October 2016

Spirituality and You: Improve your Vision

Monday, October 24, 2016

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Did you know that the English word “thanks” comes from the same root word as “think”? And they not only share a similar background, they are related in another way. It seems the more we think, the more we thank. One woman illustrated how thinking and thanking are related in a visit to the eye doctor.

She complained to her ophthalmologist that, as she grew older, her eyesight was getting worse. He examined her eyes and could not be encouraging about the future of her eyesight. But to his surprise, she did not seem to be upset. She told him all she was grateful for: her deceased husband; her children and their families; her friends; the many years she has enjoyed upon this earth; her vast library of memories. She had done a great deal of thinking about these things. “My eyesight is getting worse,” she summarized, “but I’m not going to fret over that.”

Her doctor later made this observation: “Her eyesight is poor, but her vision is better than most people.” She clearly saw what many never see — all the good in her life. And she was content.

When we take time to think, and make time to thank, we see more clearly.

It sounds like a good way to improve your vision.

-Steve Goodier


Spirituality and You is contributed by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings.

Volunteer opportunities

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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At Jennings, our volunteers are an extension of the Jennings family – compassionate individuals who offer their time and talent to help our campus grow and thrive. Ask one of our volunteers why he or she participates, and you will hear, “I love volunteering here! It let’s me do something I love to do, and I know that what I do is really valuable and appreciated.” Our magnificent community of volunteers at Jennings complements our collaborative and holistic approach to care while sharing their  talents.

We are seeking volunteers for the following opportunities:

  • Eucharistic Ministers to provide communion to residents who are unable to attend Mass.
  • Music Ministry members to help lead singing or play an instrument at the Sunday 9:30a.m. liturgy.
  • Hospice Volunteers to support Jennings Hospice patients with compassionate visits.
  • Friendly Visitor to spend time with residents.
  • Beauty Shop Companions to help residents to and from their appointments on campus (no driving).
  • Wellness Center Companions to help residents to and from their appointments on campus (no driving).
  • Gift Shoppe Associate to greet customers and operate the register.
  • Bus Trip Assistant to assist residents during their shopping outings.
  • Survey Assistant to help individuals with satisfaction surveys.
  • Therapy Dog Visits for those who own a therapy dog to brighten a resident’s day.
  • Readers to read the newspaper or other literature to residents.
  • Intergenerational Assistant to assist life enrichment staff.
  • Gardeners to assist with planting, weeding and pruning.

All volunteer opportunities at Jennings require the completion of a volunteer application as well as a volunteer orientation prior to starting. Please contact Volunteer Services  at (216) 581-2900 if you are interested or wish to discuss more customized opportunities for individuals or groups.

Feast of St. Luke: October 18

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18 is the feast day of St. Luke, patron saint of physicians. We are grateful for the physicians that care for individuals at Jennings, as well as the many other doctors and surgeons who touch our lives. St. Luke, care for their gentle hearts and hands!

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Spirituality and you: Love

Monday, October 17, 2016

Every human person desires to love and to be loved, to belong to another, because we come from Another. We are born social and relational. We yearn to belong, to be part of a larger whole that includes not only friends and family but neighbors, community, trees, flowers, sun, earth, stars. We are born of [more…]

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Veterans leave on Honor Flight Cleveland.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Three World War II veterans, who are also Jennings residents, were selected to take part in Honor Flight. Honor Flight Cleveland makes it possible for veterans to have a a safe and memorable all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials honoring their service. George and Guy, accompanied by their sons, left in the [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Counting our blessings

Monday, October 10, 2016

Counting our blessings is a powerful practice for calming the mind. Doing it before sleep is a dependable relaxant. Breathe deep and take note of all the ways you feel blessed right now. For example:
I am blessed with good health.
I am blessed that my children are in a good place in their lives.
I am blessed to [more…]

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Jennings to carry social media non-profit “baton”

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Have you ever wanted to get a sneak peek inside the life of our staff at Jennings? Well, now is your chance.
On Monday, October 10, our staff is posting photos to the community photo project Nonprofit Baton – npbaton.tumblr.com. Our ministry is rewarding, and we’re so happy to spend it serving you – our supporters and [more…]

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Tips for Fire Prevention Month

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October is Fire Prevention Month. Our maintenance staff reminds you to change your smoke/carbon monoxide detector batteries at home and offers these tips:
1)      Smoke Alarms – These are still a very important addition to your home.  Smoke alarms are widely available and inexpensive.  Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly.
2)      [more…]

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Spirituality and You: slow down

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Jennings’ Director of Mission and Ministry Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND shares this Spirituality and You article to offer tips to ease your mind and spirit.
Slow down…Breathe…
–Be gentle with yourself
–Feel your emotions
–Let them fall away
To ease your mind:
–Think of 3-5 things you see
–Think of 3-5 things you hear
–Think of 3-5 things you feel

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Honor Flight representatives visit Jennings

Monday, October 3, 2016

In May 2007, the inaugural flight of Honor Flight Cleveland flew from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Twenty-five U.S. World War II veterans, at no cost to them, participated in that venture.  The cost of that trip, and all subsequent trips, have been covered entirely by private donations.  Since then, every May through [more…]

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