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Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, Health Support, Home Health Care

Mission: Dedicated to preserving the dignity of individuals with memory loss by providing compassionate, loving care in a familiar home setting.

Direct beneficiaries per year: by providing housing and loving care to over 35 individuals living with memory loss

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My Mother was a resident at the Rakhma Peace Home for 3 1/2 years. After several attempts to find a place for Mom, we truly found her HOME at Rakhma. Rakhma is fully dedicated to caring for those with dementia with great love, compassion, and dignity. Everyone from the Executive Director to each staff member, to each caregiver, to the wonderful volunteers, has a heart to serve. Mom was loved and cared for with great compassion and understanding. It was such a comfort to me to know that while I couldn't always be with my Mom, she was in the best of hands at Rakhma. The small, residential housing was perfect for my Mom. She loved being a part of the family...meals around the table, singing and listening to music in the living room, craft projects, and wonderful outings (especially the trips to the Art Institute). The care my family and I received after my Moms death was also exceptional. Even 14 months after Mom'ss passing, I still consider myself a part of the Rakhma Family? I would highly recommend Rakhma Homes to anyone seeking care for a loved one with dementia!

1 Jean55

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Rakhma Homes for 20 plus years. Staff are caring and for the most part consistent. There's not a huge staff turnover. The smaller size of the houses allows for much better specialized and immediate care than a large facility. The residents seem happy, clean and well fed. They do many special events, activities and outings. There is nearly always something going on, and someone visiting. Family members are included in activities, and often keep coming back for special events even after loved ones have passed on. It truly is a "family" welcoming program both for residents and their family and friends. Rakhma homes are an excellent alternative to traditional Nursing Homes and care facilities.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grandmother lives in the Rakhma Joy Home in St. Paul. My family and I are so grateful she is able to live in such a caring and love-filled home. The staff are welcoming to family and friends when we visit and they show genuine respect and care for the individuals living there. Rakhma is a beautiful place to live, each resident has their own comfortable and cozy bedroom. The yard is large and well-kept with gardens, seating areas and a nice front patio where we like to share snacks and have coffee with my grandma. My grandma enjoys walking around the yard looking at the flowers, as she was a gardener her whole life. Rakhma provides numerous events and gatherings for family and friends to come spend time with their loved one. During the warm months this year Rakhma hosted several barbecues that were always fun and filled with laughter and good home cooked food. The residents are frequently taking day trips to museums, going on river boat rides and having guest musicians and other visitors.

Before my grandma lived at Rakhma she was living in a medical nursing home with much more of a bleak hospital-feel. The staff did not understand how to work with those with Alzheimer's and it was hard to know she was staying in a place that was inadequate. On the other end of the spectrum, Rakhma is an incredibly special place for those with Alzheimer's and their family. I feel relieved to know that my grandma is surrounded by people who love her. It's clear when you enter the home that the staff build genuine relationships with the residents and nothing could be better than knowing my grandma is safe and cared for immensely where she lives. The staff at Rakhma have a thorough understanding of Alzheimer's and dementia and how to work with those who have the disease. The staff makes a true effort to know my grandma and what her life was all about. Rakhma is a wonderful caregiving home and I feel lucky that my grandma is able to live there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother moved into Rakhma Peace house when her Alzheimer's symptoms made it unsafe for her to live alone. The staff went out of its way to give us an accurate understanding of what her day to day would be like, how her special needs would be met, and how we could best prepare for this transition as a family. Inevitably in the three years she was a resident there were challenges when staffing would change and when her health declined. In all cases I found our questions and concerns to be readily addressed, and the staff went well out of their way to make my mom comfortable, happy, and busy. We especially appreciated the special outings and in-house events that kept the residents' days from becoming too routine. We were always welcome in the house, which added to our own peace of mind. My mother spent her last years as happy as her illness allowed. I strongly recommend Rakhma to those who are looking for care for their family members with memory disorders.

1 Russ4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization was a God send for my mom, we were ready to use a conventional care facility and then found Rakhma. This is the best situation we could have hoped for, excellent staff and the "at home" living made this transition smooth for all involved. They really do what they say they will, just the best situation for those with memory issues!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grandmother lives at this residence due to her advanced case of dementia and the people here are always very kind, helpful and welcoming. They put on many events for the residents and the families which are always fun, and on top of that, they take the residents on outings very often. It feels good knowing that my grandmother has such great care like this and that I am always welcome there to give her a visit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Rakhma for a mission trip a past summer. And it was amazing. The ability of the workers to care and take in people so compassionately is amazing.

Donor

Rating: 5

Rakhma provides compassionate care to patients and their extended families. Each patient is treated with dignity and love, true to their mission. We would not want our loved one anywhere else.

