Together We Have it All!
St. Jeanne Jugan brought a prophetic vision to her mission of caring for the needy Elderly. She envisioned the work that came forth from her heart not simply as a work but rather as a family. In this family our Residents, Residents’ family members, employees, and Association Jeanne Jugan members all come together as one in this vision.
By mid-March, Covid-19, a phrase that had never been heard before, suddenly became a part of our daily vocabulary. Its appearance has disrupted the family of St. Jeanne Jugan just as it has many others. Yet when this pandemic forced us to close our doors to the outside world, one part of this family has continued to walk through those doors each and every day–our devoted employees!
So on Friday, April 17, we took some time to recognize their devotion to our Home, to our mission, and we offer our deepest gratitude to:
- Our Registered Nurses, who constantly monitor temperatures and to whom no sniffle goes unnoticed!
- Our Certified Nursing Assistants who each minute of each day are the hands and the feet of the frailest.
- Our Food Service and Dining Staff who prepare delicious meals keep everyone well-fortified.
- Our Housekeeping and Laundry Staff who have been going the extra mile to disinfect door handles and light switches ensuring our home is clean and keeping the virus at bay!
- Our Administrative and Maintenance Team who keep our home running, a smooth and seamless transition amidst a wave of change.
To show appreciation for all they do and to recognize their dedication to the mission and to our Home, our Residents and the Sisters crafted bright and cheerful posters with bold, and colorful messages of gratitude. The words THANK YOU! GOD BLESS YOU! WE LOVE YOU! were enhanced with images of springtime, of hope.
The Residents addressed the staff as “THEIR ANGELS” and the posters bore the personal signature of each Resident! Now each is displayed in a prominent place near the Nursing Stations for all to see!
Next up! A very personal thank you! By mid-afternoon, volunteers and Association Jeanne Jugan members, following social distancing guidelines, gathered in front of the Home to greet the staff at the change of shift!
Despite the bright sunshine a New England chill filled the air but they maintained their positions, holding up handmade signs and blowing noise makers thanking the staff both arriving and leaving!
The three o’clock hour came and went and still the bells and horns continued to punctuate the air until they were sure that every employee leaving on the day shift and arriving for the evening shift had been thanked and assured of our prayers of gratitude!
A frequently repeated saying often heard on the Second Floor is “We may not have it all together but together we have it all” which aptly sums it all up, because together as a family we do have it all!
The Little Sisters and Residents