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Ecumen Overview

Saint Paul, MN
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Ecumen is one of the nation’s top 25 largest non-profit providers of senior housing and aging services. Based in Shoreview, Minn., Ecumen operates in more than 40 communities in 8 states — Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Idaho, Ohio, Indiana and ... Read more

Mission: Creating home with you.

Company Updates

  • Our new President & CEO Shelley Kendrick discusses Ecumen's ongoing leadership & innovation.

    #Ecumen #Innovate #Serve #Honor #Empower

    To help aging America, it's time to think beyond nursing homes, says Ecumen chief

    Shelley Kendrick has spent nearly three decades working in health care and senior services. On Monday, the native of Flint, Mich., will take over as chief executive of Ecumen, a $147 million provider of senior housing and services. The Shoreview-based nonprofit serves about 15,000 people each year in independent living, assisted living and skilled-nursing locations as well as in private homes.

  • As the temperatures continued to drop in Minnesota, two of our Home Office employees stepped up and followed through with their commitment to Meals on Wheels, even in the subzero conditions, to make sure meals were delivered. Thank you Tasha and Jacque for serving the community with warm hearts on a cold day!

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Ecumen – Why Work For Us?

What We Do

Ecumen operates a variety of senior housing options and services, including cooperative senior housing, independent living, assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation care, home care and hospice. In addition to our consumer services, we provide senior housing development, clinical consulting and senior housing management services for organizations outside of Ecumen.

Our Vision for “Changing Aging”

We envision a world without Ageism. 

Ecumen is a values-based organization. Our mission, vision and values are how we go about our work each day. And we’re committed to our brand promise of “innovate, empower, honor and serve.” There’s no other way to change how our society views aging.

Our Values

Serve: We put people at the heart of what we do.

Innovate: We find new ways to exceed people's expectations.

Empower: We encourage people to dream and take action.

Honor: We treat people with dignity and respect.

Ecumen looks for employees that fit our style and standards – what we call “The Ecumen Way.” Throughout the application, interview and orientation process you’ll learn more about The Ecumen Way and how we fit as a team.

Ecumen offers employees--from direct care professionals through senior leaders---ongoing Learning & Development opportunities. Some of the courses and programs include the following:

  • Onboarding Training
    • New employees complete onboarding training throughout their entire first year. Specialized training is provided for each position and includes both skill and career development. Employees learn the company's mission, vision, and values via training and networking.
  • Leadership Training
    • All employees are offered opportunities to advance their career and personal growth throughout mentorship and leadership skill training.
  • Career Development
    • Our team strives to develop skilled employees who seek advancement in the healthcare setting. We have programs to offer additional training, scholarships, continuing education and more.

Eligibility: Employees are eligible for benefits the first of the month following 30 days of employment.  Employees have up to 30 days from their hire date to make benefit elections.  Ecumen offers benefit options for employees, their legal spouse, and their children.

The benefits outlined below apply to Ecumen-owned housing and services employees only. Our managed communities, which are owned by other entities, offer benefits that may differ from those listed below.

Medical Insurance: Medical insurance is available for employees working at least 60 hours per pay period.  The medical insurance is a high deductible health plan through BlueCross BlueShield of MN with the option to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA).  All preventive care visits and services are covered 100% when going to an in-network provider.  All other in-network services are subject to a $2,700 deductible.  After you have met your deductible your claims will be covered at 100%.

Dental Insurance: Dental insurance is available for employees working at least 40 hours per pay period and is administered by Delta Dental.  Preventive exams, cleanings and x-rays are covered at 100%.  All other services are subject to a $50 deductible and co-insurance.

Vision Insurance: Vision insurance is available for employees working at least 40 hours per pay period and is administered by VSP.  It helps pay for the cost of frames, lenses, and contacts.  The vision insurance will supplement vision benefits included in the Ecumen medical plan.

Health Savings Account: A Health Savings Account (HSA) allows employees enrolled in Ecumen’s medical insurance to make pre-tax contributions and request reimbursement for approved medical expenses.  Ecumen will also provide quarterly contributions to the employees’ HSA.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA): Employees working at least 40 hours per pay period are eligible to contribute to a Flexible Spending Account. 

The Health Care FSA allows employees to make pre-tax contributions for reimbursement of approved medical expenses. 

The Dependent Care FSA allows employees to make pre-tax contributions for reimbursement of approved dependent care expenses. 

Life Insurance/Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance: Employees working at least 60 hours per pay period receive 1.5 times their annual salary to a maximum of $500,000 in personal life insurance and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance at no cost.  Additional coverage may be purchased for employees, spouse, and children.

