In honor of pitchers and catchers reporting, we remember our beloved Sister Philomena attending a Cleveland Indians game. She was a big fan, watching her team on television or listening to them on the radio. #75years

Sister Philomena, CSSp, attends a Cleveland Indians baseball game (2010). (c)Jennings


Visitors are sometimes surprised to see children at Jennings and find out that we established The Learning Circle infant and child care on the campus. The seed was planted decades ago when we realized how much joy children can bring. With a small daily preschool (as shown here) in the 90s, we began #intergenerational activities. What a hit! The intergenerational opportunities were a benefit to everyone involved, from the simple enjoyment of laughter and company to the fulfillment of residents reading to children. Jennings continues daily intergenerational activities today, with children participating in our child care as well as student groups of all ages from local schools and community groups.
#TBT #75years

Intergenerational programs started in the 90s at Jennings.


Enjoying hobbies

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Monsignor Ivanko encourages a resident to pursue his hobby.
Since January is National Hobby Month, our history photo shows a resident pursuing his hobby with encouragement from Monsignor Michael Ivanko (at right), Director from 1948-1968. Since our inception, it has been important to us that individuals continue to pursue their passions and discover new interests. [more…]

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Regaining strength and celebrating abilities

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A consistent part of Jennings’ history has been helping individuals regain their strengths and celebrate their abilities. In this photo, Sister Mary Therese helps a resident with her therapy. #75years
(c) Jennings

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History milestone: Jennings celebrates anniversary of adding assisted living and adult day services

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13, 2003 marked the dedication of a Jennings expansion: the addition of assisted living, adult day services and an on-site wellness center. It reflected our commitment to residential and community-based services. Jennings held a dedication ceremony to bless the new assisted living and adult day services. Bishop Anthony Pilla, surrounded by Jennings’ board members and management team, welcomed guests, [more…]

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Built with repurposed brick

Friday, January 6, 2017

An ideal story of repurposing. 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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Our namesake: Monsignor Gilbert P. Jennings

Monday, January 2, 2017

Father Gilbert P. Jennings
Our namesake, Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, as a young man. Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, envisioned a safe, comfortable and affordable home for individuals who would not otherwise be able to provide for themselves. Through the monetary gift he designated in his will (our first planned gift!), Jennings Hall was established in [more…]

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Happy anniversary to our Board of Directors!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

On June 29, 1977, Jennings’ governance transitioned from an Advisory Board of Catholic Charities to a Board of Directors with full fiduciary responsibilities. Throughout these 39 years, Jennings has been blessed with dynamic and generous board members and chairpersons, who have shared their talents and expertise for the benefit of all. We remember them today [more…]

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Jennings celebrates March anniversary with Founder’s Day

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The month of March is special at Jennings, not just because of St. Patrick’s Day. March 17 is celebrated as Founder’s Day in honor of Monsignor Gilbert Patrick Jennings, whose vision began the original Jennings Hall. According to diocesan historian Father Nelson Callahan, Monsignor Jennings was very insightful for his time.  “He was always thinking bigger. [more…]

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Jennings celebrates anniversary

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January 13, 2003 was the opening day for Jennings Assisted Living and the Eva L. Bruening Adult Day Center at Jennings. As we celebrate the 13th anniversary of Jennings Assisted Living and Jennings Adult Day Services, we thank God for the individuals and families who entrust us to give values-based care and the dedicated staff [more…]

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