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.”
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)