September 2017

Spirituality and You: Patience

Monday, September 18, 2017

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An affirmation for patience:

Patience is a spiritual practice that is beneficial to cultivate so I can feel more at ease in my life. I grow through every human experience, especially those that I don’t like or plan for. There is divine order woven into the fabric of my days. 

 –by Jan Lundy

Colleen Lavelle, Chief Planning Officer at Jennings

(Columbus, Ohio) – Today, Colleen Lavelle of Jennings was awarded the Outstanding Executive Award by LeadingAge Ohio. The award was presented during the General Session as part of the LeadingAge Ohio 2017 Annual Conference and Trade Show.

The award honors a LeadingAge Ohio member employee that demonstrates commitment and leadership to high-quality care, makes a difference in their organization with demonstrated results, and active involvement with professional community organizations, including LeadingAge Ohio.

Since joining Jennings in 1998, Colleen has obtained over $2.5 million in grant funding to support partnerships with Kent State University, Cleveland State University, and the Benjamin Rose Margaret Blenkner Research Institute on workforce as well as other initiatives.

During her tenure, Jennings’ programming has expanded to include assisted living, adult day services, home health, hospice and a child care center.

Colleagues describe Ms. Lavelle as “positive” with a “can-do outlook” and a pleasure to work alongside.

“Colleen Lavelle exemplifies the type of leader the aging services field needs,” said Kathryn Brod, President/CEO of LeadingAge Ohio. “She is a visionary, seeing opportunities where others see roadblocks.”

“Colleen is in a unique position at Jennings,” said Allison Q. Salopeck, President and CEO at Jennings. “She is able to focus on our goals and lead us forward to new projects. It’s wonderful for her to be recognized for these achievements.”

Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio is a member driven organization that represents approximately 400 long-term care facilities located in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities, as well as those providing housing services and ancillary health care across a continuum of settings. Through a recent merger with Midwest Care Alliance, LeadingAge Ohio’s members represent home care and hospice services to an even greater degree than ever before. Member organizations are estimated to serve more than 400,000 elderly Ohioans and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide. Members are sponsored by religious, fraternal, private and government organizations committed to providing quality services for their residents and for older persons in the community at large.

Spirituality and You: The Candle and the Mirror

Monday, September 11, 2017

Edith Wharton has said that there are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Sometimes we are the candle. We shed light of love and hope. We shine encouragement into dark souls, for this is a bleak and cold world for too many people, a frightening [more…]

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Happy Grandparents Day!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 10. Commit to #DoSomethingGrand for #GrandparentsDay. Check out some awesome ideas at

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History Photos: Bowl-a-thon!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bowl-a-thon! The Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Jennings hosted these fun annual events a couple decades ago. Sister Margaret Mary is enjoying a game here, but the events also included local celebrities like Cleveland Indians ball players and some Cleveland Browns. If you attended, share a memory with us!

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Laurel School Students Visit, discuss empathy

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Many thanks to students from Laurel School who made their first of a few visits to Jennings today. They talked about health care employment and volunteering, but most importantly they had discussions about empathy. Jennings staff members introduced them to our organization and culture. The students then met residents and held [more…]

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