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: Summer

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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This week we reflect on the gift of SUMMER. Summer traditionally offers a time-out. For the young, it signals a break from studies. For adults, it promises downtime from packed schedules at work and at home. For all of us, the days of summer can be times for spiritual practices. Summer’s leisurely pace is perfect for certain kinds of spiritual renewal. Here are some ways you can rest in the love of God and savor the presence of the Spirit this summer:

Walk in the glory of God. Set aside time each day to commune with God while you walk outside. Slow down your steps to take in the wonders all around you. In appreciation of the beauty of Creation, say the short prayer: “Glory be to God.”

  • Float. In a poem titled “Avowal,” Denise Levertov connects floating in the water with one’s face to the sky with the feeling of being held up by the Holy One’s all-surrounding grace. When you float in the ocean, a lake, or the pool (or even your bathtub!), reflect upon how divine support carries you through every day.
  • Feel the Spirit. When you are at your lowest ebb in the summer heat, your vitality can always be fanned to life again by standing in front of a fan or an air conditioner. When you are cooling off in this way, remember the Spirit who always is near to revitalize you.
  • Take Naps. Edward Hays, a Roman Catholic priest and author, believes that naps are a form of prayer because they are a time when we let go of the management of our lives and surrender completely to the Lord of the Universe. Summer is the perfect time for what he calls “Napping Prayers.” (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)


July is UV Safety Month: Be Safe in the Sun.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the main cause of skin cancer. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotches or spots on your skin. These are just some of the reasons why Jennings Center for Older Adults participates in UV Safety [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Independence

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

This week we offer this prayer as we look ahead to Independence Day: Lord, we stand today as our founders have stood before You in times gone by, Celebrating our history and reveling in all the great things that our country has achieved. On this day we rejoice in the favor You have graciously given [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Laughter

Friday, June 27, 2014

This week let’s think about LAUGHTER:
Laughter takes the edge off our troubles. It offers a distraction and sometimes even a relief from pain and grief. Laughter is very good medicine. Laughing is like inner jogging. It helps us heal by activating the immune system. “A good laugh is sunshine in a house,” William Thackeray once [more…]

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When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lightning safety awareness week is June 22-28, 2014. According to the National Weather Service, summer  is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather  phenomena–lightning. Though lightning  strikes peak in summer, people are struck year round. In the  United States, an average of 51 people are killed each year by lightning, and  hundreds [more…]

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Spirituality and You:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Three daily practices for…

Growth: Read widely. Reach farther. Take tiny risks and “fail forward.”
Wellness: Eat smaller portions. Take the stairs. Let go of a stressor.
Balance: Sleep well. Breathe on purpose. Express gratitude.
Creativity: Expose yourself to newness. Take a different path. Be purposefully random.
Focus: Plan your day. Turn off email for an hour. Be mindful: for [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Lessons from Maya Angelou

Monday, June 2, 2014

Maya Angelou died on May 28th. She was a renowned American author and poet. Her legacy is strong and will provide inspiration for years to come, as she was both a woman of her time and also timeless. Here are seven memorable quotes that can speak to each of us:
1. People have to develop courage. [more…]

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Jennings Center for Older Adults honored for Excellence in Quality Senior Living

Friday, May 23, 2014

On Thursday, May 22, 2014 The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) honored Jennings Center for Older Adults with the Excellence in Quality Senior Living Award. The award was presented at OCCH’s Partner Luncheon at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.
The OCCH Partner Luncheon highlighted the many investors, developers, lenders, management companies, non-profit organizations, for [more…]

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Spirituality and YOU: Water in our Lives

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND reflects on the use and misuse of water in our lives. Water is one of the fundamental needs of humankind. We use this gift from God for nourishing our bodies, producing our food, staying clean and creating energy. Yet, millions of people around the world face a daily, and sometimes dangerous, [more…]

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Sisters of the Holy Spirit mourn loss of Sister Mary Philomena

Friday, May 16, 2014

It is with a heavy heart and prayerful celebration that we share the news that Sister Mary Philomena has passed away to be with our Lord!  She has certainly left a legacy both with the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Jennings and all those who have come to know her over these many, many [more…]

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