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Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight: Bringing HOME to the Woods

April is National Volunteer Month. As we conclude our series, we wanted to feature volunteer opportunities with our new HOME Team initiative.

Calling all Volunteers! Calling all Volunteers! Come out to the Woods and be a part of our HOME Team!

The Congregation’s Well-Being Coordinator Katie Harich, MA, CPC, is looking for volunteers to help with the new Helping Ourselves Meaningfully Engage (HOME) Team.

Sister Barbara Doherty (right) with a volunteer from Hands that Serve during an outing at Deming Park in Terre Haute.

The purpose of this aspect of the HOME Team is to invite volunteers to help with existing programs or to create new programs using their particular gifts and talents. There are monthly and weekly openings available at this time.

“Whatever time you give is a gift,” Katie said.

She added the mission of HOME is to help “create a holistic campus-wide, positive culture of aging that is life-affirming and person-directed with special attention for cognitive, spiritual and emotional well-being.

Katie said she believes the renovation of the Congregation’s new engagement area, the Havlik Center – located in Providence Hall – could be completed in early May, which will help move programming forward.

Volunteer opportunities include accompanying elders to and from the courtyard, community room or Havlik Center; Provide one-on-one companionship – which can include visiting, praying, walking, talking or reminiscing; helping to engage an elder(s) in many activities available in the Havlik Center, including music, art, gardening, arts and crafts and more; leading small or large groups in activities; planning and organizing outings or riding along for assistance; or updating bulletin boards, posting notices, creating flyers and more.

Sister Rebecca Keller

Sister Rebecca Keller, who ministers as the Congregation’s Volunteer Coordinator, said “Helping with the mission of HOME is a need we have. Think about the difference you will be making by volunteering and the opportunity to build relationships, and the fun you will have in helping.”

If you are interested in volunteering while taking in the beauty of the Woods, contact Sister Rebecca at rkeller@spsmw.org or call 812-535-2878 or contact Katie at kharich@spsmw.org.

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  1. Avatar Bernadette Shonka, Obl.S.B. on April 30, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    The Sisters of Providence have been involved in ecology for a long time. Let’s not only work to save the earth, let’s pray to save western civilization. Today is the feast of St Pius V, who called on all of Christendom to pray the Rosary for Our Lady to intercede. The world situation is very similar to what it was 500 years ago. Our Lady’s intercession saved us then. Join https://www.catholicaction.org/take_heaven_by_storm
    Let’s save souls, our culture, and the beautiful earth God gave us to use, not abuse, for the benefit of all mankind. God bless you! Bernadette ’68

    • Avatar Nancy Kremer on May 6, 2019 at 8:30 pm

      When I retire, several years from now, my dream is to move to the Woods and assist as many of the Sisters as I am able. They have given me so much to be grateful for and each one is a special gift , mentor, confessor, teacher, wisdom seeker and friend to me.
      Much love and prayers, Nancy K Chicago. Il.

      • Amy Miranda Amy Miranda on May 7, 2019 at 9:28 am

        Thanks so much, Nancy, for your kind words and sentiment. Have you considered becoming a Providence Associate? We’d love to have you walk your journey with the Sisters of Providence and the Providence Associate community! https://spsmw.org/join-us/providence-associates/

  2. Avatar madonna b on May 1, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Hello Sr. Barbara Doherty also remembered as Sr. Vincent Ferror Mistress of Postulants 1964. Hope you are well. You look good in the picture.

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