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Little Sisters of the Poor


 

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The Little Sisters of the Poor are an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. Continuing the work of Saint Jeanne Jugan, their MISSION is to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself. Their VISION is to contribute to the Culture of Life by nurturing communities where each person is valued, the solidarity of the human family and the wisdom of age are celebrated, and the compassionate love of Christ is shared with all. They value REVERENCE for the sacredness of human life and for the uniqueness of each person, especially those who are poorest and/or weakest; a FAMILY SPIRIT: a spirit of joyful hospitality embracing all with open arms, hearts and minds; fostering participation in the life of the home and rejecting all forms of discrimination; HUMBLE SERVICE: the desire to raise others up and to put their needs before our own; an appreciation of simple, everyday tasks and experiences and humble means in accomplishing our work; COMPASSION: empathy for sharing the weaknesses and sufferings of others; eagerness to relieve pain in all its forms and to make the elderly happy; and STEWARDSHIP: the recognition that life and all other goods are gifts from God and should therefore be used responsibly for the good of all; trust in Gods Providence and the generosity of others to provide for our needs; just compensation for our collaborators; a spirit of gratitude and sharing. Volunteers are needed to serve the elderly poor by assisting with the Little Sisters of the Poor and their staff. The areas that are in need of help are the following: Dining Room, Kitchen Task Projects, Medical Department, Helping in the therapy department by transporting Residents to and back from the therapy during their therapy fitness games, or helping in the units by putting laundry away, delivering water pitchers to the rooms, and help make beds in the Residents rooms. Attendance and commitment are critical. Arriving on time helps with the tasks assigned. Schedules are made so they can get everyone to help them, so everyone can give the best quality care and love to their Residents. Service schedules are in the morning between 8 AM 11 AM with Dining Room Service between 11:45 AM 1 PM or 5:45 PM 7 PM and a student's particular schedule is approved only by the LSP volunteer coordinator on site. Students should have their own transportation (This is an approved site for Foley Center direct service.) Marie Callaghan volmobile@littlesistersofthepoor.org
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