF chaplains in Juniata County. With that said, we would like to share with the community our gratitude for Pastor Gary during this Christmas season.
Pastor Gary came to Locust Grove with 20 years of pastoral care experience. Seeking a way to be able to help people in need and provide consistent spiritual support was a goal for Pastor Gary, which he says he has been able to accomplish throughout his past four and a half years at Locust Grove.
There are many changes that come into play with any new transition in life. The transition of care from home to hospital, hospital to nursing facility, and nursing facility to home is no exception. With these changes, it is always comforting to have some source of consistency, which can simply be a familiar face.
Pastor Gary is a part of all residents' transition from beginning to end and even after. Once a resident is discharged to home, Pastor Gary (as well as other staff members) call to follow up on how the resident is doing with their transition back into the community.
Not only does Pastor Gary provide spiritual and emotional support for the residents of Locust Grove, he also provides the same support for our staff members and volunteers alike. Whether a staff member is grieving the loss of a loved one, or needing prayer for sick family members, Pastor Gary's additional time spent helping others off the clock doesn't go unnoticed.