Compassion. We are in the midst of our staff retreats, in which staff step away from their roles for an hour (not all at once – in scheduled sets ) to recharge around our value of compassion. Sister Valerie Sweeney, Director of Mission and Ministry, facilitated the retreat and activities; some residents and staff shared examples of how they’ve been shown compassion via a brief video. To close the retreat, residents participated by distributing blessed charms of the Holy Spirit to staff members. 

What are some examples of how you have shown or been shown compassion?


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 the Sisters of the Holy Spirit.

Our gifts serve the greater good.

Our gifts serve the greater good.

Here are just a few comments from staff members about what inspires them at Jennings:

  • “I feel like our work is serving as hands and feet of Jesus.”
  • “We each have different knowledge, we share it with each other, and we learn from the  residents’ knowledge…we need it all.”
  • “I find joy in reflecting (with residents) about what their lives once were.”

Jennings’ staff members honored as LeadingAge Ohio STARS

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The stars are out! Five Jennings staff members were honored by our state advocacy association, LeadingAge Ohio, as LeadingAge Ohio STARS. The Jennings staff members — Rhonda Casey, Theresa Oliver-Barber, Elizabeth Robicheaux, Jodi Spiegel and Dawnne Timko— were selected through the Stars program, which annually recognizes non-management staff of not-for-profit providers of services for older Ohioans who have been [more…]

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