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Good Shepherd honors its volunteers

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network honored its volunteers at a recognition dinner to celebrate National Volunteer Month. The organization has 531 volunteers who gave more than 25,000 hours to the organization in 2015.

Good Shepherd’s volunteers perform a range of duties, from assisting Good Shepherd’s long-term care residents with activities, such as trips in the community, to visiting patients in the Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Conrad W. Raker Volunteer Award was presented to Ann Kichline of Emmaus. Kichline began volunteering at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital gift shop in 2011 and served as one of the organization’s first Ambassadors, providing hospital patients with companionship and attending to their personal needs.

Kickline is known at Good Shepherd for making special holiday visits to the patients, dressing in costumes and delivering hand-made crafts. On Thanksgiving, she dressed as a holiday table complete with place settings and a turkey on her head.

“We are blessed that Ann chose Good Shepherd,” said Joann Frey, volunteer coordinator. “She is courteous, reliable and her bright smile and sense of humor delight all who fall into her orbit.”

Good Shepherd presented the Conrad W. Raker Organization of the Year Award to Kohl’s Department Store. Staff from Kohl’s Department Stores in the Lehigh Valley have been volunteering at Good Shepherd for two years. They not only lend their painting and gardening skills, but they also spend time with residents in the Raker Center Long-Term Care Home.

Individuals or organizations interested in volunteering at Good Shepherd should contact the Volunteer Department at 610-776-3125.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, is a nationally-recognized rehabilitation leader, offering a continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. More than 60,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more.

Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services in eight eastern Pennsylvania counties. Good Shepherd operates 22 outpatient sites, four inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, two long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility and a lifestyle products online store called Rehability.

Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine, began operations in July 2008 and provides post-acute care in the Philadelphia region.

Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Information: GoodShepherdRehab.org