Becky63

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The best loving care an adult in need could receive! Would not want my mother in law any where else and believe me we have tried other homes. None come close to the personal care she has at Rakhma !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They took all the stress out of finding a loving comfortable home for our mother who was blind and had Alzheimer's . They immediately took a real interest in her needs and preference . The care and love they show for each residence is outstanding . She has been with them for 7 years and we never have to worry about the care and attention she is recieving! What a load off for family. I know Rakhma must make God Smile!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This a warm and welcoming home. We enjoy our visits with the residents. The staff here is a great group of kind and compassionate people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Rakhma Peace home once a week and have been doing so for about 2 months. I love the staff at the home and the women are wonderful! Everyone is so great and comforting and caring for all the women who live there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rakhma was a wonderful place to volunteer. I saw firsthand the wonderful staff at work, making the lives of these women as comfortable and enriched as possible. If you are searching for the right fit for your aging family member, this place is a blessing!

If I still lived in Minnesota, I would definitely still be volunteering here. Such a wonderful experience all around!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mom had to leave her home and have 24 hour care. She had lived alone for 30 years. She loved being with people but by 90 was unable to get around and became solitary. We were lucky enough to find the home like setting at Rakhma Peace and mom now has activities and has friends in the residents, wonderful care staff and uniquely talented volunteers. The administration staff even found a Czech speaking volunteer to come in to speak with my mom in her native language. The loving atmosphere of Rakhma Peace Home is the best for my mother and I thank them every day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My brother and i were looking for an intimate, homelike, friendly setting for our mother. We searched many facilities and feel so fortunate to have our beloved mother with Rakhma. Mom was an exceptional cook and made soup and bread every Saturday. At Rahkma she continues to enjoy homemade meals and treats, and when she wants jello they make it for her. Mom was a gardener and lover of flowers, at Rakhma there is a raised garden bed and flower border around the house. We wanted to personalize mom's room and they supported us. The weekly outings to museums, other cultural settings and boat trips in the summer, make the stay at Rahkma enriching. Mom grew up speaking Czech and the administration searched out enthusiastic volunteers to come weekly to talk to her in her native tongue. Mom speaks more Czech now that in the last thirty years. The staff is loving and happy and this atmosphere permiates the house. The nurse is accessible and friendly as are the house managers. The director always addresses my concerns quickly and is sympathetic and knowledgeable on the progression of dimentia and alzheimers. We highly recommend Rakhma Peace Home. Mary M.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother-n-law was lucky enough to get into this wonderful setting. The homes are everything they portray in their mission statement and in the beautifully written book about Rakhma. We are truly blessed as a family to have the emotional support from Rakhma along with the excellent care they provide for her. They treat each patient with the dignity they deserve and every family is like a member of their care team.

1 Teresa46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I like volunteering at Rakhma Home. The Nurses and Staff are all friendly and helpful. I enjoy hanging out and entertaining all the ladies at the Peace Home...I have been around Alzheimer's most of my life...my Great Grandmother and my Grandmother both had Alzheimer's and now my Grandfather has been diagnosed with Dementia. I believe this is one of the worst diseases that Elderly get. It is very scary for those that are losing their memory and very hard on the rest of the family. The most we can do for the patients is to make them feel loved and at home everyday!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Rakhma for just over a year. Everyone I have met, from Board to employee to volunteer is completely resident focused. Each house has a warm, inviting, caring atmosphere. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The classic homey atmosphere of Rakhma sets it apart from any other care home in the city of Minneapolis. Since my volunteer day start in March, I've enjoyed the staff and residents. Looking for many more years to come spending time at Rakhma.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so glad I was able to find Rakhma. My mother has Alzheimers as well as being blind. Her living at Rakhma is a perfect fit. Wonderfully caring staff and volunteers are here. She is safe. All her wishes and needs are met. The entire Rakhma team is outstanding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past June I had the chance to volunteer at one of the Rakhma Houses when I was on a mission trip. It was a lot of fun. The workers gave us clues on what to do if we needed help and all of the residents were so happy. They would cheer us up and always bring a smile to our faces. It was the best time I had in a long time. The week with them was amazing. I would love to go back and volunteer there again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother has alzheimers and we were so worried she would live when her needs went beyond our ability to care for her. She is as spunky now as she was before the alzheimers, which made her a great escape artist and someone in need of constant social interaction. She had to leave one facility for these reasons and our family spent a lot of time searching for a place that she would be safe and not feel like she was institutionalized. We were so fortunate that a caring social worker heard of a space being open in one of the Rakhma homes and our mother now gets to life in a family-like situation - in a house, with people who care about her, and she gets to go out in the yard in the summer and garden. Rakhma house organizes field trips, which she enjoys wholeheartedly no matter if its at a museum or boating. Her life is still meaningful and she gets the interactions she craves. Rakhma house is as supportive and caring for the families as well as the people who live there. They helped us adjust to this new situation and keep us informed and engaged in the care of our mother. I can't say enough about them. I am so grateful that they have brought a culture of loving support to people who need so much.