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S T. J O H N ’ S V I L L A Volume 15, Issue 1 The Villa Pulse January 2008 “Giving Hope for Life” March 8, 2008 Everywhere one grows at St. John’s, Sister Helene Mertes and Scott Mon- members can place advertisements. there are so many signs of Giving tavon (Sister Elaine’s nephew from Pages will be 8 ½ X 5 ½ inches. Hope for Life! From the youngest Chicago) are devising a wonderful ($25 for a 1/8 page ad, $50 for a 1/4 child in the Growing Tree Day Care menu for this event.) Scott provides page ad, and $75 for a 1/2 page ad) learning to walk and talk to the Adult wonderful dinner menus throughout Please give a call to Sister Elaine Day Care for elders who need a good the Chicagoland area, and will cer- Weber to set up the space, or St. deal of physical support and under- tainly do it again for St. John’s. John’s can do it for you, if you wish. standing! Committee members will be working The evening will again be a wonder- This year’s event will be directed by at collecting items for the event. All ful one beginning at 5:30 p.m. It is Bill and Darlene Wachsman with the items are acceptable. IF YOU HAVE intended not only to entertain our aid of Matt and Teri Blakney as co- ANY ITEM/S THAT NEED TO BE friends and supporters, but also to chairs. With this event, the responsi- PICKED UP, DON’T HESITATE TO provide assistance to the people bility will be turned over to two young CALL ST. JOHN’S AS ITEMS CAN served at the Villa. A fee of $50 couples who bring a brand new form BE PICKED UP WITHIN A 75-MILE entitles the guest/s to the dinner and of leadership and energy. Both cou- RADIUS OF ST. JOHN’S. submission of bids on items. Please ples have siblings who are residents of write or call for tickets. Reserva- St. John’s. Since so many of the Villa friends live tions are required. You won’t want at a distance and would still like to to miss out on the fun! Call Sister Although, St. John’s continually pro- participate, this year we will once Elaine Weber or Susan Williamson vides quality service to all the people again be selling tickets for a special at 330.627.9789 served here at the Villa and their fami- drawing to be held the night of the for information. lies, the committee recognizes the auction. The drawing will provide wonderful work done with the Spirit’s three prizes at $500, $250, and $100, guidance. At the same time, the com- respectively awarded to the winners. mittee recognizes the need for contin- Complete the form available on this ual updating and replacement of page. If you choose to needed furnishings and equipment. purchase more than one St. John’s Villa Auction Drawing 3 Chances to WIN (1 ticket $25 - 5/$100) The funds generated at the fund- ticket, and the committee raising event of the Villa are intended hopes you will, St. ________Tickets. Amount Enclosed $___________. to increase quality of life for all the John’s Villa staff will fill people served daily at St. John’s! it out for you. (Tickets Name_________________________________________ will also be available the Rev. Ronald Klingler of St. John the night of the auction for Address________________________________________ Baptist Parish and his parishioners in purchase. Winners need Canton have been extremely gracious not be present for the City_________________________________ State_____ over all these years to host this event at event.) Zip_____________ Telephone: ____________________ their parish center! In addition, the Tickets will be filled out by Villa staff. Villa greatly enjoys this relationship! At this auction, busi- If you have questions or concerns please call Again this year, the parish is allowing nesses, companies, sup- Sister Elaine Weber or Susan Williamson at 330-627-9789. The three prizes will be $500, $250, and $100. St. John’s to use this wonderful space. porters, and/or family Presidents Perspective same time that we see our resi- love and support you give to all of us dents aging, we also realize here at St. John’s Villa. Without you and parents and family members your support, love, and prayer would not are aging. These needs per- be what it is today. vade our days and all we do at St. John’s. The driving force of our mission is the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: It is exactly in this very arena that we experience the tremen- Lord Jesus, make me dous compassion our people an instrument of your Peace. have for one another. At the Where there is hatred, same time, we see the people in Let me sow Love Sister Elaine Weber, O.S.F. our Adult Day Care needing Where there is injury, Pardon President Where there I doubt, Faith more support and assistance in As we end 2007 and prepare for a differing areas. The panorama of Where there is