A Continuing Care Retirement Community A publication of St. Paul Homes Historically Related to The United Church of Christ Winter 2007 Volumne XLX No.2 A Publication of St. Paul Homes Our Eden Journey Page 3 Outreach Pages 6 Christmas Appeal Page 3 On The Home Front Page 2 Joining Generations Page 5 St.
Paul News Good Search Page 7 Eden families enjoy time together. Join us on our Eden Journey! A message from G.
Bryan Oros, Executive Director. Raising money for local charities. Bringing younger and older adults together!
Visit us on the Internet at www.stpaulhomes.org St. Paul News Celebration Marks 140 Years of Caring Traditions Special gifts for residents of St. Paul Homes.
Search engine benefits St. Paul Homes. Recently, the residents of St.
Paul Homes cel- ebrated the Home 9s 140 th anniversary with friends and family. cA Day in The Life, d the theme for the event, gave guests an op- portunity to see life at St. Paul Homes from the resi- dents 9 perspective.
The highlights of the day were entertainment, good food, and fellowship. The entertainment featured individuals and groups who in most cases entertain residents on a regular basis including St. Paul Homes 9 Choir, Thiel College Cham- ber Choir, Zion 9s Reformed United Church of Christ Choir, Mike Pistolesi, Sadie Thorman, Bonnie Campbell, Ed and Sandy Ceramuga and Joan Wentling.
At The Ridgewood, the Ridgewood Red Hatters were on hand to greet visitors. Also, guests were also invited to enjoy a special meal served on the patio at The Heritage. ... more.
Tours of the Home 9s campus and vari- ous accommodations were offered, while tour guides shared the history of the Home along with information about the various levels of care that it provides.
St. Paul Homes, historically related to the United Church of Christ, has been serving the needs of residents of western Pennsyl- vania and the sur- rounding states since 1867. Established in But- ler, Pennsylvania, to provide care for or- phans of the Civil War, St.
Paul Homes moved to Greenville nearly a century ago. While caring for orphans remained a primary focus during most of the Home 9s Date Set for 2008 Event Page 5 Caring Hearts on Fire Gala Friends Support Needs Page 8 Gifts to St. Paul Homes support needs of Home.
Published by St. Paul Homes, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community dedicated to serving the needs of the aging, located at 339 East Jamestown Road, Greenville, PA 16125. of St.
Paul Homes Board Executive Committee President .............................. Mr. Jeffrey A.
Wallace First Vice President.............. Mr. Douglas Anderson Second Vice President ..................Mr.
Roy W. Wilt Secretary ............................ Miss Betty Lou Artman Asst.
Secretary ....................... Rev. Philip J.
Garner Treasurer ..........................Mr. Joseph J. Despoy, Jr.
Asst. Treasurer.......................... Mr.
George McKee Board Member ...................... Rev. Edwin J.
Fromm Board Member .................... Mr. John B.
Millen, Jr. Board Member .................... Mr.
William T. Martin Board Member ...................... Mr.
Larry A. Redfoot Board Member .......................... Mr.
Terry Wheeler Board Member ........ Rev. Dr.
Paul L. Westcoat, Jr. Executive Director .....................Mr.
G. Bryan Oros Board Rev. Dr.
Joseph Beer Dr. Victor I. Colaiaco Rev.
Raymond Faulds Mr. Rich Garland Mr. H.
Kenneth Gehr Mr. M. Scott Hartle Mr.
Howard Headland Ms. Julie Hills Mr. Thomas Hodge Mr.
Steve Hosmer Mr. Frank E. Jobe Rev.
Alan McLarty Mr. David Reeves Rev. Neil D.
Seifert Mr. Robert Sherbondy Mr. David Shulik Mr.
Samuel O. Swick Mr. James Topper Mr.
Ben F. Walker Mr. Jack N.
Walter Members Emeritus President Emeritus Mr. William E. Johnston Mr.
Clarence R. Lessig Rev. Dr.
Robert K. Nace Mr. Paul W.
Nettrour, Jr. Mr. Gene G.
Smith Mr. William E. Johnston St.
Paul Homes is a corporation by the Legislature of the State of Pennsylvania. Dorseyville Home for The Aged was organized in June of 1928 in Dorseyville, PA. It was closed November 1974.
St. Paul Children 9s Home began its work in Butler, PA on October 10, 1867. The Home was moved to its present location near Greenville, PA on February 24, 1909.
It was closed June 6, 1971. St. Paul 9s Old Folk 9s Home was organized on June 20, 1927 in Greenville, PA, and was moved to West Salem Township on September 7, 1946.
St. Paul Homes does not discriminate in race, creed or color. An equal opportunity employer.
RITA CLEMENTE, EDITOR Phone--------------- 724-588-7610 G. Bryan Oros Executive Director Board of Directors St. Paul News On The Home Front Greetings!
