Tag Archives: Volunteering

Being a blessing: Volunteer faithfully serves communion to Providence clients

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (January 2016) — At Providence of Palos Heights, Alice Doherty is a blessing. Every week, Alice brings the Eucharist to the Catholic residents and patients at the community. She serves faithfully, visiting more than 20 people each Friday. She also takes turns with other volunteers for Sunday visits, sometimes seeing more than 40 people on those days. Alice is a Eucharistic minister in the Catholic Church. Along with her service at rehab center, she also leads the rosary before morning mass at Incarnation Parish in Palos Heights. The parish — right down the street from the Providence community — “adopts” and cares for Catholic residents at Providence. They not only serve the Eucharist to individual residents, but also hold communion services in the chapel and administer the anointing of the sick. Alice serves as a Minister of Care — along with the Eucharist, she brings residents words of hope and encouragement. “Alice spends time sharing the message that the priest gives at morning Mass; she also prays during her visits,” said Diane Giglio, Life Enrichment Director at Providence of Palos Heights. “She gets to know the clients personally.” These clients are recovering from illnesses, injuries, or surgeries, […]

A Close-Knit Group

Every week at Victorian Village, a small group of women turns donated yarn into a lovingly crafted gift, and creates close-knit friendships in the process. They call themselves the Knit & Stitch Group. The group started at Victorian Village more than 10 years ago, and its current members meet on Thursday afternoons in the Fireside Lounge of the Grand Victorian. They’re not an exclusive club; some residents attend casually, stopping by to work on their own projects, or just to sit and chat. But a few women are faithful knitters. “We’re the die-hards,” said Annette Hulford. “We come every week.” As a group, they create blankets, booties, and hats for babies in the NICU at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and they knit chemo hats for women and children there as well. They have also knitted prayer shawls for the Ronald McDonald House. This fall, the Life Enrichment staff asked if the group would make purple scarves to raise money for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The women knitted about a dozen to be sold in the Victorian Village gift shop — and they sold out. “Next year, we’ll have to start earlier!” Annette said. The yarn they use […]

Life at Royal Park Place

ZEELAND, Mich. (October 2015) — Residents at Royal Park Place have plenty of options for how to spend their time. Here’s an idea of what some of our residents have been up to: Assisting “Kids’ Food Basket” Royal Park Place is lending a hand to Kids’ Food Basket. Every Wednesday morning, at 10 a.m. in the Queen’s Room, residents pack snacks for the local not-for-profit organization to give away. Kids’ Food Basket helps complete over 7,000 meals for local children.  The organization was named the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 EPIC Nonprofit of the Year for it’s work in providing necessary nutrients for growing minds and bodies. Click here for more information or ways to contribute. Hosting a support group Royal Park Place hosts an Association for the Blind support group on the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Queen’s Room. The public is invited to join us, and welcome to share their challenges with others who understand. Continuing their competitive Wii bowling league “Wii have it going on at Royal Park Place,” says Life Enrichment Director Paula St. Amant. In the photo at right are the Wii bowling teams for the winter season. Back row, from left: Nelia Shoemaker, Calvin Niewenhuis, Lefty […]

Trinity volleyball serves at Providence of Palos Heights

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 2015) — The Trinity Christian College women’s volleyball team took an afternoon off the court last week, and instead spent time cleaning and playing BINGO with residents at Providence of Palos Heights. Karliegh Krchmery, a marketing major from Merrionette Park, Ill., and the Trolls’ lone senior, said that the pre-season volunteer works allows the team to have fun and bond while giving back to the community. “As a Christian-based program, we want to get out and do what we can,” she said. “This year, we decided to come here, because it’s also a Christian place and seemed like a good fit.” The women organized books and movies, washed walls and tables in the kitchen, cleaned the patio for an upcoming barbecue, cleaned wheelchairs, and assisted residents for BINGO. “We got in some team bonding, too,” Krchmery said. “We had a lot of fun, and we’ll definitely do it again.” The team has already made plans with Providence Life Enrichment Director Diane Giglio to spend another afternoon volunteering next semester. “They certainly make our job a little easier, with their effort from start to finish,” Giglio said. “I’d like to thank them for the excellent job they […]

Arts in Mission:
Park Place artists give back

ELMHURST, Ill. — Oil and water don’t usually mix — but at Park Place of Elmhurst, oil paintings and watercolors have been brought together for a good cause. Four residents at the retirement community have offered their original artwork for Park Place’s new “Arts in Mission” program. The paintings are different media and different styles, but they have been collected for a common goal: they will be sold for the benefit of other seniors in need of care. The artists who contributed to the program — Hadley Pihl, Joyce Knuepfer, Jan Covey, and Walter Martin — have donated more than 50 paintings so far, some of which have been created right in the art studio at Park Place. “Park Place has given us residents a marvelous studio,” Hadley said — and now he wants to give back. It was his idea to deposit each dollar made from the sale of Arts in Mission paintings into the resident assistance fund, which covers the cost of care for Providence Life Services residents who have outlived their resources. “One day, Hadley stopped me in the hallway and said that he would like to sell his paintings, and donate 100 percent of the proceeds […]