Retirement Plan: All regularly scheduled employees are eligible to contribute to Ecumen's 401(k) plan and receive an employer match. The first 6% of employee contribution will be matched at 100%. Employees are immediately 100% vested in both their contributions and the employer contributions. 

Paid Holidays: Ecumen observes the following holidays. Employees working 80 hours per pay period are eligible to receive Holiday Pay. 

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Good Friday/Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Floating Holiday

Personal Paid Leave (PPL): Eligible employees working at least 40 hours per pay period are eligible to accrue personal paid leave (prorated based on hours worked). PPL is paid time off that may be used for a variety of reasons including vacations, illness, and personal time. 

Caregiver & Crisis Leave: Eligible employees working at least 40 hours per pay period are eligible to accrue Caregiver & Crisis Leave, which provides employees with paid leave in order to care for a family member with a serious medical condition, to care for his/her newborn, foster or adopted child, or to have time away from work to take care of personal matters as a result of a crisis. 

Family Helping Family: Ecumen’s Family Helping Family program provides education grants and emergency loans/grants to eligible employees. Funds for this program are donated annually by Ecumen employees committed to helping colleagues in need.

Wellness: Ecumen offers free health screenings for eligible employees on an annual basis prior to Open Enrollment. Medical insurance premiums may be reduced in the following year for each specific health screening goal that is met. 

Ecumen’s roots extend to 1862 when the Lutheran Church began providing foster care in Minnesota. At the beginning of the 20th Century, we began serving seniors.

Several of our communities began in the early 20th Century, including Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato, Minn., Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, Minn., Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minn., Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City, Minn. and Ecumen Detroit Lakes in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

In 1923, this growing organization incorporated under the name The Board of Christian Service. In the early 1960s we became the Board of Social Ministry.

In 2004, we changed our name to Ecumen. The Ecumen name comes from the Greek word for “home” and underscores our mission to create home for older adults wherever they choose to live.

In our 150+ year history, Ecumen has grown to be the most innovative leader in senior housing and services, empowering individuals to live richer and fuller lives.

As a nurse, you’ll be present in people’s lives at their highest and lowest points – births, deaths and everything in between. You’ve made a wise career choice. While your peers have anxiety about finding a job, nurses are reaching retirement age at a pace never seen before and there are abundant opportunities to find your place in the field of healthcare.

If you’ve helped care for an aging parent or grandparent, or watched a family friend struggle to maintain their quality of life while aging at home alone, you understand the need for well-educated, compassionate nurses in the field of senior care. It’s critical – especially in rural Minnesota.

Overview: The Ecumen Scholars Program strengthens the capacity of student nurses in rural Minnesota and builds the future leadership of senior care. Through the Ecumen Scholars Program, students work with older adults at a variety of care levels including transitional care or rehabilitation, assisted living, dementia care and home care.

Internship Program: Under the direction of an RN preceptor, nursing student interns further their understanding of professional nursing, gaining experience and confidence working with older adults, while developing their clinical skills. Interns have the opportunity to job shadow an experienced nursing professional, who provides the support and guidance needed to grow professionally. This is an 80 hour 1:1 opportunity that offers a $1500 stipend on successful completion. Internships are provided at locations around the State of Minnesota.

Home Care Externship Program: This program offers a unique learning experience for student nurses that will develop knowledge and practice in community-based care that promotes an exceptional patient experience. Under the direction of an RN preceptor, externs will further their understanding of professional nursing, gaining experience and confidence working with older adults, while developing their clinical skills. This is a 40 hour 1:1 opportunity that offers a $1000 stipend on successful completion. Home Care externships are offered in three locations: Duluth, MN; Litchfield, MN; & Mankato, MN.

Gerontological Clinical Rotations: Nursing students participate in a gerontological nursing clinical rotation at Ecumen communities near their campuses. Students have an opportunity to work with their faculty while engaging with nurses who have chosen careers in non-acute senior care. Check with your school to find out if an Ecumen community is on your rotation schedule.



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    It's a very innovative company, employee focused with a great support from the home office.


    It's a growing company who can go through growing pains at times. But they always move forward and want to improve.

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Ecumen Photos

Ecumen photo of: Many Ecumen locations feature Memory Care suites, where our professional staff cares for residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ecumen (Shoreview, MN) in October 2018.


    Very professional structured interview process with key team members and HR. They had great communication and follow up between interviews to keep me updated on the status of the role. They offered ample time for me to ask questions and really get a good understanding of the position. Teammates interviewing were very positive.

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Ecumen Awards & Accolades

  • 10-Time Honoree Best Places to Work, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2017
  • Best Place to Work, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2014
  • Best Places to Work, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2013
  • Excellence in Dementia Care, LeadingAge, 2014
  • 40 Under 40: Dena Meyer, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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