Established as a 501c.3 not-for-profit entity, Oak Hills Memorial Foundation was originally Highland Manor Memorial Foundation, having its origins affiliated with the former Highland Manor Nursing Home. With the construction of Oak Hills Living Center on 8th North Street in New Ulm replacing Highland Manor on North Highland Avenue, name changes took place with both entities.
After the foundation went dormant for several years, a group of community leaders researched and then took action to resurrect its viability. Its name change became official May 24, 2001. Re-organization brought about a format that would enable continued support of the efforts of the new Oak Hills Living Center. Initially its efforts went toward assisting in establishing a “culture change,” that would transition from its being an “institutional” environment to one of “neighborhood” homes. The foundation’s early fundraisers dedicated proceeds to procuring electric beds. Since then, its fundraisers have helped with outfitting the therapy area, establishing user-friendly shower/bath facilities, geriatric beds, providing a market study to assist the operating board of Oak Hills Living Center in making strategic decisions in the best interests of the community they serve, purchase of a handicap-accessible van, lift chairs, a ceiling lift and more. The foundation is able to provide such grants through fund-raisers that today consist of an annual bowling classic, the annual Foundation Frolics, and ask campaigns. It also conducts an annual membership appeal, the proceeds assisting the foundation board in carrying out its work.
Today the foundation’s mission continues to be that of supporting the mission of Oak Hills Living Center as it expands its diversified service offerings to the elderly and the vulnerable, both residents and clients, making it, indeed, the community’s home!