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Pillars in Action: Community

September 28, 2017

When I think of the Pillar of Community, I think of an environment that fosters love and teamwork. It is defined by a welcoming spirit that offers support and compassion and is free of judgment. St. Joseph Home has built a community for the residents and employees to feel loved, supported and engaged. We strive. . .

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Pillars in Action: Community

September 19, 2017

St. Joseph Home’s Pillar of Community, based on the principles of Jean Vanier, celebrates inclusion, building relationships and working together towards a common goal.  For me, that was highlighted last week as we honored all of the DSP’s during National DSP Recognition Week.  Our DSP’s are an essential piece of the SJH Community.  The physical,. . .

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Pillars in Action: Gentle Presence

September 8, 2017

Gentle Presence is based on the principles of John McGee and encourages us to make others feel safe, engaged, and loved; to have mindful interactions; to build valued relationships, and to create mutual trust and support. As I enter the building to start my work day, I pass the residents waiting to board the bus. . .

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Pillars in Action: Servant Leadership

September 1, 2017

When I first learned that I would be contributing to the St. Joseph Home “Community Conversation” by sharing an observation about our pillars in action, I immediately thought about my friend and mentor, Greg Cox. Over the two years that I have been employed as the Day Program Manager, I have witnessed Greg representing all. . .

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Pillars in Action: Servant Leadership

August 28, 2017

St. Joseph Home has a culture of caring and respect for others, the individuals we serve, colleagues, families, vendors, volunteers, and guests. This type of culture could apply to any of St. Joseph Home’s four pillars, but the one that comes to mind for me is Servant Leadership. Robert Greenleaf defines Servant Leadership as a. . .

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Pillars in Action: Heritage

August 18, 2017

Heritage is an important pillar at St. Joseph Home. It is so important to be able to reflect on where we have been to not only appreciate the challenges and sacrifices of those before us but to also learn and better plan for our future building on positives and hopefully not repeating the not so. . .

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Pillars in Action: Heritage

August 11, 2017

The team at SJH, all departments and all shifts, has spent the past year taking time to dive deep into our Four Pillars.  Some of these deep dives took the form of small group discussions. I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful small group on Heritage.  During the discussion time each of us took. . .

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Pillars in Action: Gentle Presence

August 3, 2017

St. Joseph Home is about relationships and companionship. Whether it is the caregiver to resident relationship, staff to family, staff to staff, volunteer to resident, and so on. So many relationships make St. Joseph Home an inspiring place. As John McGee coined in his theory on Gentle Teaching (or Gentle Presence as we refer to. . .

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Pillars in Action: Day Program

July 27, 2017

Last week as I was walking up to the Day Program I was taken back by the beauty of the landscaping and garden boxes. It was absolutely stunning! I decided to take a stroll down the pathway that has all of the garden boxes and planters alongside to take it all in. As I did there. . .

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Pillars in Action: Community

July 21, 2017

As you walk the halls of any St. Joseph Home program you can feel the unconditional love, hear the murmur of individuals finding their voice and see the excitement of the possibilities each person possesses. A few weeks ago I had the privilege to experience all of this first hand while talking to a parent. . .

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