May 2014

On Thursday, May 22, 2014 The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) honored Jennings Center for Older Adults with the Excellence in Quality Senior Living Award. The award was presented at OCCH’s Partner Luncheon at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

The OCCH Partner Luncheon highlighted the many investors, developers, lenders, management companies, non-profit organizations, for profit organizations, and government entities that partner with OCCH in the development of affordable housing in Ohio as well as celebrated its organization’s 25th anniversary. Selected from other nominees, Jennings was acknowledged for its dedication to “wellness, prevention and active aging” as well as empowering “low-to-moderate income seniors to remain in a residential, community-based setting through a network of services and supports” that are available through its continuum of care campus.

Tony DiBlasi, OCCH Chief of Asset Management, said of Jennings, “Through community partnerships and in coordination with campus departments, Jennings delivers a truly remarkable and impressive list of services to its residents.  They offer a service coordinator, a social worker, an advanced practice nurse, a hospital liaison, and an active volunteer network to help individuals manage chronic illness and address health issues before they turn into a crisis.

“The comprehensive nature of the services offered on their campus is truly inspiring and was largely attributable to the remarkable vision of their long-term (CEO), Martha Kutik.  Martha, … OCCH and the entire affordable housing industry thanks you for inspiring us with your tremendous vision and leadership over the past 25 years.  In recognition of their vision and leadership within the affordable housing industry, delivering comprehensive services for their residents and for inspiring us with the quality and scope of their programming, please join me in congratulating Martha Kutik and Jennings Center for Older Adults as recipient of our 2014 Excellence in Quality Senior Living award.”

Members of the Jennings staff traveled to Columbus to be recognized for living Jennings’ values and supporting older adults in living and aging successfully. Jennings’ CEO Martha M. Kutik thanked OCCH for recognizing Jennings and thanked Jennings staff members for their work in supporting individuals to live successfully. “Affordable housing linked with a robust array of supportive services is a major focus for our mission now and into the future,” said Ms. Kutik. “We look forward to a bright future for all of us as we age, in part because of the work of everyone in this room!”

Jennings Center for Older Adults is a leading non-profit provider of a Catholic-based continuum of care for older adults of all faiths, including supportive independent living at market rate as well as low-to-moderate income levels. Celebrating more than 70 years of service, Jennings is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and specializes in holistic approach to eldercare. Jennings offers long-term care, apartments, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, short-term rehabilitation, assisted living and adult day services. Augmented by intergenerational activities, innovative programs and Catholic mission, the Jennings campus continues to evolve to meet the needs of seniors and the community.

The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) is a nonprofit financial intermediary based in Columbus, Ohio. Originally created by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency in 1989, OCCH is now an independent nonprofit organization with its own board of directors. Its mission is “to cause the construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable housing in Ohio.” OCCH’s core activity is raising private capital from corporations for investment in affordable housing developments utilizing the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. As a “syndicator” of these tax credit transactions, OCCH performs long-term asset management and related activities for its investors, developers, and property managers. OCCH has raised and invested over $2.75 billion in private capital in 625 projects with over 32,000 units of affordable housing.

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Key Jennings staff for independent living (left to right): CEO Martha M. Kutik, President Allison Q. Salopeck, Compliance Director Jane Carbeck and Jim Patena, Administrator of Independent Living and Community-based Services.



Jennings' CEO Martha M. Kutik expresses Jennings' gratitude for the recognition. Standing with the award at the panel are (left to right) Tony DiBlasi, Chief of Asset Management for OCCH with Jennings' President Allison Q. Salopeck, and Jim Patena, Administrator of Independent Living and Community-based Services.

Jennings’ CEO Martha M. Kutik expresses Jennings’ gratitude for the recognition. Standing with the award at the panel are (left to right) Tony DiBlasi, Chief of Asset Management for OCCH with Jennings’ President Allison Q. Salopeck, and Jim Patena, Administrator of Independent Living and Community-based Services.

Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND reflects on the use and misuse of water in our lives. Water is one of the fundamental needs of humankind. We use this gift from God for nourishing our bodies, producing our food, staying clean and creating energy. Yet, millions of people around the world face a daily, and sometimes dangerous, struggle to access water.

We are called, as stewards of creation, to protect our neighbors and environment by helping to assure sources of healthy water for all our brothers and sisters.

Take a moment to reflect on the following questions:

  • Do I consciously consider my use of water in my daily activities?
  • Am I wasteful?
  • Are there ways I can limit my use of water?
  • Do I frequently thank God for the blessing of access to clean water?
  • Do I ask for God’s help in aiding those persons who are not as fortunate?
  • Are there ways I can volunteer my time or give my resources to help find a solution?

Prayer: O God, who created the Earth and all that is in it, we thank you for the abundant blessing of water and its availability in our lives. You created water to be a source of life for your people. However, our community struggles with ensuring access of this gift to all of your people. Help us to be better stewards of your creation by being more aware of our misuse of water. Help us to advocate for public policies and private actions that make water more accessible to all of our global family. Amen.

Sisters of the Holy Spirit mourn loss of Sister Mary Philomena

Friday, May 16, 2014

It is with a heavy heart and prayerful celebration that we share the news that Sister Mary Philomena has passed away to be with our Lord!  She has certainly left a legacy both with the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Jennings and all those who have come to know her over these many, many [more…]

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Thank you, teachers! Gratitude for educators during National Teachers’ Week.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Jennings Center for Older Adults recognizes the impact that teachers have on children’s lives. We are grateful for those who serve infants and children in The Learning Circle at Jennings, for teaching with compassion is vital during the developmental infant and preschool years just as in the school-age learning. We appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Mother’s Day

Monday, May 5, 2014

This week we look forward to Mother’s Day: On Mother’s Day families pay special tribute to their moms in various ways–cards, flowers, breakfast in bed or at McDonald’s, lunch at a fine restaurant, long distance calls, and special gifts. These are just some of the ways families will say thanks to mom, and that is [more…]

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Older Americans Month 2014: Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Each May, the nation celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions and provide them with information to help them stay healthy and active. This year, we are focusing on injury prevention with the theme Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.
Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for [more…]

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