despair, Hope new year, we at St. John’s are aware life comes into our view each day Where there is darkness, Light of the multitude of gifts that have as we deal with the challenges of And where there is sadness, Joy come to us in a million different each person. Support is clearly ways. The residents of the Villa are visible in each of our caregivers to O Diving Master, preparing for the Christmas season meet the needs of each person. Grant that I may not so much and are well aware of the meaning seek to be consoled as to console, of Christmas. Their simplicity The other side of the equation bal- to be understood as to along with that of the children in ances out as the staff who support understand, daycare and adults who are in need all these people derive a great deal to be loved as to love; For it is in of support and care in the Adult of satisfaction going home at the pardoning that Day Care provide a multitude of end of any shift fully aware of the we are pardoned, reminders of the beauty of life to all needs and love that flow both di- and it is in dying that we are of us. rections in each of these situations. born to eternal life. St. John’s is truly a family of peo- Saint Francis of Assisi There is so much to be thankful for ple caring for each other in time of and yet, a lot of concern for others. need and support. May your new year be filled with all the As we gather as a community in gifts you and your loved ones most de- prayer every Tuesday afternoon, You, our friends and supporters, sire and need! staff and residents bring to our provide the impetus to us to serve prayer their concerns and support our people. Our prayer for each of for one another and for all those you is that you may be blessed who are in need of prayer. At the abundantly in return for all the Massillon Dinner—April 26, 2008 Once again, Bobby David, loyal Youngstown Diocese graced the friend of St. John’s Villa, makes guests with his presence. There preparations for a festive event to be is no doubt that a very special put in place for this annual affair. It treat will be arranged for this will again be held at Shady Hollow year’s event. Bobby thanked Country Club. The event normally him for his appearance and always brings tremendous pleasure donned him with a Massillon to the patrons. Tigers Cap. At the same time, Bobby comes up Bobby has been a true friend to Sr. Consolata Kline, Bishop George Murry, with a wonderful treat of entertain- the Villa since 1998. Mark Sr. Elaine Weber, and Bobby David. ment. Last year, the newly ap- your calendar today for the pointed Jesuit Bishop of the April 26, 2008 event. Resident Spotlight—Robin Reynolds Robin’s Mom & Dad past away in look at and share pictures that she the last two years. Mr. & Mrs. Rey- gets from home. Robin also enjoys nolds were great friends of St. John’s spending time with her friend Villa. Her sister, Jennifer Garrett Georgie. who lives in Cincinnati is Robin’s guardian. Robin’s sister Stacey Robin maintains a busy schedule Zelina lives in Columbus, Ohio and working at St. John’s Villa Balloon brother Jeff lives in Montana. Shop Monday through Friday where she packages balloons. She Robin will tell you she lives in works on building her skills in rec- House A where her favorite staff ognizing coins and identifying the work. She participates in all house- days of the week with the habilita- Robin has been part of the family at St. hold tasks with unloading the dish- tion dept. John’s Villa since 1967. She was born washer being her favorite. in Akron, Ohio to William & Elsbeth Robin has grown up at St. John’s Reynolds. Robin is the 2nd of 4 children. Robin enjoys going out to eat, to the Villa and her smile will most cer- She has a very close relationship with movies, watching movies at home tainly warm every heart that has the members of her family. They keep and going to the zoo. Her favorite the opportunity to see it. in contact with phone calls, cards, and pastime is to spend time with her many home visits throughout the year. family. She loves children, likes to 2007 Fall Walk-a-thon The St. John’s Villa Seventh Annual tractor for anyone who Fall Walk-a-thon event that was held on wanted to enjoy another hay- October 20th was a great day of fun for ride. The weather was beau- all who joined us. tiful and with the changing of the color of the trees, St. Several groups joined together for a John’s grounds glowed with walk in the woods that surround the magnificent color and all out grounds and enjoyed seeing some wild- beauty. life on their adventure. God bless Exciting activities were planned for the each of day, such as the hayride, a bean bag toss our spon- game, and a Mad Scientist Interactive sors who Above: Becky Presentation. All had a wonderful time h a v e Easterday and her teaming up for each activity. been such Grandmother had a won- a wonderful day. At noon, everyone shared a lunch of a derful hot dog or coney, potato chips, cookies, support Left: Everyone and fruit. After the meal, Joe Gorrell, to this enjoyed a hayride. maintenance supervisor started up the event! Mercy Medical of Canton—A Ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Truck Sales and Leasing, Inc.