Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Director of Mission and Ministry— Have you ever thought about what makes Jennings such a special place? Sure, we have beautiful buildings surrounded by nature. Definitely we have many wonderful people who live and work here. But the foundation of everything that happens at Jennings are the five core values of Respect, Hospitality, Community, Discovery of Potential, and Celebration of Life.
During my first two months at Jennings, I’ve had lots of opportunities to notice these core values in action. Here are some examples I have found. I’m sure you could add many more!
RESPECT: On my very first visit to Jennings as I waited in the lobby for my job interview, I observed caregivers and residents interacting with evident respect for each other. I heard them call each other by name. I saw staff members giving a pat on the shoulder or a warm handclasp to the residents they were helping. I watched caregivers offering choices to residents, or doing some small service that went “beyond the call of duty.”
HOSPITALITY: I have received many warm welcomes during my first months at Jennings. Residents have welcomed me into their rooms for a visit. The tenants of each apartment building welcomed me to their monthly meeting. The staff have been very friendly and helpful in lots of different ways.
COMMUNITY: The hot dog cook-out held at St. Rita Apartments was a great example of people living and working in community. The opportunities for daily Mass and rosary help to form a community among the people who attend. The participants and staff in the Adult Day Center exemplify community in action every day.
DISCOVERY OF POTENTIAL: I’ve attended lots of creative activity sessions: exercise, ceramics, painting, and more. Some of them included the children from The Learning Circle. Each session tapped in to the talents and potential of the people involved, including the staff members who were conducting them.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Parties and celebrations are part of the fabric of life here at Jennings! Fun times like the beach party for Mary-Jo Maish’s retirement and Christmas in July; and deep celebrations of life transitions such as the funeral for Fr. Hritz and end of life vigils for residents who were dying. Every day we celebrate life and all it holds.
I invite you to keep an eye out for our core values in action.