Significant lift system boost at Mont St. Joseph

Tyler Clarke
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On her bad days, Lynne Reichenberg has difficulty getting out of bed on her own.


Thankfully, her room at Mont St. Joseph Home has been equipped with a ceiling track lift, which gets her in and out of bed with relative ease.

“It’s a big help,” she said, adding that it’s allowed her the personal freedoms she’s come to expect.

Recognizing that there are many other residents who would benefit from the lift system, Kinsmen Telemiracle has pledged $200,000 toward the purchase of 44 more ceiling track lifts, bringing the facility’s total to 76.

“To see what our fundraising does ... it really means a lot,” local Telemiracle chair Charles Reid said during a cheque presentation ceremony on Thursday.

Although the presentation as made official on Thursday, Mont St. Joseph Foundation director Jennifer White said that a less formal celebration took place earlier, when they first caught wind of the $200,000 grant.

“It was a big party here,” she said. “Words really can’t express what this donation has done for our home and our staff and our residents, and we really are truly grateful.”

The “Let’s Lift Together Campaign” began about three years ago, when the foundation decided to purchase ceiling track lifts for 100 of the facility’s 120 residential units.

To see what our fundraising does ... it really means a lot. Telemiracle chair Charles Reid

Noting that there are “many capital needs in this home,” White said that after much deliberating, ceiling track lifts proved their greatest need.

“It wasn’t just our residents, it was also our staff,” she said. “The injuries that we were incurring each year were substantial.”

The Mont St. Joseph Foundation still needs to purchase 24 more ceiling track lifts to reach their goal of 100 -- a purchase that at $5,500 per unit would cost about $132,000.

On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 the foundation will host their 15th Annual Monty FunSpiel at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club.

Over the past three years, the curling bonspiel has raised enough money to purchase eight ceiling track lifts as a result of contributions made by sponsors and participants.

Prince Albert and area 4-H clubs donated an additional $20,000 toward the ceiling track lift effort.

For more information on donations or to enter a team in the bonspiel, White can be contacted at 922-4663. 

Organizations: Joseph Foundation, Prince Albert

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  • Jennifer White
    January 09, 2014 - 21:42

    Tyler, Thank you for such an incredible article... Your support of our Home and abilty to remember things that I have forgotten to mention is INCREDIBLE! We truly appreciate the time & effort you put in to your reporting. Jenn & MSJ HOME