—Midvale Whitacre-Greer Company Walter Bishop Medi-Wise Pharmacy McFadden Insurance Claude & Mary Pat Blubaugh Myers Tin Shop Joseph & Carol Naples Capital Fire Jennifer Garrett Schlabig & Associates, LTD. Beverly Chambers Dr. & Mrs. Girouard Josephine Schulte Lillian Coppola Sailing & Sue Hayward Mel Schumer Crown Heating & Cooling Jackson Insurance Dr. & Mrs. Scott Stine Gerald & Ginny Doyle Richard T. Kiko Agnecy, Inc. & The Wachsman Family Furey Chrysler Dodge & Jeef Kiko Auctioneers Janice Walker-Pogue Students understanding career FAMILY SUCCESS — choices to experience self sufficiency! A mission of St. John’s Villa A Family Literacy Program! BEGININGS….. As we moved into the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Multi-Purpose Building in 2002, the Buckeye Career Center was looking for space to run an Even Start Program in Carrollton. It was so fitting to the Mission of St. John’s, Sister Elaine made adjustments to the original plans of the building to accommodate the program. Even start, a government funded program, provides education and family living skills to families in need. When the program began, immediately young families (mostly single parent families with small children) began to participate. Their children were provided with daycare as they attended classes to receive their GED certificate. They also Dawn Nichols and Sister Elaine enjoying lunch with Heather Pistory and Gloria Rogenski (participants) with Gloria’s Son, Dawson. receive a noon meal and eat with their children, giving staff an opportunity for teaching parenting skills. NOW….. In 2006 the government discontinued funding for the pro- gram. Seeing the need for such a program here in Carroll county, Sister Elaine and the Board chose to continue the concept, with help from the Sisters of Charity Foundation. It is now called Family Success. Under the leadership of Dawn Nichols, director, and Mindy Lutton, teacher, help is continuing for even more families. In 2007 alone 59 fami- lies and 50 children have been served. Transportation is provided when there is a need for individual families. Not only GED classes but also with the guidance of Mindy, college courses on line help the students reach their edu- cational goals. Evening classes are now offered. Recently more young men have been participating. This sense of accomplishment and self-esteem will give these families a great start on life and independence. Mindy Lutton, Teacher, at work assisting Laura McGinnis with her learning goals. This story is one It such a of many that have Heather thanks God for pleasure to see come through allowing all of her life to Heather bringing Family Success! A chance to hope unfold as it did so that she her children to the for life, giving is now prepared to help Growing Tree, success to others in similar situations neatly dressed individuals and with compassion with such pride in take families out of her family and in the mire of poverty and understanding. herself! A Family Success Story — Reaching for the Stars! Heather Pistory started with the Family Success Program (previously called Even Start) in 2004. At that time she had a 6-month old baby and a child of 3 years with no high school diploma and in need of many skills. Heather worked diligently to get her GED as her children were cared for in the Growing Tree Daycare. With the help of Dawn Nichols and Mindy Lutton, she not only met academic success but received a great deal of help in parenting skills and in self esteem She received her GED and was accepted into the National Adult Education Honor Society! But she did not stop there. She now has an associate degree in Heather’s business, and is continuing to go to school to get her BA in Human Background History Service Management from the University of Phoenix. She is now active in her church and teaches Sunday School there. Heather is also a repre- Heather has lived with her 5 sentative for the Head Start program. siblings (now ranging from ages 28 to 6 years of age) in 39 different homes. The family moved two times a Heather chose to come to the program so that she year. She attended 8 public could be an example to her children and to prove to schools in 4 years, in foster care for 2 years then home-schooled. herself that she could do it. Her mother married 3 times. Her step-father was physically