Aging Services Provider Ecumen Honored as One of Minnesota’s Best Places to Work

Third straight bestowment for Ecumen, named as one of the state’s top ten large companies by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Shoreview, MN, September 06, 2007 --( – Aging services provider Ecumen, Minnesota’s largest non-profit senior housing company, has yet again received the sought after tribute of being named by its employees as one of the best places in the state to work.

The award, presented by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, was based on anonymous team member surveys. Ecumen team members all contributed to the glowing results, from areas of focus ranging from elder care, senior housing and housing development.

“More than 200 companies vied for this award, and we are again honored and thrilled to be recognized,” said Ecumen’s CEO and president Kathryn Roberts.

The survey sought ratings on several topics such as work environment, embrace of innovations and new ideas and opportunity for personal growth and development.

Specific highlights in the article included Ecumen’s employee-run Innovation Station and Ecumen’s Family Helping Family initiative, providing interest-free loans to employees facing household and family emergencies. In 2006, more than $175,000 was granted for a number of events from house fires to paying for funerals. Many employees donate to this fund through payroll deduction.

Over 4000 Ecumen team members contributed to the results of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

About Ecumen
Ecumen ( is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: “Oikos.” Ecumen works to create “home” for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members.

Eric Schubert