Franciscan Ministries Introduces “Hope Rises”

As the world begins to recover from the pandemic and we reopen our senior living communities to visitors, we want to share with you our Hope Rises initiative.

Hope Rises shares inspirational stories from Franciscan Communities’ employees, residents and family members in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the country seems to be held hostage by fear, confusion and uncertainty. Combine that with the contradicting opinions between the government and healthcare officials, quarantine restrictions, and reports of uncertainty from the general population, and you have what has become a perfect storm.

Franciscan Ministries sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, has developed an initiative, inspired by our philosophy of Living Joyfully, called “Hope Rises”. Hope Rises will chronicle the quiet, untold stories of the healthcare workers and residents from our senior living communities. As stated by Judy Amiano, President and Chief Executive Officer “The purpose of Hope Rises will help bring awareness to the positive and inspirational stories from our senior living communities. It’s meant to celebrate the resilience and spirit of the human condition, where kindness, good works and compassion are what truly matters to overcome any obstacle.”

Check back later for updates! For more information about Franciscan Ministries, call (800) 524-6126.

Visit Franciscan Ministries Hope Rises for all of the Ministries stories.


‘Heroes of Healthcare Paying it Forward’

Heroes of Healthcare Paying it Forward

What made them a hero in healthcare was their efforts through Covid. Having a servant heart and being called to serve seniors doesn’t have restrictions. As many employers shut their doors during this time, healthcare workers could not and as a ministry, we wanted to recognize these individuals.  The recognition did not just focus on referral sources but community members and fellow competitors. It was truly beautiful to see the community come together, especially the story of a Addoloratta. Liz nominated a home care worker who in turn, passed the recognition on to Sister Paulanne, a fellow Franciscan.

June 2020

The outpouring of support from families and friends has been overwhelming at Addolorata Villa. Assisted living is on the 2nd floor and overlooks a courtyard.

It was mentioned to families how the residents care for the garden and their concern that is now untended as residents are unable to leave their rooms. Although they were unable to assist with gardening, some families donated bunches of flowering plants for the residents to look out upon and enjoy. These flowers are from the Mary Schlax family.

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These are from the Bertog family.

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Acts of Kindness

Other acts of kindness include Lou Malnati’s for lunch for all the staff of the residential campus donated from the Maryland Vevang family and Kay Kelly family

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Blessed with so many thank you treats and thoughtful messages

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Meanwhile, life continues...

The Farmers Market on Wheels trundles past all residents units and offers fresh fruit for sale

 

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Mary Ellen Donelly, who moved from Indiana to Addolorata Villa a year ago, is surprised by a window visit from her family on her birthday!!! Happy Birthday!

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The Chef makes personal visits to resident in their room through a cooking class on the Chapel Channel

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Addolarata Villa is loving the mask donations and is grateful for everyone who has spent time creating and delivering handmade masks and for the generous donation of custom ink masks from William Tebbe. With your help we are getting through this together.

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Mother’s Day:

Mother’s Day was celebrated with Mimosas and a red rose in residential Living And with roses and Kit Kats in Health care

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And Associates have gotten creative in finding new ways to bring a sweet treat to our residents.

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