The history of Knute Nelson
How It All Started
For many seniors in West Central Minnesota, the name "Knute Nelson" is synonymous with quality care provided with compassion. A few might think of the former Minnesota senator and governor of same name. But the tie between the two isn’t just in name. All of the senior living communities in West Central Minnesota, programs and services currently offered started with Senator Nelson.
He was a philanthropist and renaissance man. In his day, many older adults were cared for at home by their families. He wanted to ensure that all seniors were looked after. When he died, he left his family home and 23 acres in Alexandria, "for the construction and equipment and maintenance of a suitable 'Old People's Home.'"
Our mission, to enrich the lives of everyone we serve, grew out of his vision. It affects all of our decision making – from strategic planning, the services we offer and how we make an impact in the communities where we serve.
The Core of Who We Are
To enrich the lives of everyone we serve.
To provide innovative solutions that empower individuals to thrive.
We believe that our Christian heritage guides us in all we do.
We believe our customers are the reason for our existence and are committed to fostering customer-focused, holistic and inclusive experiences to meet their needs.
We believe our employees are our greatest asset. We are committed to fostering inclusive environments where staff belong, contribute to meaningful work and can advance their purpose. As a service organization, a friendly, well-trained, committed, caring, team of employees is the only way to provide high quality service.
We believe we are an integral part of the communities we serve and will invest time and resources to benefit the communities, which will benefit those we serve.
We believe we must be good stewards of all our resources to fulfill our mission.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Knute Nelson is committed to being welcoming and respecting all. We will continually educate and be intentional at fostering inclusive environments where all forms of diversity are seen of value to the organization. We will equip individuals to actively listen, be their authentic self and be engaged in meaningful work. This encompasses all stakeholders: Board, employees, residents/clients, corporation churches, donors, volunteers and guests.