June 2010

Jennings is one of 75 local organizations named by the Plain Dealer as a top workplace. According to today’s articles, the Top Workplaces 2010 reveals that employees are most concerned about where their employers are headed and what the future holds.

Jennings is recognized as one of the top mid-sized organizations (click here for link). In addition, Jennings is specifically featured for its family friendly environment and a fun workplace environment. Jennings takes pride in its low turnover rates and quality care, which relate to the ministry at culture at Jennings. “We have people who are very passionate about what we do,” Smudla said. “Between the culture we have, the benefits and services we have and the mission, those are all reasons that our turnover is so low.”

Jennings is featured in the following online articles:

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Happy 93rd birthday to Sister Mary Philomena, an original member of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit who sponsor Jennings Center for Older Adults in Garfield Heights. A big Cleveland Indians fan, Sister Philomena hopes to celebrate her birthday by watching the Tribe beat the Mets today.

Sister Philomena was the cook at Jennings Center for Older Adults for more than 50 years, before retiring in 1995. Since then, she continues cooking for the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. She most enjoys making chicken paprikash, stuffed cabbage and blintzes, and she is known for her creativity in designing decorative fruit baskets. She especially loves to cook for her favorite doctor, Dr. Charles LoPresti. In honor of Sister Philomena’s ministry through cooking, Jennings family member Barbara Kozel made a 2006 gift to establish The Sister Mary Philomena Dining Services Staff Appreciation Fund (click here to read more about this story).

A dedicated Cleveland Indians fan, Sister Philomena rarely misses watching the Tribe games on television and cheering for favorite player Grady Sizemore. She still enjoys her trips to the Northern Ohio Food Terminal and watching the Food Network. She also takes pride in her nickname, “Sister Trouble,” given for her innocent mischievous and playful behavior. “She takes nearly every double dare,” notes community member Sister Mary Assumpta. “One time she took the tablecloth edge of a fully set table and asked, with a glint in her eye, ‘Dare me?’ And, of course, she yanked that tablecloth right out from under the setting!”

Sister Philomena entered the community in 1935, two years before her younger sister, Sister M. Loretta. Sister Loretta was the administrator at Jennings from 1970-1990 and died in 2004. Their younger sister, Jean, has helped maintained the gardens in Paracelete Park, a serenity walking garden featuring the Stations of the Cross, since it was established in 1998 through the generosity of donor Bill Koehl.

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