January 2018

Compassion. We are in the midst of our staff retreats, in which staff step away from their roles for an hour (not all at once – in scheduled sets ) to recharge around our value of compassion. Sister Valerie Sweeney, Director of Mission and Ministry, facilitated the retreat and activities; some residents and staff shared examples of how they’ve been shown compassion via a brief video. To close the retreat, residents participated by distributing blessed charms of the Holy Spirit to staff members. 

What are some examples of how you have shown or been shown compassion?


Spirituality and You: Mercy

Monday, January 29, 2018

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When we think of mercy, we should be thinking first and foremost of a bond, an infallible link of love that holds the created and uncreated realms together. The mercy of God does not come and go, granted to some and refused to others. Why? Because it is unconditional—always there, underlying everything. It is literally the force that holds everything in existence, the gravitational field in which “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Just like that little fish swimming desperately in search of water, we, too “swim in mercy as in an endless sea.” Mercy is God’s innermost being turned outward to sustain the visible and created world in unbreakable love.

Bird feeders: intergenerational fun with St. Michael School

Friday, January 26, 2018

The kindergarten class at St. Michael School had fun making pinecone bird feeders with the residents of Jennings at Brecksville. They look forward to hanging the bird feeders around the campus and watching the birds enjoy!


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M & M Party

Thursday, January 18, 2018

It was an “mmm, mmm good” time at the M&M party this afternoon. We gave this delicious little candy its proper recognition by providing samples of some various M&M flavors, talking M&M trivia and the opportunity to guess how many colorful M&Ms were in a jar. Our life enrichment staff members were even dressed like [more…]

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Celebrating the anniversary of our 2003 expansion

Monday, January 15, 2018

This week we celebrate the opening day for Jennings Assisted Living and Jennings Adult Day Services in the Eva L. Bruening Adult Day Center at Jennings in Garfield Heights. These expansions of Jennings’ programs reflect our commitment to residential and community-based services. Jennings Assisted Living includes 54 one- and two-bedroom suites. Residents receive help with [more…]

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Volunteers make a difference

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Thank you to ltalian Sons and Daughters of America volunteers for joining us today. Residents appreciated spending time with them during their visit, and the wonderful gifts they brought. They also treated us to entertainment, which warmed up the chilly afternoon!

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