Jennings Center for Older Adults is proud to be recognized as one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces.  Jennings was one of several organizations honored on September 14, 2010 with the Employment Resource Council’s twelfth-annual NorthCoast 99 Award at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake, Ohio.

“It’s a big statement to make,” says Denise Smudla, Director of Human Resources at Jennings Center for Older Adults. “Not only is it a big accomplishment in 2010, but the longevity of being honored for each of the last 5 years is a proud achievement.”

Employment Resource Council (ERC) reconizes organizations as great places to work in Northeast Ohio based on excellence in attracting, motivating and retaining top performers. NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. The program was developed and is presented by ERC, Northeast Ohio’s leading and largest professional organization dedicated to HR practices, programs and services. Since 1999, hundreds of organizations have been nominated and applied for the award, and the program has recognized nearly 400 organizations for their ability to maintain great workplaces that support the attraction, retention, and motivation of Top Performers.

“It’s very motivating to our staff, and they are very proud to be able to talk about their workplace as one of the very best in Northeast Ohio,” Smudla continues. “We continue to provide an excellent place to receive high quality care but also a great work environment for our staff to work.”

Spirituality and You: the little things

Monday, February 23, 2015

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St. Julie Billiart, spiritual mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame, said, “We are not called to do all the good in the world – just the good that is before us.” This is a freeing statement. We are not the Messiah. We are not asked to do the impossible. We are each called just to make our contribution. This can be as simple as putting flowers on the table in the dining room, making the coffee in the morning before going off to work, bringing in the newspaper from the front porch, bringing an interesting story to the dinner table.

Life is made up of the little things. Do I contribute wherever I go? Do I bring a little ray of sunshine to others, or do I wait for others to make life pleasant for me? My life will be as good as I decide to make it. Being a contributor will ensure that I make my life one where the care for others’ well-being is a priority.

–Sister Kristen Battles, SND

Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND is the Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings Center for Older Adults.


The Learning Circle Celebrates Chinese New Year

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Our preschool classes and teachers braved the bitter cold and headed out for a field trip to South China Wok to celebrate the Chinese New Year! The delicious food quickly warmed us up, and we were even given a special treat at the end of our meal. Ask your child if he/she learned something about [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Lent

Monday, February 16, 2015

This week we begin the season of LENT.
Lent is the period of 40 weekdays before Easter observed in some Christian churches as a period of prayer, penance, fasting, and self-denial. Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Remember you are dust; unto dust you shall [more…]

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Prayer for World Day of the Sick

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation introduced by Pope John Paul II as a way to offer prayers for those who are ill and their caregivers. Please join us in prayer at 1 p.m. wherever you are to offer our appreciation and support to all those who provide care and compassion [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Things we can learn from our dogs

Monday, February 9, 2015

This article ran in the March 1999 issue of Jennings HallTalk and it seems it would bear repeating, especially for the dog lovers among us!
Things We Can Learn from Our Dogs (Author Unknown)

When family members come home, drop what you’re doing and run to greet them.
Let others know when they have invaded your territory.
Take naps; stretch before rising.
Run, [more…]

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World Day for Consecrated Life

Sunday, February 8, 2015

During the weekend of February 7-8 in our parishes, we recognize and give thanks for those who have consecrated their lives to God and the Church through vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. In a special way we are grateful for The Sisters of the Holy Spirit (our sponsor) and Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND (Director [more…]

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Jennings’ Board of Directors, Management Team Refresh at Annual Retreat

Thursday, February 5, 2015

On Wednesday, February 4 we welcomed our board members and management staff for an annual retreat. The tradition of the annual retreat not only dedicates time for Jennings’ board members and management team to engage outside of traditional regular meetings, but it also refreshes the group through education or inspiration.

As a Catholic health care organization, [more…]

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Throwback Thursday: Medical Supplies

Thursday, February 5, 2015

These medical supplies – mortar and pestle and hypodermic syringe – were used when Jennings Hall added nursing care to its services in 1956. #ThrowbackThursday
1950s medical supplies

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Echo of Life

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, the son falls, hurts himself and screams: “Aaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, he hears a voice somewhere in the mountain repeating: “Aaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the [more…]

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Throwback Thursday: a story of bricks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Our #ThrowbackThursday is some good old-fashioned stewardship of re-use. These bricks are from the second Jennings Hall building, erected after the first was destroyed by fire in 1946. They were originally from St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Cleveland, which underwent extensive reconstruction in the 1940s.

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