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History of Cedar Lake

Our History

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Our Mission: 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. 

 

Our Vision: To create an environment where people are loved, valued and at peace.

 

From Humble Beginnings


The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society was first established in Arthur, N.D., in 1922 by the Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger. Dad Hoeger, and those who began the work of the Good Samaritan Society with him, envisioned a home where residents and staff members would live together with deep compassion and optimism while sharing God’s love in word and deed. They demonstrated how God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people whose faith leads them to ask, “Lord, what would you have me do today?”


The only thing those first workers were sure of in 1922 was that they were called to do this work. All they had were a few hundred dollars, their conviction about the power of God’s love at work in the world and a passion to share that love with people in need. They believed then, as we still do today, that the teachings of Christ and the Spirit of God will guide our actions. And they have. Today, we’re the largest not-for-profit provider of senior care and services in the nation.

The Difference

What drives us each day is not people’s wants, but their needs—more specifically, their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
The argument for choosing the Good Samaritan Society is simple. It’s about an expression of love. It’s about dignity, compassion and trust that we will always provide those we serve with our very best—because we strive to emulate the life of service demonstrated by Christ. We are accountable to God and each other, and we know God’s love is present in the midst of every challenge and every celebration. And because we’ve experienced it, we seek to share that love in word and deed.