Preparing fresh, home-cooked meals

Friday, September 7, 2018

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Did you know that Jennings’ culinary services staff prepares most of the meals from scratch? From fresh-picked herbs and vegetables from the Jennings garden (below) to home-made pasta during Jennings at Brecksville’s Italian night, the staff prepares delicious meals for resident preferences. Residents sometimes contribute their “famous” recipes so the community can also enjoy them. Many residents also participate in cooking and baking clubs to create their own culinary sensations!

Notre Dame Village officially opened with a dedication ceremony held Thursday, August 16, 2018. Bishop Roger Gries and Father Dan Schlegel blessed the grounds and buildings with an intimate gathering. Following the blessing, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and tours of the apartments, cottage homes and small houses. Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck acknowledged the synergy between the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who sponsor Jennings, and Sisters of Notre Dame, Chardon​, in an effort to serve people of all faiths. “The partnership that has been forged to create this new community, this new neighborhood, is set to begin a new era of two women religious communities and two organizations whose mission it is to serve.”

From left: Sister Eileen Skutt, SND, together with Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck, escorted Bishop Roger Gries as he blessed the Notre Dame Village apartment building.

In her welcoming remarks, Mrs. Salopeck shared that Jennings is proud to have been the trusted developer and now the operator of Notre Dame Village. “We are excited to offer these new homes in the form of cottages, apartments and the assisted living houses and most importantly to welcome the people that will live here. Jennings intention is to take full advantage of the campus of living and learning and create an intergenerational community that includes opportunities, engagement and relationships that allow for continued growth for all ages.”

Sister Margaret Mary Gorman, Provincial Superior, commented on the reason the sisters brought this project to life. “The Sisters of Notre Dame have a rich history of service in a variety of ministries, specifically education. With the addition of Notre Dame Village, we have the opportunity to extend our charism and expand our ministry in healthcare.”

Sister Margaret explained that there is a historic connection between Jennings and Sisters of Notre Dame. When Monsignor Gilbert P. Jennings passed away in 1941, he left a planned gift to establish a rest home in his name. The Diocese of Cleveland first approached the Sisters of Notre Dame, who were already committed to a ministry of education. The Diocese engaged the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who had recently ended a ministry to orphans due to the opening of Parmadale. Thus a new era of ministry began in Garfield Heights by establishing Jennings, which now provides a continuum of care across four locations.

In closing, Mrs. Salopeck acknowledged the many hearts and hands that were part of creating this new neighborhood. “I want to acknowledge and thank each of you- those who were there at the beginning of the idea to those of you who joined us yesterday- thank you for being part of this new community and I applaud and congratulate you for the wonderful place that it is and the wonderful place that it will continue to be.”

(Notre Dame Village​ photos by Left of Center Photography​)

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Mission and Ministry Matters

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Have you ever thought about dying? Have you imagined how you would like your final days to be? Thinking about your death may not be your first choice of things to do, but it is an important one. Life is fragile, and none of us knows how long we will live. One concrete thing we [more…]

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Spirituality and You: breaking barriers

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I believe that three of life’s most difficult words to say are “I was wrong.” And particularly in families and among good friends, these are three of the most powerful words we can utter. “I was wrong” breaks down barriers between people. It brings estranged people together. And it creates a climate where intimacy and [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Comparison

Monday, June 25, 2018

“Comparison is the thief of joy. Just look within and celebrate the gifts in your own life.”
— Timber Hawke

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Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Happy Older Americans Month!
Across the country, adults over 65 are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. Like you, they working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.
For 55 years, Older [more…]

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Junior Girl Scout Troop earns award in service to Jennings

Monday, May 7, 2018

Thank you to the 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts of North East Ohio 71176 of Independence! On Saturday, May 5 the Girl Scout Troop came to complete their Bronze Award Project: they installed two new bookshelves and a new bookrack in our Rec Room that they designed and built themselves. Not only did they provide these [more…]

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Jennings celebrates anniversary of St. Agnes Terrace Apartments

Monday, May 7, 2018

On this day in Jennings’ history: St. Agnes Terrace Apartments were dedicated. Built with 42 two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments of moderate to market rates, the building was made possible through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. It was named in honor of St. Agnes Parish, founded by Jennings’ namesake, Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings. [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Lessons Learned

Monday, May 7, 2018

Lessons Learned

Age 6:    I’ve learned that you can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
Age 9:    I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.
Age 12:  I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like [more…]

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Stewardship towards environment is important on Earth Day and all year

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day is a good time to evaluate stewardship to the environment. An important part of stewardship is caring for the environment. With the implementation of recycling and LED lighting, Jennings is making a difference while also finding an operational impact.


Jennings began an organizational-wide recycling effort several years ago with a grant from more…]

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