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Donors David and Linda Stetson Ensure Wellness Programs for Affordable Living


When Linda Stetson was first introduced to ERS, she knew she had found something special. With a background in healthcare, including nursing homes, she recognized that “The (ERS) philosophy was so progressive compared to my earlier experiences in more ‘institutional’ settings.” 

It became more personal than before when her mother needed care, both at Marjorie P. Lee and the Cottages. Feeling so aligned with the ERS philosophy, Linda joined the ERS Board of Directors and served on several committees. 

“I became a champion of Affordable Living after touring several communities and witnessing first-hand the dramatic improvement in the quality of life experienced by the seniors benefiting from the support, safety, and security of their new homes,” explained Linda. 

“My husband David and I feel strongly that the ability to be philanthropic at any level is a blessing. Gifts of time, through volunteer work, are meaningful to those on the receiving end as well as to those who are giving. Our opportunity to financially support causes that are important to us began small. However, we’re now in the position to make more significant impacts through our gifts. We are extremely pleased to be in a position to do so.” 

Caroline Rapier and a St. Paul Village resident in the Fitness Zone.Upon learning that funding for the ERS Wellness Coordinator position would soon be depleted, Linda and David decided to direct their gift to ensure the position continues for several years into the future.

“Encouraging a healthy lifestyle in a community environment is generally not a priority in low-income housing communities. Engaging the whole person in recreational, social and wellness activities is beneficial for maintaining health and happiness for any age, and seniors are no exception. My husband and I wanted to ensure the continuation of the services of the Wellness Coordinator.” 

We are grateful to Linda and David for not only meeting the needs of our current residents but also looking ahead to making a lasting impact on the future. 

Shares Linda, “We are currently in the process of evaluating the best planned giving tools to meet our philanthropy goals. ERS will be one of the beneficiaries of a legacy gift in the future.”

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