Good Samaritan Society celebrates 90th anniversary

Published 9:26 am Friday, September 28, 2012

The Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea is joining Good Samaritan Society locations across the nation in celebrating the 90th anniversary of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.

The Good Samaritan Society, founded by the Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger, was incorporated on Sept. 29, 1922, and opened its first home, a six-room rented house, on March 1, 1923, in Arthur, N.D. Over the years, the society has grown from serving a handful of residents to being the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services.

“The Rev. August Hoeger championed new concepts of care and administration that have since been established in long-term care centers nationwide,” said local Administrator Katie Davis. “This legacy of growth and innovation has continued to characterize the work we do at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea.”

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The Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea is part of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates more than 240 long-term care centers and retirement living centers across the country and has been part of the Albert Lea community since 1953. The Good Samaritan Society’s mission is to share God’s love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that “In Christ’s Love, Everyone Is Someone.”