Mission and Ministry Matters: Core Values

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Jennings recently revealed its new mission statement: “Rooted in Catholic values, Jennings celebrates and nurtures individuals as they age, through exceptional choices and continuous innovation.” This month Jennings Director of Mission and Ministry Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND considers the five core values that support our mission statement.

In fulfilling our mission, we commit ourselves to these values: Respect, Compassion, Community, Discovery of Potential, Celebration of Life. One value was changed in that list from the five that had been in place since 1998. Did you notice it? Compassion took the place of Hospitality.

The value of Compassion was suggested by many of the 215 people who took part in the mission and values focus groups. It encompasses hospitality, yet is deeper and broader. Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” It conveys a consciousness of the suffering of others and a desire to alleviate it. Compassion is empathy in action, and is a Gospel value demonstrated by Jesus in his dealings with the sick, the sorrowing, the poor, and the sinner.

Our five core values build on each other. Respect is the foundation of any relationship: to treat the other as they would want to be treated. That leads to Compassion: to reach out to the suffering with care and love. That builds Community: to form a group, a network, a team, a family who are united with a common purpose. We can then Discover the Potential in each person, recognizing their gifts and abilities and encouraging them to develop and use them. All those values combined enable us to Celebrate Life in all its stages: the positive and negative, the joyful and the challenging.

Our mission statement and core values are simply the words we use to express the intangible qualities that make Jennings the special organization it is. No single statement can capture or embody those qualities completely. The important thing is that those qualities continue to grow and develop as Jennings does. And the only way for that to happen is for us to live them in our relationships and work each day.



Jennings unveils new mission statement

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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Jennings has unveiled a new mission statement, which was developed through an intense process of input and creativity.

Our new mission statement reads: “Rooted in Catholic values, Jennings nurtures and celebrates individuals as they age, through exceptional choices and continuous innovation.”

Jennings’ goal in writing this statement was to be clear and concise while incorporating the concepts that make Jennings unique. Focus groups included staff, residents, family and board members to give their input, and more than 215 people took part. “It was an energizing challenge to work with all the ideas they shared and distill them into one simple statement!” said Jennings Director of Mission and Ministry Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND. “The team could feel the Holy Spirit guiding them throughout the process.”

Sister Valerie reflects on each phrase of the statement:

Rooted in Catholic values: This phrase captures our history and legacy as a faith-based organization. For 75 years Jennings has promoted Gospel values, based in the Catholic faith and open to all.

Jennings nurtures and celebrates individuals as they age: Nurture and celebrate are life-giving actions. They promote a feeling of compassion, care, and joy. All of us are individuals who are aging, and Jennings is here to help and support.

through exceptional choices and continuous innovation: People feel empowered when they can make choices. Jennings offers the best options possible. We continually seek out new and outstanding ways of doing things, forming partnerships and testing programs that will keep us ahead of the curve in our levels of care.

Jennings’ previous mission statement had been in use for almost twenty years. Sister Valerie stated, “We hope that our new mission statement will serve us well, long into the future. Thank YOU for the ways you help Jennings’ mission come to life each day.” If you have any comments about our new mission statement, please share them with Sister Valerie at [email protected] or 216-581-2900 ext. 2352. 


Spirituality and You: Blessings

Monday, November 14, 2016
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Blessings abound when we slow down enough to see them clearly. They can be the simplest of things: a green sprout rising from loamy soil, a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, a stranger who holds the door open for us, an unexpected phone call from a friend. In the era of “bigger is better,” [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Agents of Peace

Monday, July 18, 2016

Every thought, every word, and every action that adds to the positive and the wholesome is a contribution to peace. Each and every one of us is capable of making such a contribution. Let us join hands to try to create a peaceful world where we can sleep in security and wake in happiness.
–Aung San [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

In the days of the early American pioneers we see a wonderful example of community. Each night when the pioneers stopped to camp, they would “circle the wagons.” Circling the wagons created a safe space. Camp fires could be built in the middle of the circle. Children could play safely without fear of getting lost. [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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Staff retreat refreshes, reconnects us to mission

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

In varying sessions this week and next, we are holding our staff retreats. They are one way we take time to reconnect with each other and our mission. This year we are focused on our individual gifts, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how we as lay staff members carry out the charisms of [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: February

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

At the Olympic Games in Paris in 1924 the sport of canoe racing was added to the list of international competitions. The favorite team in the four-man canoe race was the United States team. One member of that team was a young man by the name of Bill Havens.
As the time for the Olympics neared, [more…]

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Jennings celebrates groundbreaking in Brecksville

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Jennings celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony on January 26, 2016 for a new development that will be Jennings at Brecksville. This new development, owned and operated by Jennings, will provide assisted living residences.
“Breaking ground for this new development fulfills years of dreaming by many individuals and writes the next chapter for Jennings’ mission with an exciting new residence in [more…]

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Values on Display: January 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Living Jennings’ mission and values is at the heart of our culture. We believe that quality care and satisfaction of those we serve are tied to our core values: respect, hospitality, community, discovery of potential and celebration life. Jennings’ Values Board is a place to celebrate our values. Each month we reflect on one of [more…]

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