and verbally abusive. She delivered Today... her three sons are enrolled in the Daycare program, newspapers when she was 9 to Kaleb in the summer latch key program, Hadden in preschool help feed the family. receiving assistance from the ELI program (Early Learning Initiative) and Ethan in the toddler room. Heather at her computer at Family Of her six siblings, she and Success Class. When talking to her sister Emily are making a others, Heather exclaims! difference and hoping “ I found this great to influence the program in rest of the family. my area that helped me with education and a chance to better myself; St. John’s Villa Family Success Program” Heather, her husband and her 3 boys now live in a 2 room Her husband lays bricks when there is work available. mobile home. The two of them sell firewood in the winter They are buying 2 1/2 and sell vegetables in the summer to help make ends meet. acres of land She is now ready to join the work force if the opportunity and plan to build comes, meanwhile she is continuing her education as soon as they can. and being a mother making a good life for her family. EDUCATIONAL Mother’s Day China Drawing OPPORTUNITIES Enjoy 8 settings of Mikasa “Parchment” China (including — October 18th—Beth Devitt, Vice President of dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, Finance, and Sandy Hawkins, Director of Residential Services attended a Medicaid Reim- teacup, and saucer)! Also, a vegetable bursement for Homemaker Personal Care semi- bowl and a serving platter. nar in Canton, OH. The seminar was sponsored by ODMRDD. In addition, the gift includes silver- October 19th—Sandy Hawkins, Director of ware: 8 sets of Julliard Oneida place Residential Services, attended Annual MUI settings and serving Training in Carrollton, OH. The training was sponsored by CCBMR/DD. pieces: slotted spoon, November 7th & 8th—Dawn Nichols, Director serving spoon, fork, The exquisite Mikasa of Family Daycare & Education Services and and a spatula. “Parchment” pattern Susan Williamson, Assistant to the President and the Julliard Oneida attended a Grant Writing and Resources training The drawing will again silverware will make an in Columbus, OH. The training was sponsored by Zocklein & Associates. take place on Mother’s elegant dinner table! November 8th—Sister Helene Mertes, Director Day. Chances will be sold at $5 each of Vocational, Food Services, and Safety or 5 tickets for $20. If you have any questions, they can be ad- attended a Safety Council Meeting in Canton, dressed to Susan Williamson or Sister Helene Mertes at 330-627- OH. The meeting was sponsored by the Stark 9789. County Safety Council. November 19th—Beth Devitt, Vice President of Finance attended OSHA 300 Log Training in St. John’s Villa China Drawing—Coupon Canton, OH. The training was sponsored by the (Donation $5.00) Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. November 27th & 28th—Beth Devitt, Vice President of Finance and Sandy Hawkins, Please send __________Tickets. Amount Enclosed $____________. Director of Residential Services attended a seminar on Legal and Human Resource Issues and Updates in Dublin, OH. The seminar was Name___________________________________________________ sponsored by OPRA. December 13th & 14th—Beth Devitt, Vice Address_________________________________________________ President of Finance and Tammy Brown, Fiscal Assistant attended a Locking Arms “Conquering City____________________________________ State___________ ODMRDD Billing Through Unity, Determina- tion, & Perseverance” training in Archbold, OH. The training was sponsored by MRDD Zip______________ Telephone: ____________________________ Solutions. Santa’s Villa Helpers! The Villa Woodshop and Creative popular at tailgate Crafts was been scurrying to fill or- parties, it can be ders from the Christmas catalog for painted with your wood products, cards, and baskets. favorite team’s logo/ Besides that the Christmas fruit colors. It comes with cakes made by the restaurant are regulation size “corn” going fast! The Ohio Knights of bags and game rules. Columbus ordered 450 cards im- printed. Many more large and small Call the Villa for any card orders were filled also. The orders that you are woodshop sold lots of angel hang- interested in, either ings! from our catalog or the web site. Plans are Neal Isherwood, Sabrina Seal and her son Another new item being made in the being made to take Austin had a lot of fun playing ‘Bean Bag woodshop is the game “Corn” also cookie orders next Toss’ with resident Becky Hinkle and known as “Tailgate Bean Bag Toss:” year! Supported Living’s Charlie Weir. A Beautiful Way To Remember Loved Ones When someone loses a loved one, it is often impossible to know what to say. A gift in memoriam to