BILLINGS – A major senior care organization in the Billings community announced on Tuesday plans to build a brand new $10.5 million housing complex for seniors on the West End.
In addition, St. John’s Lutheran Ministries will now be known as St. John’s United, a change that leaders said will help to better encompass their mission of providing care to those in all stages of life. The new name comes along with a new motto: “So Much Life to Live.”
The organization has already raised $9 million for the project with the help of $8 million from federal low-income tax credits.
President and CEO David Trost said St. John’s hopes this change will help the community to recognize all of the services offered, from end-of-life care to child care.
“We provide services throughout the arc of life that most people don’t know about,” said Trost. “People don’t know that we do parent/birth counseling and adoption services. People don’t know that we have one of the largest child care centers in Yellowstone County right here in the middle of older people. It’s so much fun to watch those children engage with the elders that live here. And so it’s that entire arc of life that we are trying to communicate with the community.”
St. John’s manages locations – both for senior care and other services – in nine different areas of the state, and employs about 700 people.
Reporting by Samantha Sullivan for MTN News