‘Reflections of Grace’

CEO Rich Schutt addresses some of this year's honorees in the board room.

CEO Rich Schutt addresses some of this year’s honorees in the board room. Click here for more photos from the day.

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (March 2015) — Providence Life Services hosts the Hallmark of Caring event each year in March to celebrate outstanding employees whose skill and heart make them essential to the ministry. Staff, residents, and families at each location and involved with each division of Providence nominated people who make a difference, and those who were selected were invited to a celebration on March 20. This year, the theme of the event was “Reflections of Grace,” expressing how each honoree is a picture of God’s grace to those they serve.

Nancy Laurinaitis, an activities assistant at Park Place of Elmhurst, was one of 70 honorees this year.

“It’s a great group of people here,” she said.

Nancy was one of 11 recipients representing Park Place, but she wished she could have taken her whole activities team along as well.

“I’m very proud to be part of the group at Park Place of Elmhurst,” she said. “I see every day what kind of care we have, and I think that the staff should be recognized for what they do.”

Honorees were treated to breakfast and lunch at the corporate office in Tinley Park, and in between, they attended three speaker sessions. Providence CEO Richard Schutt addressed the theme of the day, thanking each attendee for his or her daily work, and using video clips to illustrate how each person can be a reflection of grace to those they interact with in their different areas of service. He also handed out gifts: a mirror, a copy of the New Testament, and a personalized bookmark that included a quote from each person’s nomination form.

“Our administrator asked us what our favorite session was, and mine was Rich’s — he was engaged the whole time, with a smile on his face for every person (as they received their gifts),” Nancy said. “He just looked so happy and so proud.”

In the other two sessions, Justin Kats, the executive pastor at Faith Church a Providence Life Services board member, spoke on leadership, and Emily Smith, a professional organizer, discussed living intentionally.

The keynote speaker was author Keri Wyatt Kent, whose presentation after lunch was entitled, “Caring for Yourself When Caring for Others.”

At the end of the day, each person received a certificate recognizing their honor, as well as photos from the event — one of themselves with the CEO, and another one with all their co-workers who were fellow honorees.

For LaShell Moore, a med tech who came from Grand Rapids for the event, Hallmark of Caring was a chance to relax and to learn.

“It’s my first time here, and everything is great; I really enjoyed it,” she said. “I’m honored to represent Emerald Meadows, and I hope I’ve done a good job of that.”


A career with Providence Life Services is more than a job — it’s a calling. Interested in becoming part of our team? We are looking for CNAs and RNs, cooks, servers, receptionists, housekeepers, and others to serve in our many different locations. Apply online.

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