St. John’s Villa can be a beautiful way to express your condolences. Not only do you show that you care, but your donation will have a direct and positive effect on the adults with disabilities living at St. John’s. The Villa has a nice array of lovely memorial, sympathy, and get well cards. Call Susan Williamson at 330-627-9789 for more information. Memorials October—December 2007 Joseph & Sophia Bushlow William Reynolds cont... Betty Sells Mary Ann Bushlow Jennifer Garrett Rita Whitman Cathy, Vittoria & Joseph Codispoti Mr. & Mrs. John Garrett Don Smith Nick Codispoti Gordon & Carol Grober Bertha Smith Janet M. DeVault Thomas & Kathleen Helmrath Trust Kennard D. DeVault John & Elizabeth Jossey Louis Mattevi Nick Di Domenico Mr. & Mrs. Terry Malish Beatrice L. Miller Gabe & Donna Sciarretti Laura Mann James A. Pastore, Sr. Rev Trust Albert & Eileen Dudek Amy Michalkeiwicz 1,000 and Over Kathy Fabian Thomas & Mary Ellen Miller Chambers Family Foundation The Ferraro Family Bob & Ann Olsen Ken Kekich Nick & Anna Sama Richard & Susan Scheu Sympathy Antonio & Concetta Gatto Dr. & Mrs. James Stone Bill Berniard Nick Codispoti Melanie Welsh Donna Sciarretti Filomena Gentile Philip & Deanna Whitaker Prayer Mary Gentile Dave & Judy Williamson Marianne Fleming Louis & Maria Crutina Gentile Kathy Fabian Mary Gentile The Sama Family Debbra Kelly Steve & Julia Ger Nick & Anna Sama Mrs. Eleanor Kelly Emily Minnich John Samsa In Honor of Stephen Ger Molly Samsa Dolores & Vincent Castaldo Emily Minnich Richard Schulte 50th Wedding Anniversery Mr. & Mrs. Steve Kekich Paul & Dolores Nelson Lillian & Frank Coppola Ken Kekich Mr. & Mrs. John Kress Rita Whitman The Villa Family wishes to Frank Minnich, Jr. express deepest and sincerest Emily Minnich sympathy to the Margaret Patterson family and friends of John Patterson Bill Reynolds Donna Pfolsgrof Loving father of resident, Mary Lou Glaser Robin Reynolds The Pisani Family Nick & Anna Sama William Reynolds Mark & Leslie Brereton Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mr. & Mrs. S. Bumgarner in this time of sorrow. Tom & Barb Daugherty & Family May you find Lucille Edwards comfort in knowing that we care and may the Edwards Accounting, Inc. sorrow of your heart be less Thomas Edwards difficult to bear. Be assured of Brian Fraley a remembrance in our prayers. Mr.& Mrs. Jared Friesner “Holiday Rejoicing” Residents with the children of the Growing Tree Christmas Party punch. We are so blessed to be a part in so many chil- dren and families lives. Thank you to all for making this a truly joyous occasion. Below L to R: September Wardell, Cassie Lipari, Jennifer Gotschall, Sam Monk enjoys time with Santa! As you can see all the children really enjoyed and Kaitlyn Wells gave a entertaining an audience. wonderful performance of St. John’s Villa residents celebrated choice songs from the movie Christmas together on December (Well, almost all of them!) High School Musical. Aren’t they cute? 15th. Everyone enjoyed a gift ex- change, cookies, and punch. The big The annual winter program surprise was when Santa came to visit was held on December 7th and each of the residents had their with approximately 200 peo- picture taken with him. Everyone ple attending. The staff and enjoyed being together. children spent many hours practicing for their perform- ances which included finger A special thank you to Mr. Monk for plays, poetry, singing and helping make this another wonderful dancing. Afterwards the Christmas Season for residents and families and staff shared in staff. making crafts, followed by fellowship, cookies, and St. John’s Villa St. John’s Villa Christmas 2008 Annual Appeal 701 Crest Street Fund Raising Events P.O. Box 457 Carrollton, OH 44615 End of the Year Gifts St. John’s Villa requests financial Phone: 330-627-9789 Eleventh Annual gifts once a year, for all the people who are served at the Villa. Begin- Fax: 330-627-4826 Dinner/Auction Website: stjohnsvilla.net ning on Thanksgiving day, this ap- March 8, 2008 peal opens and closes the end of Massillon Women’s Dinner January. Each year our generous Published quarterly April 26, 2008 benefactors help us to meet a goal of President: Sister Elaine Weber Mother’s Day $50,000 for our programs. Your Contributing Writers: China Drawing generosity is very much appreciated. Sr. Helene Mertes, Sandy Hawkins, May 11, 2008 Dawn Nichols, Sixteenth Annual God bless you for your generosity Sr. Elaine Weber, Golf Outing and best wishes for a peace-filled and Susan Williamson. September 5, 2008 and productive year! The family of Photographers & Layout: Fall Festival/Walk-a-thon St. John’s prays for its benefactors daily! Sister Helene Mertes & October, 2008 Susan Williamson
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