Mount Pleasant, Iowa: October 8, 2018 – Iowa Wesleyan University is the recipient of a $1 million dollar gift from Linda Juckette, owner of Pleasant Manor in Mount Pleasant.
Juckette, who took over operations of Pleasant Manor from her husband Tom, worked with Mount Pleasant city officials to impact the community. Juckette determined that it was time to build a facility that could serve the aging needs of residents in Southeast Iowa. She then donated Pleasant Manor to Iowa Wesleyan at a critical time of student growth at the university creating a new residence hall for students.
“I prayed over Pleasant Manor for two weeks trying to determine next steps for the building,” said Linda Juckette. “I was seeking an organization with Christian values that could make an impact long term and Iowa Wesleyan was that organization. The building used to serve the elderly and now it will serve the young. What a wonderful way to bless a community.”
The Tom and Linda Juckette Hall was dedicated on Friday, October 5th with a ribbon cutting by Mount Pleasant Chamber Alliance to a standing room only crowd.
“This gift is significant to the life of the university in multiple ways,” said Dr. Steve Titus, President of Iowa Wesleyan. “It provides housing for our overflow of students as we continue our fourth straight year of growth in student retention and enrollment. It is also significant in that it is the first $1 million gift to the university in a decade. At a time where higher education is fragile, this gift and those like it, continue to provide the life blood needed to continue our mission for the region and the impact we have in economic impact. We are grateful to Linda Juckette for her philanthropy and love of community and honored by her gift.”
The Mount Pleasant community will continue to be served by the Juckette family with the opening of their new facility Savannah Heights and will also continue to partner with Iowa Wesleyan in allowing students hands on experience with their professional staff and patients.
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