A Commitment You Can Trust, Guided by Faith

A Faith-based Life Care Community

As a Christian, not-for-profit life care community, Good Shepherd Home serves those of all faiths with a full range of independent living options and all levels of care. We are guided by local Fostoria citizens, regional professionals and congregations of the Northern Ohio District of the Church of the Brethren. Our Board of Trustees is dedicated to Christian service and sound financial stewardship. Security, compassion, love—since 1904, we have brought a welcoming home and abundant living to seniors in our community.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission

The Good Shepherd Home, which was founded by the Church of the Brethren to minister to the needs of the community, is committed to providing an atmosphere that enhances the quality of life of our residents and focuses on their individuality. We strive for a holistic approach of caring for those in need of our services while maintaining a Christian environment in which to live and work.

Our Vision

As a leader in Christ-centered senior living, Good Shepherd Home will continue to care for residents with a commitment to service and innovation, focused on preparing for the needs of tomorrow’s seniors and their families.

Our Leadership Team

Our dedicated administrative team provides expert leadership. 

Chris Widman, Executive Director

Start Date: February 1999

Years of Professional Experience: 30 years

Why do you love working at GSH: I love working for an organization that helps others! Good Shepherd Home helps our residents maximize their potential, helps our families focus on their loved one’s needs, helps our staff cultivate meaningful relationships and helps our community show love and care for those in need.

Teresa Baumer, Poplar Ridge & Wesley Campus Apartment Manager

Start Date: August 2016

Years of Professional Experience: 20+ years

Why do you love working at GSH: As our senior population makes life-changing decisions about living arrangements, I have the pleasure of offering them a secure, affordable solution. Our diverse senior population provides enjoyment to me on a daily basis. Not one day is a repeat of the next, which brings not only excitement, but also the challenge I enjoy.

Rev. Dr. Barry A. Belknap, Chaplain

Start Date: June 2013

Years of Professional Experience: 40+ years

Why do you love working at GSH: I love working at Good Shepherd Home because I get to listen to the great stories our residents have about their experiences in life.

Melanie Birch, Communications Director

Start Date: May 2015

Years of Professional Experience: 10+ years

Why do you love working at GSH: When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work.  At Good Shepherd Home, we truly are one big family! I’m so proud to be a part of such a special place that really cares for its residents and staff alike.

David Curtis, Plant Operations Director

Start Date: March 2010

Years of Professional Experience: 40 years

Why do you love working at GSH: I love working with my hands! This job provides plenty of opportunities for me to utilize my skills! I also love being able to help people with their needs. It’s most rewarding to find solutions when challenges arise.

Wendy Foss, Home Care Director

Start Date: September 2015

Years of Professional Experience: 20 years

Why do you love working at GSH: I love to work at Good Shepherd because we have such great residents and staff members. I love to help others. Being able to help clients stay in their homes longer is priceless!

Kevin D. Gordon, Housekeeping Supervisor

Start Date:  February 2003

Years of Professional Experience: 30 years

Why do you love working at GSH: Good Shepherd Home shows love to the residents and staff. Just like a family, we have our challenges, but we figure them out. It’s really all about the love that is shared.

Linda Gutierrez, Activity Director

Start Date: March 1994

Years of Professional Experience: 30 years

Why do you love working at GSH: I love our residents and making their stay here a fun and engaging time. I love the atmosphere and great fellowship with our staff and the residents. We welcome all ages and take pride in being a safe community for those in need of a place to call home.

Hailee Hill, Human Resources

Start Date: November 2017

Years of Professional Experience: 5 years

Why do you love working at GSH: We have a very kind, caring and compassionate staff. The direct care is interactive with residents, and everyone is always willing to help. Good Shepherd Home gives back to their employees, the community and their residents.

Rachel M. Holman, Community Resources

Start Date: April 1999

Years of Professional Experience: 29 years

Why do you love working at GSH: Having a job where I can help others who cannot help themselves is so rewarding. It takes so little effort to give a pat on the back, a hello and most of all, a smile to make a resident’s or caregiver’s day.

Carol Jenot, Accounting Director

Start Date: March 1997

Years of Professional Experience: 39 years

Why do you love working at GSH: I enjoy helping families and residents and working with professional staff.

Michael Lambert, Culinary Director

Start Date: October 2018

Years of Professional Experience: 10 years

Why do you love working at GSH: The residents at Good Shepherd Home make every day exciting. I thoroughly enjoy serving everyone a comforting meal.

Teresa Lewallen, R.N., Vineyard Unit Manager

Start Date: October 2018

Years of Professional Experience: 20+ years

Why do you love working at GSH: I have been away from the long-term care setting for a while, but everyone has been patient as I get back into it. My unit has a lot of longevity and I love to hear co-workers laughing with each other as they work. It has a positive atmosphere.

Crystal Macias, Administrative Assistant

Start Date: September 1973

Years of Professional Experience: 40+ years

Why do you love working at GSH: I love interacting with and assisting our residents as well as working with the Good Shepherd Home fellow staff members. We are one big family who truly care about each other. We are a special group at Good Shepherd Home!

Molly Mack, Admissions and Marketing Director

Start Date: January 2012

Years of Professional Experience: 14 years

Why do you love working at GSH: Working at Good Shepherd Home feels like having a second family. Helping families through the admission process has been one of the most rewarding opportunities in my life.  When you work here, you truly are coming home!

Nickole Medina, R.N., Director of Assisted Living

Start Date: July 1998

Years of Professional Experience: 20+ years

Why do you love working at GSH: Good Shepherd Home is not only a job, but they are a second family to me. They take care of their employees, just as well as their residents, who also become a part of that family.

Tina Pine, Social Services Director

Start Date: July 2017

Years of Professional Experience: 38 years

Why do you love working at GSH: I am so grateful to work with a team of professionals who truly care about the health, well-being and dignity of those seniors in need of our services. Good Shepherd Home offers a work environment filled with kindness and compassion. I feel that my work makes a difference in the lives of our residents and their families.

Kim Reiter, L.P.N., Cascades Director

Start Date: August 1977

Years of Professional Experience: 40+ years

Why do you love working at GSH: I am contributing to making the lives of residents, who are living with dementia, happier and more fulfilled. I love the challenge of helping families on their journey with dementia.

Beau Walters, Administrator

Start Date: October 2012

Years of Professional Experience: 12 years

Why do you love working at GSH: I love working at Good Shepherd Home because of all the great residents and staff. Working here truly feels like you are with family all the time. I couldn’t think of any other place I would rather work.

Community Outreach

Good Shepherd Home is a vital part of the greater Fostoria community. We encourage families, friends and neighbors to become involved in the lives of residents and to feel at home here. To connect with our community and civic organizations, we:

  • Sponsor youth artwork programming 
  • Serve as a host site for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile, Life Line screening, Shepherd Center, United Way and other community programs and events 
  • Provide meeting space and meals for organizations including Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist, Altrusa and Inter-Agency clubs
  • Host National Day of Prayer services in our chapel 
  • Host a Voters’ Forum sponsored by Good Shepherd Home League of Voters 
  • Serve as a local voting precinct 
  • Participate in Relay for Life 
  • Host the Good Samaritan Dinner and Auction 
  • Sponsor an Annual Membership Dinner, open to anyone who has an interest in Good Shepherd Home and our mission
  • Distribute a bi-annual community newsletter

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