I particularly enjoy this time of year as it gives me op- portunity to look back at everything that the year had to of- fer. Once again, this past year was filled with many blessings and for that I am very thankful. Life at St.
Paul Homes seems more settled these days than it has in the past few years. With the construction and expansion efforts well behind us we 9ve all been able to focus more on our residents and daily life. It 9s hard to believe that we have been in The Villas for nearly three years and The Heritage for more than a year and a half.
This year we 9re celebrating our 140 th anniversary. Since our establishment in 1867, St. Paul Homes has evolved from a Children 9s Home serving families of the Civil War to a state of the art retirement community serving hundreds of adults.
A kick off celebration held in September marked the beginning of our anniversary and hosted many of our families and friends from over the years. Today, our attention and efforts have shifted to our Eden Journey. We, the staff with me included, continue to learn new ways to do things making life better for our residents.
As Dr. Bill Thomas (the founder of the Eden Alternative) teaches us, cIt is better to live in a garden than an institution and medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master. d So we are committed to creating a human habitat at St.
Paul Homes where nurturing the human spirits of our residents takes priority. We re- cently received our recertification as a registered Eden Alternative home and continue our efforts in validating Principle One 3 creating awareness of the plagues of the human spirit 3 loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. It 9s a journey 3 and we invite you to come along!
In the midst of the holidays I 9d like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your personal interest and support of St. Paul Homes. St.
Paul Homes has been able to provide a home and services to thousands of people through the years because of folks like you. Thank you for sharing your time, talents and resources. May you be blessed this Christmas and in this new year.
Secrist Celebrates 102 Margaret C. Secrist, a resident of The Villas at St. Paul Homes, celebrated her 102 nd birthday October 29 th .
Margaret, a daughter of Lyle and Eva Peck, was born in Andover, Ohio on October 29, 1905. She is a graduate of Andover High School and Oberlin Col- lege. Margaret taught high school English for nearly 30 years.
Margaret survived her husband of 35 years, John Secrist, and one sister. John and Margaret had no children. Margaret is a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ where she played the organ until she was 90 and also sang in the choir.
She enjoys baking, cooking, scrabble, dining out, and plays. Marga- ret golfed until she was 80. Margaret attributes her long life to good genes and a loving family.
3 Resident Christmas Appeal While Christmas is still weeks away, work is already underway to assure that all residents of St. Paul Homes receive a gift this Christmas. While some residents receive gifts from family and friends, for others, the only gifts they will receive are those pro- vided by the Home.
And with 300 names on a Christmas list, purchasing and wrap- ping the gifts for Santa and his elves to distribute is not a small task. Pat Krumpak, director of volunteers at St. Paul Homes, checks to make sure that every resident is included in the list.
Next comes the shopping for gifts, fol- lowed by wrapping and attaching the name of a resident to each gift. A team of volun- teers assists in the preparation of the gifts. Finally on the day before Christmas, Santa and his elves, with help from the staff of the Activities Department, distribute gifts to all of the residents.
Santa comments that he enjoys mak- ing the yearly trip to distribute gifts to the residents. cWhen you see the smile, a wink or get a kiss on the cheek, it is evident how appreciative the residents are. d The Resident Christmas Appeal pro- vides the funds that enable St.
Paul Homes to provide all residents with a gift. cThe generosity of our donors help to assure that our residents will receive gifts at Christmas, d explained Bryan Oros, executive director. To make a gift to the Resident Christmas Appeal, use the envelope en- closed with the St.
Paul News and check the box for the Resident Christmas Ap- peal. Our Eden Journey Since April, our residents, their fam- ily members, and staff members have been meeting together as cEden families. d Eden families are identi- fied by areas in which residents live and staff work, each comprised of approximately 20 residents and an equal number of staff members.
During these months, Eden fami- lies have committed to spending time together to get to know one another better, share in fun families activities, and learn about things that are im- portant to each other and how each family can work together to make life better for one another. According to the Eden Alternative 9s philosophy 3 our Eden families are csoil warming d 3 warm- ing the soil through relationship build- ing so that together we can work to grow our garden or human habitat. cThe core concepts of the Eden Alternative are simply saying that we must teach our selves to see places where our elders live as habitats for humans and not facilities for the frail and elderly.
Through the Eden phi- losophy we learn what Mother Na- ture has to teach us about vibrant, vigorous living. d For more informa- tion visit http:// w w w . s t p a u l h o m e s .
o r g / edenalternative.htm St. Paul Homes is a registered Eden Alternative home. first 100 years, it broadened its mission to serve the elderly as early as the 1920 9s.
