Faith was always important to Anita’s parents; every night they would kneel and pray the family rosary. They also emulated their faith by giving both their time and treasure. As part of St. Joseph’s a Franciscan parish, the culture was that no one would be turned away. Her mother served as president of the Christian Mothers’ Society, while her father served as president of the Holy Name Society. “My parents would say, ‘fill us in wherever,” Anita remembers. “Although we didn’t have a lot, as kids we would help my dad with the collection for poor families.”

One particular act of compassion and generosity stayed with Anita. She remembers seeing a woman outside on an extremely cold day. The woman was obviously suffering in the weather, underdressed as she waited for the bus. Anita’s mother went to her closet and retrieved a Persian wool coat. She handed it to Anita and told her to go outside and give it to the woman. Anita was shocked but did as her mother asked, clothing the grateful woman in the cold. “‘There but for the grace of God go I.’ My mother was a very giving person. She taught us that helping people is a form of giving. We were always taught to give.”

Anita and her husband Robert, became donors to Jennings after her mom moved to Jennings and they saw first-hand how the residence impacted the quality of life for her mom, Ann. When Jennings expanded with assisted living in 2003, Anita and her siblings Pat, Lorie, Monica and Mike asked Ann to consider the move. “She was in an apartment after Dad died, but we kids were always worried about her. We would always be calling to check on her,” Anita said. “Mom moved to Jennings and liked that she could attend daily Mass. We would continue to call her based on the routine we had before. Then one day we couldn’t get a hold of her all day and we asked the nurse to check on her. It turned out she was never in (her suite) because she had so much she could do. That’s when we thought, ‘OK, she’s home.’ We just knew it was the right decision.”

Anita’s experience as a family member inspired her to become a donor to Jennings. “We see what good Jennings does for older adults, so we figured if we were going to give anywhere let’s give it where we see it in action,” said Anita. “We also see that the bulk of donations go to residents and the great care they receive.”

Anita says she has learned so much from the programs at Jennings that she never would have known otherwise. “Mom would be long dead of loneliness if not for Jennings,” Anita said.
“Every day we see this phenomenal nursing staff. There is such low turnover, so everybody knows everybody. My mother loves “Fancy Pants” (a nickname for Executive Chef Michael Mills because of his colorful chef pants) and having choices every day.”

“Everyone really treats her with the utmost dignity,” Anita continued. “They treat each person as a person of God.”

For more information about ways donors make a difference, contact Sara Adamo, Director of Development and Donor Relations, at (216) 581-2900, ext. 2327.


Jennings is planning to show we care for #GivingTuesday, a global giving movement that has been driven by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Since its founding in 2012, millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

Jennings’ staff members and other donors will show they care with their “unselfies.” Donors can participate by donating online and other ways by visiting for details.

After two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday –#GivingTuesday is a day for giving back. In dozens of towns, cities, regions and states from Alaska to Maine, and Charlotte NC to Dallas TX, people are embracing this day as an opportunity to raise money for local nonprofits, schools and arts organizations; run food and clothing drives; teach children about philanthropy; encourage acts of kindness; collaborate with their neighbors; and celebrate generosity.

“Every person deserves quality choices and a life of dignity,” said Sara Adamo, Director of Development at Jennings. “Our life-giving relationships, innovation and Catholic compassion embrace each individual to help them live well as they age. As a non-profit organization, our donors help us to serve those most in need.”

#GivingTuesday was born at 92nd Street Y (92Y), a community and cultural center in New York in 2012. Since then, people from different backgrounds, cultures and regions around the world have helped to create a global day of giving that reflects 92Y’s commitment to strengthening communities and repairing the world.

In 2015, nonprofits raised more than $117 million online – on #GivingTuesday alone – to help make the world a better place in countless ways. Much more was generated offline and through donations of time and other resources. People participated in #GivingTuesday activities in 71 countries around the globe last year, and this year, participating countries include Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more.

“The tremendous response to #GivingTuesday over the last five years has been both humbling and inspiring,” said Henry Timms, Executive Director of 92Y. “We have seen countless examples of communities coming together to address challenges. Giving is a powerful reminder of our shared humanity, and the willingness of so many to participate and elevate giving is reason for celebration – even with lots of work still to be done.”

Join Jennings’ #GivingTuesday initiative by visiting for ways to get involved. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.


Legislation reinstates IRA Charitable Rollover provision for charitable giving

Sunday, December 27, 2015

There is great news for philanthropists who contribute to non-profit organizations. President Obama has now signed into law a permanent IRA Charitable Rollover provision. The key charitable provision that is made permanent in this tax package that can benefit non-profits like Jennings is that taxpayers over 70½ years old are able to make donations directly from an IRA and will [more…]

Read the full article →

Jennings joins global #GivingTuesday movement

Friday, November 27, 2015

Jennings has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Participants can make a difference in the lives of older adults by making a gift to Jennings’ annual campaign at . Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is [more…]

Read the full article →

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jennings Center for Older Adults has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners —charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday [more…]

Read the full article →

Vote Jennings for Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Good News Giving

Monday, September 29, 2014

Vote for Jennings Center for Older Adults as your favorite Northeast Ohio charity! This is your opportunity to vote for Jennings as your favorite health and human services charity. Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Good News Giving program will donate more than $1 million in free advertising in The Plain Dealer, and Sun News to [more…]

Read the full article →