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.”

Happy Grandparents Day!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Today we pause to celebrate the role of grandparents in our lives. We stand on the shoulders of those come before us, like our grandparents whose labor and experience built the foundation for our families. Today is a day to honor our grandparents and help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer. Recognizing the wisdom that older adults can offer to youth, Jennings is proud to offer intergenerational programs all year long to celebrate foster learning and mentoring relationships that greatly impact the lives of both generations.

“Intergenerational dialogues bring together diverse groups of people to discuss community issues and take action to affect community change,” says Generations United. “These activities can help promote mutual understanding across generations to increase social cohesion, understanding and cooperation.”

According to The Legacy Project, it was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade in 1970, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade. They had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. After being married for over 60 years, Mr. McQuade passed away in 2001. Mrs. McQuade passed away in 2008.

Ms. McQuade came up with the idea of a day set aside to encourage families to visit their elderly relatives. With a firm resolve to make it happen, she began lobbying policymakers. McQuade got through to her Senators, Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd, who introduced a resolution to make Grandparents Day a national holiday. It took a while to reach the White House, but finally, in 1978, the resolution declaring National Grandparents Day as the first Sunday after Labor Day, was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter.

Though the feast of Ss. Joachim and Anne (parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus) is July 26, the United Sates Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reflection is relevant today:

“In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI said that grandparents are “witnesses of a personal and community history” that continues “to live on in their memories and in their wisdom. Who does not remember their grandparents? Who can forget their presence and their witness by the domestic hearth? How many of us bear their names as a sign of continuity and gratitude! May grandparents return to being a living presence in the family, in the Church and in society. With regard to the family, may grandparents continue to be witnesses of unity, of values founded on fidelity and of a unique love that gives rise to faith and the joy of living.”

Need some inspiration for spending time together? Click here for Generation United’s “Do Something Grand” guide for a number of ideas about activities between grandparents and grandchildren, as well as ideas to have an impact in your community today and for the next generation.

Presidential Proclamation — National Grandparents Day, 2014

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Each year, we pause to salute the grandmothers and grandfathers who strengthen our families and shape our Nation.  Through decades of hard work, they have broken down barriers and blazed pathways for the generations that followed, and they continue to provide inspiration and support to their children and grandchildren.  On National Grandparents Day, we honor the anchors of our families and recognize the immeasurable ways they enrich our lives.

With grit and determination, our grandparents have built better lives for their loved ones and a better future for our country.  From battlefields to factory floors, their relentless pursuit of progress has created new opportunities and made

America more equal and more just.  They have ushered in revolutionary advances in science and technology, putting us at the forefront of innovation.  And they have shared in some of life’s most cherished memories — from small moments to personal milestones — and been a source of comfort in difficult times.

Across our country, grandparents continue to contribute to their families and communities in countless ways.  They volunteer in their neighborhoods, and for more than 5 million grandchildren, they serve as the head of household, providing unconditional love and support.  Their tenacious spirit, commitment to family, and sense of service remind us that after a lifetime of hard work, they deserve to retire with security and dignity.

Today, we pay tribute to our grandparents and all the older Americans who have reached across generations and played an important role in our lives.  With profound gratitude, we celebrate all they have accomplished and given to our Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 7, 2014, as National Grandparents Day.  I call upon all Americans to take the time to honor their own grandparents and those in their community.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.



Have you had the conversation?

Monday, September 1, 2014

“Have you had the conversation?” That’s the question I learned to ask when I attended a workshop given by Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Ellen Goodman on The Conversation Project, an initiative dedicated to helping people talk about their end-of-life care.
This isn’t about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It’s about talking to your loved [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Celebrating Labor Day

Friday, August 29, 2014

This week we look forward to the celebration of Labor Day next Monday. Labor Day in the United States is a holiday observed on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It is a [more…]

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Adults Need Vaccines, Too! August Celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind adults that they need vaccines, too – the Center for Disease Control is recognizing August as National [more…]

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Jennings celebrates 16th anniversary of Jennings Manor

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the dedication of Jennings Manor, a 61-unit apartment building which provides housing with supportive services for people over 62 with very limited income. Jennings Manor was funded entirely by a $4.24 million federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Bishop Anthony Pilla, who was bishop of Cleveland [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Listening

Monday, August 11, 2014

Our topic this week is LISTENING:
One spiritual practice is often associated with others. Listening involves attention, being present, and hospitality, and it is a component of devotion, nurturing, and wonder. There is perhaps no greater way to show our regard for our friends, family, and associates than to truly listen to them. The “listening heart,” [more…]

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Mass Stipends

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Did you know that you can have a Mass celebrated here at Jennings for any intention you would like? The stipend is $10.00, and you can designate a certain date if it is available. Contact Sister Patricia Raelene at     216-581-2900 x 2293.

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Sponsorship shines through Catholic social tradition

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The history of Jennings Center for Older Adults is woven with that of the organization’s sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. This sponsorship creates Jennings’ connection to the Diocese of Cleveland and its affiliation to other like-minded organizations who are considered part of Catholic health care. Sponsorship of health care ministry, according to Catholic [more…]

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All I Needed to Know About Leadership I Learned from Sister Loretta

Friday, August 1, 2014

This month I would like to share this synthesis of the talk given by Martha Kutik, Jennings’ Executive Advisor, at the Founder’s Day event on March 16, 2014. Martha dedicated Founder’s Day in honor of Sister Loretta, CSSp, the former administrator of Jennings Hall who died in 2004. We can each learn a lot from [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Worry

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our topic for this week is Worry:
The worry machine chugs along in most of our lives on a daily basis. We are nervous about being on time, looking good, making a positive impression, or being a success. We worry about money, our family members, situations at work, the weather, our health, and myriads of other [more…]

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