by Barb Quaintance
The holidays are a magical time at Misericordia. The decorations, the music, the sweet smells coming from the bakery, the holiday brunches, the excited residents. A very important part of making the magic happen are the volunteers who give their time and talent to Misericordia.
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by Linda Buchalo
There are many times that I truly appreciate Misericordia, but Saturday Mass is one occasion when I always feel grateful that my son, Andy, lives here. The entire ceremony is a testament to all that is good in the Misericordia community. This article is my personal story of the two reasons why this liturgy has so much meaning for me.
As a child, going to church was something I tolerated because I wasn’t given an option. I didn’t really learn to appreciate the Mass until I was older and began to understand more about the faith that I had always practiced. Andy has always been tuned in to liturgy. Many times, when I was cross or impatient with him, he reminded me what the priest said at his homily. If the presider skipped over a word or even a prayer, Andy would be sure to bring it up after Mass. He always looks forward to going to church. One of my concerns for Andy was finding a place where he can attend Mass, grow in his faith, and continue to participate in something that is very important to him.
On Friday, November 10, our Women’s Auxiliary held its Home for the Holidays cocktail party. It was a beautiful event, raising much funds for Misericordia. Kudos to the Foundation staff, the Kitchen staff, IT and Housekeeping. You did a wonderful job. The event was also a reminder of how many young adults are on our waiting list. These families are so anxious for services for their loved one. We are doing all we can to be ready when there are beds available.
On Sunday morning, November 12, our CILAs put on their talent show. It was truly delightful. It is amazing how talented our residents are with the help and direction of the wonderful staff, Bravo!!!
by Barb Quaintance
Basketball. Bowling. Track and field. Softball. Aquatics. Soccer. Floor hockey. Volleyball. Bocce. Rhythmic gymnastics. Golf. Snowshoeing. Powerlifting. Tennis. MATP (Motor Activities Training Program).
Whew! Those are the Special Olympic sports in which Misericordia athletes participate. Some are team sports, some are individual sports, but they are all very special for these special athletes.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics gives them ongoing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with other Special Olympians and their families. Athletes must be eight years or older and have an intellectual disability. There is no upper age limit. Wheelchair athletes also participate in sports such as track-and-field, bocce, wheelchair racing and bowling.
Click here to watch the first MFA Feature Newsreel highlighting the fabulous MFA volunteers at the CDS Staff Appreciation Lunch!
Learn more about Misericordia by reading Campus Connections, the newsletter for employees. Click here for the most recent issue, November 2023. Past issues can be found in Campus Connections under the Misericordia Info menu item on this website.
Misericordia's Christmas Cards are on sale now! Shop at our Heartstrings Giftshop on Campus, 6300 N Ridge (Tue-Fri 11-3pm, Sun 9:30-2:30pm), our Sweetheart Shoppe in Glenview, 989 Waukegan Rd (Tue-Sat 9-4pm) or order them online!
Click here to purchase -> https://www.misericordia.com/store/christmas-holiday-cards/
On Monday, November 20th, Misericordia is bringing The Fat Shallot food truck (made-to-order sandwiches) to campus for an appreciation event for Misericordia Staff. Volunteers are needed to greet staff, check them in and keep the area clean.
The Food Truck will be on campus at the Holbrook Lot (between Holbrook and Quinlan). Two volunteers are needed for each shift: 9:30 – 11:45 am; 11:45 am – 2:00 pm; and 6:00 – 8:45 pm.
Please sign-up at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4EACAE2DA7FBC52-45985871-thefat#/
Lisa Masucci & John Butler
MFA’s Volunteer Coordinators
Do you remember: the first Special Olympics medal your loved one proudly showed you? Your daughter’s walk down the Red Carpet for Artist in All? A lovingly-made Mother’s Day card from your son? The look of love between your child and a special staff member?
Think about all of these beautiful moments in your loved one’s life at Misericordia and reflect upon the fact that none of this would be possible without the devotion of our wonderful staff. We are now facing what Father Jack calls a second pandemic, that of a severe staffing shortage. While Misericordia is doing everything possible to hire and retain quality employees, the shortage requires our already hard-working staff to sign up for extra shifts, assume additional responsibilities, and work even harder to provide the uplifting environment where our loved ones can continue to thrive.
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