July 2017

Jennings and the Sisters of Notre Dame are collaborating on an exciting new development. Notre Dame Village will be a community of living and learning on the Sisters of Notre Dame campus in western Geauga County, Ohio.  The expansion will offer independent and supportive residences for adults 65 years of age and older. Residences will include cottage homes, independent living apartments with services and memory care assisted living. Notre Dame Village will be open to people of all faiths. Residences are expected to open in summer 2018.

Rendering of Notre Dame Village Site

Rendering of Notre Dame Village Site

Notre Dame Village answers a vital need for available senior housing and services for both the Sisters of Notre Dame and an aging local community. According to Sister Margaret Gorman, SND, Chardon Provincial Superior, the median age of a Sister of Notre Dame in the Chardon province is 74. Likewise, Geauga County has an aging population that currently lacks attractive, faith-based, senior housing options. When fully occupied, Notre Dame Village can provide housing for 180 individuals.

Allison Q. Salopeck, President and CEO of Jennings, feels the collaboration is an ideal fit with complementary organizational values. “Our desire at Jennings is to give people purpose and meaning to get out of bed in the morning. When you talk to residents and staff, people tell us they feel a difference in our method of care. I believe it is the Holy Spirit. It is the smile you see on people’s faces – residents and staff. Our desire is to individually meet people’s needs as much as possible. We ask them to tell us about themselves – what makes them smile? We try our best to tap into who someone is and wants to be. In hiring, we consider the joy they will bring to their job. I look forward to waking up every morning and coming to work. It’s a matter of ‘your soul meeting your role’.”

Though the collaboration is unique, both the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Sisters of the Holy Spirit have a shared piece of history. “Monsignor Jennings (Jennings’ namesake) originally left his estate and will to the Sisters of Notre Dame,” explains Martha M. Kutik, former Jennings President and CEO who is currently the Executive Advisor to help bring this development to fruition.  “They were not able to carry out a mission for the elderly at that time; however, our sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, were in a position to begin that ministry in his name. Working with Sisters of Notre Dame now is like coming full circle. We were talking to the Office of Aging in Geauga and Lake Counties looking for development opportunities. Jim Clements, Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Geauga and Lake Counties, took us on a drive to Auburn Road in Munson Township to see the SND campus. He planted the seed.”

The idyllic charm of Notre Dame Village will be captured in acres of pastoral landscape and in its architecture and lifestyles. From natural serenity to customizable home features, Notre Dame Village will also offer locally sourced foods and services, intergenerational programs, lifelong learning and spiritual programs.

Sister Margaret Gorman, SND feels Notre Dame Village answers a vital need for available housing and health care services for both the Sisters of Notre Dame and the local community. “I see this as a win-win for all of us,” states Sister Margaret. “There is a great need for senior housing in Geauga County, where 30% of the population will be age 60 and older by 2020. While this property is owned by the Sisters of Notre Dame, we want to share it with the community. We want to respond to the needs of this community, which include understanding the need for housing for healthy seniors as well as those with health care concerns.”

Apartments with services
Notre Dame Village will offer an apartment building with various floor plans, including studios, one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den, and two-bedroom styles. Residents may live independently or receive services such as an elegant dining room, housekeeping, and other supportive services. They will also enjoy the amenities of the campus, such as covered parking, balcony options, lifelong learning and other programs.

Cottage homes
Charming cottage homes will be available on cul-de-sacs throughout the idyllic landscape. These two-bedroom, two-bathroom single story homes will feature an open floor plan and two-car garage as an option for individuals to downsize from larger homes. Residents have many choices in features and upgrades to make it ideal for their lifestyles. These individuals will also have access to the many amenities of the development, as well as receive services in their homes if needed.

Memory care assisted living
Notre Dame Village will feature three memory care homes for individuals who require assisted living with memory care. Twelve residents will live in each home, where each individual will have a private bedroom. Residents will live in a natural home setting while receiving the assistance, cueing and specialty services unique to this type of residence. It will be one of the first small house models in northeast Ohio.

Ms. Salopeck expresses the excitement for both organizations as construction gets underway. “This is a very special development that is underway for all the right reasons, and there is already an incredible positive energy toward it,” she said. “I can’t think of a better way to begin.”

Visit www.notredamevillage.org for more information, or to join the mailing list for updates.

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.

Residents and staff members advocate for older adults’ health care by contacting legislators

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hundreds of letters, email and phone calls to legislators this week asked them to help #SaveMedicaid. Many residents and staff members have contacted U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman as well as US Representatives to preserve Medicaid. For vulnerable, frail adults, Medicaid is [more…]

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Spirituality and You: All the Joy You Need

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thirteenth Century priest Thomas Aquinas once said, “No one can live without joy.” But many people do live joyless lives. And the reason is often simply because they don’t know how to be happy. They are so intent on the three P’s – power, prosperity and prestige – that they miss out on simple joy.
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Sisters in Paraclete Park

Monday, July 17, 2017

It’s a beautiful summer day near Cleveland, so we couldn’t resist a history photo of these lovely Sisters of the Holy Spirit strolling through the gardens of Our Paraclete Park (c.2004). In the foreground is Sister Loretta, followed by Sister Margaret Mary (left) and Sister Philomena (right).
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Showing our Values: Community

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Our July 2017 value is Community. The staff is highlighting how we act as one though caring for people through several residences and services. Buildings are not as important as unity, inclusivity, peace and other qualities that make us a community.
July 2017 Value: Community

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Welcome Bishop Perez!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Welcome Bishop Nelson Perez to the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. May God bless him in his leadership!
Press release from the Diocese of Cleveland:

Pope Names Bishop Perez as Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland

July 11, 2017

Pope Francis has named Bishop Nelson J. Perez, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre, N.Y., as Bishop of [more…]

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More veterans are using hospice care due to new initiative

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More US veterans are using hospice due to the Comprehensive End-of-Life Care (CELC) initiative implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to improve care at the end of life. @LeadingAge
More US veterans are using hospice due to the Comprehensive End-of-Life Care (CELC) initiative implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to [more…]

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Spirituality and You: All-embracing Love

Monday, July 10, 2017

Spirituality and You: All-embracing love
Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If [more…]

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Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spirituality and You: Independence Day
People in the United States are gearing up to celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Our country was born on July 4, 1776, when 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence to mark their separation from Great Britain. The Fourth of July is the most popular holiday in the [more…]

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