J.A. Wedum Foundation

The Wedum Family

Shorewood Senior Campus is owned by the J.A. Wedum Foundation. The Foundation was incorporated in the late 1950's by the Wedum family of Alexandria, Minnesota. Its inital assets were the remains of the estate of Mr. J.A. Wedum who had been the first of three brothers and a daughter that emigrated from a farm near Lillehammer, Norway in the late 1880's. Mr. Wedum started, owned and operated a number of hardware and lumber businesses in the west central Minnesota area. Mr. Wedum assisted two of his brothers and several other relatives from the Lillehammer area settle in America and become established in like businesses all the way to Montana.

It wasn't until after J.A. Wedum passed away, that his assets were truly known. Throughout his life, he provided dozens of loans to rural farmers on a simple hand shake. These appreciative farmers diligently made payments on their loans long after J.A. Wedum's death. It was these payments that were used to start the J.A. Wedum Foundation.

John Wedum, J.A. Wedum's grandson, soon became the driving force behind the Foundation. John followed in his grandfather's footsteps and became a very successful business man and long time supporter of charitable causes. John married Mary Beth, and as a team they continued to drive the Foundation forward with hard work and the fire in their hearts to make a difference. It is from their efforts and dedication that the Foundation has continued to grow into what it is today.

The Foundation is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has a long history of dedicating substaintial portions of its resources and energy to charitable causes allowable under its broad chapter. Support for the education of youth has always been a high priority as evidenced by their support in establishing over 120 Dollars for Scholars Chapters in the Upper Midwest. Quality, affordable housing for seniors and students remains a stronghold for the Foundation with properties in Minnesota and Texas. Recently, the Foundation has supported the construction of a residential hospice building in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota the expansion of the YMCA in Alexandria, Minnesota and construction of Cascade Lake Park in Rochester.  This park will be adjacent to Shorewood Senior Campus and will provide residents, their families and staff the ability to recreate right in their own backyard.


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