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Pillars in Action: Gentle Presence

December 13, 2017

It’s that time of year again…..Sleigh bells, Mistletoe, Christmas trees, and lights all around, the most wonderful time of the year.  While I love all of the fun of the holidays, I also love that it is a time where we can reflect on the real meaning behind it all….love! Christmas is a time where. . .

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Pillars in Action: Gentle Presence

December 6, 2017

JOY a feeling of great pleasure and happiness Synonyms: delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, rapture JOY experienced at St. Joseph Home. Joy can be experienced in many ways with many different people in our community.  You can feel the Joy when sharing time with our residents.  You can see the Joy on their faces when they see their family,. . .

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Pillars In Action: Servant Leadership

November 17, 2017

November is a month of Thanksgiving….and the St. Joseph Home Community has so many wonderful things to be thankful for.  In fact, the list would stretch miles long when you sit and count the many blessings.  The day to day normal at St. Joseph Home is what I am most thankful for; it is the. . .

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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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