Initially housing the elderly in homes along Eagle Street in Greenville, this por- tion of the Home 9s service was moved to the campus along PA Route 58 in 1946. The orphans and children 9s care pro- gram ended in 1971. The main portion of what was the Health Center was built in 1974 with further expansion and ad- dition of the Alzheimer 9s Unit in the 1980 9s.
Identifying the need for an indepen- dent living community for seniors, St. Paul Homes initiated the Cottage Colony Es- tates in 1973. The community grew to 58 cottages and 17 apartments.
To serve seniors who needed more personal care, yet who continued to seek a level of independence, The Ridgewood assisted living facility was completed in 1995. A second assisted living facility, The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley, was built in Hermitage in 1998. This facility is a cooperative venture between St.
Paul Homes and UPMC Horizon Hospital. In 2002, Cottage Colony began to expand through Woodland Cottages single family homes. To date, 7 new cot- tages have been built with lots for 27 more to come over the next few years.
In 2005, St. Paul Homes opened its state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility, The Villas. The Villas houses 192 resi- dents in a residential setting while meet- ing their nursing care needs.
In July of 2006, renovations of the previously occupied health center were complete and The Heritage at St. Paul Homes opened offering aging-in-place, independent and assisted living. Today, nearly 450 people of all faiths reside at St.
Paul Homes and 360 people are employed in various capacities. St. Paul Homes is Mercer County 9s only continuing care retirement community.
Continued from page 1 A collaborative program of Thiel College and St. Paul Homes - enhancing the lives of students and residents oining eneratio n G J Date Set for Second Gala St. Paul Homes has made its Christmas list, and checked it twice.
The list contains a number of equipment items to assist residents that churches, busi- nesses or individuals might want to provide. Included on the list are 6 wheelchairs at a cost of $450 per chair 10 slings for lifts to assist in lifting-moving residents at a cost of $450 per sling 3 rock-n-go chairs at a cost of $1,500 per chair 8 nursing pagers at a cost of $130 per pager 6 bedside stands at a cost of $430 per stand 6 dressers at a cost of $450 per dresser 2 styles of commercial toasters, one costing $700 and the other costing $1,000 5 under-counter freezers at a cost of $2,000 per freezer All of these items enable the Home to provide the best possible care for our residents. For more information on any of these items, please contact Bill Kirker, Director of Development at St.
Paul Homes. Something Special on The Christmas List The date is set for our second Caring Hearts on Fire Gala. Mark your calen- dars for Saturday, September 13, 2008 and plan to join us for an evening filled with great food and fellowship.
Once again, the event will feature si- lent and live auctions; proceeds benefit the residents of St. Paul Homes. For more information about our Gala, please contact the event 9s chairperson, Lynn Chuey at 724-588-7610, ext.
1322. In May, members of Joining Generation 9s CORE committee traveled to Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY to learn more about its intergenerational program with Longview Nursing Home. Joining Generations was established using the model developed by these two organi- zations.
Since May, the subcommittees of Joining Generations (Academic Oppor- tunities, Internships, and Service Oppor- tunities) and administrations of both cam- puses have looked at new ways in which to expand the program. During this fall semester alone, sev- eral classes have visited St. Paul Homes to tour the campus and learn about vari- ous services/programs of the Home, sev- eral student groups have participated in special projects or activities at the Home, a number of residents are auditing courses, an international student is completing his in- ternship in the marketing department, staff of St.
Paul Homes have presented to sev- eral groups at Thiel the opportunities for stu- dents, a resident served as a guest speaker in the classroom, and residents are attend- ing more special events offered by Thiel. Transpor- tation between c a m p u s e s seems to be the greatest challenge for both students and residents, and the admin- istrations at both cam- puses continue to discuss ways in which campuses can share re- sources to support one another and Pictured are members of Thiel College 9s National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) who came to help decorate for our Harvest Festival in October. Joining Generations.
If you 9d like to learn more about Join- ing Generations, visit http://www .stpaulhomes.or g/ joininggenerations.htm To learn more about the unique relationship between Ithaca College and Longview Nursing Home visit google.com and search cIthaca College/Longview Partnership. d 5 Guests Always Welcome! Joseph Scuillo Remembered St.
Paul Homes bids farewell to one of its devoted board members 3 Joseph A. Scuillo. Mr.
Scuillo served as a trustee for St. Paul Homes since 1993 during which time he served on the Budget and Finance Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Visions Committee. According to G.
Bryan Oros, cJoe was very knowledgeable and insightful when it came to financial matters for St. Paul Homes and we appreciate his dedication and service over the years. d Outreach Supports Area Fundraisers In the future, if you 9d like to receive this publication via email, please contact Rita Clemente at firstname.lastname@example.org To our many family members and friends - we invite you to enjoy our guest ac- commodations when you are visiting our campus or the area and wish to arrange overnight lodging.
The Livingood Guest Apartments are located in The Heritage and provide sleeping accom- modations for 2-4 guests in each apart- ment along with a kitchenette, television and telephone service. Fees are $60.00 per night for family members and $75.00 per night for folks visiting the Greenville area and needing overnight accommo- dations. To reserve a Livingood Apart- ment, please call Marilyn Moore at 724- 588-7610 ext.
1446. This year, residents, staff members, and their family members raised more than $17,000.00 to support local nonprofit or- ganizations including The American Heart Association, The Alzheimer 9s Association, and The American Cancer Society. From January through September, the cSt.
Paul Homes Patriotic Brigade d held various fundraising activities at the Home featuring Sumo wrestling held in early Sep- tember. In July and September represen- tatives of cThe St. Paul Homes Patriotic Brigade d participated in each organization 9s event 3 The Heart Walk, The Memory Walk and Relay.
Thanks to everyone who supported this year 9s efforts. We worked well as a TEAM 3 Together Everyone Achieves More! 7 Rose Hoffman Joins St.
Paul Homes 9 Family In our last St. Paul Home News we asked our friends to help us raise money for the cGood Samaritan Fund. d Prior to sending this newsletter to more than 8000 recipi- ents, we had been averaging almost 600 searches/ month.
It was our hope this large support group would significantly increase our monthly searches. Unfortunately, the in- crease was only been about another 50/ month. At a minimum, if only 10% of you used this search one time a month that would add 800 more searches per month.
We can only conclude one of these reasons for the poor response; very few of you have com- puters (unlikely), only a few ever search for information (also probably unlikely), or there was so much information in the news- letter you missed the announcement (we suspect and hope that was the reason). So, we are making another appeal for your sup- port and using this insert to call better at- tention to this important project. Here are the details: If you have a com- puter and use any search engine (Yahoo, Google, AOL, MSN, Ask, Netscape, etc), we encourage you to help us get free ANOTHER REQUEST TO HELP ST.
PAUL HOMES GET FREE MONEY WON 9T YOU PLEASE HELP US! THANKS money by using www.goodsearch.com powered by Yahoo! GoodSearch is avail- able for charities to earn money for every search and has zero cost to the Home.
How much can we earn? Every search will pay us $0.01. If that sounds minimal to you and not worth the trouble consider this: If 500 supporters use it two times a day, we get $3650 annually.
How do you use the site? Just access this internet address and enter St. Paul Homes in the box cI 9m supporting d.
Do it one time and on all future searches this name will appear in the charity box. Then type in your search question. The cause is very worthy to use the money raised for the cGood Samaritan Fund d that will help pay costs of care that some of our residents are not able to af- ford.
Assisted Living Week Celebrated cI Survived Camp Week d was the theme for this year 9s National As- sisted Living Recognition Week. Residents and staff enjoyed a week 9s worth of camp activities in- cluding crafts, sing-a-longs, fishing, and much more. The finale featured a campfire with Indian rituals.
A camp king and queen were selected for both The Ridgewood and The Heritage The national week of recogni- tion gives us opportunity to celebrate with our residents as well as increase the awareness of all that assisted liv- ing has to offer. St. Paul Homes welcomes Rose Hoffman as the new Director of Volunteers.
Rose is a native of Greenville and a graduate of Reynolds High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Administra- tion from LaRoche College in 2001. Rose worked at Greenville Hospi- tal for more than 26 years and for the past three years as the Assisted Direc- tor of Development for The Beatitude House in Youngstown.
Rose lives in Greenville with her hus- band Kip, the clinical administrator at the Community Counseling Center of Mer- cer County. They have two children 3 Matt, a software engineer in Washing- ton, D.C., and Annie, a research asso- ciate at the University of Pittsburgh. Rose enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
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14 Upper Left: Lynda Holm (right), president of the Northern Mercer County Com- munity Foundation, presents a check to Bryan Oros (center), executive director of St. Paul Homes, representing the first annual gift from the Mildred R. and Bruce A.
Landis Charitable Trust. The Home was among a number of charities to receive these gifts. Mrs.
Landis, a former resident of the Cottage Colony, established a charitable remainder trust prior to her passing in August 2006, to support favorite charities and provide college scholarships to students. At left is Rev. Larry Haynes, executive director of the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and East- ern Ohio.
The Northern Mercer County Community Foundation is housed within the Community Foundation. Friends Support The Needs of Our Home Lower Left: Tom O 9Brien tries out the new one-person lift recently acquired by the maintenance department to reach high areas such as ceilings in The Villas and lights in the courtyard. With him are his wife, Diane, and G.
Bryan Oros, Executive Director. The lift, which extends to 20 feet, was acquired through generous gifts from Tom and Diane O 9Brien, and from the Kavanagh Foundation.