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Imogen Anderson: The exceptional exception to the rule

By Mary Riley | April 25, 2020 |

Imogen Anderson is an exceptional volunteer who is actually a real life exception to the rule. Although the 16-year-old junior at Terre Haute North High School doesn’t yet meet the minimum age requirement to volunteer for the Sisters of Providence, she is able to help the Congregation because she has met the “exception to the…

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Betsy Frank: Faithful and consistent

By Jason Moon | April 21, 2020 |

“I can’t wait to get back to visiting when the current situation improves.”

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Sisters of Providence respond to compelling need for health care

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 13, 2020 |

The willingness of the Providence Health Care staff to forgo the efficiency of a set schedule in favor of a more spontaneous model of care speaks volumes for their commitment to recognizing and respecting the dignity and individuality of persons in their care.

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Sisters preserving memories through memory books

By Katie Harich | May 24, 2019 |

Memory books detail and preserve aspects of a person’s life history with photographs, artifacts and narratives. They facilitate life-affirming interaction, encourage deep reflection and celebrate life events through story-telling and reminiscing. And they are effective in stimulating memories, especially for individuals living with dementia.

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Making someone’s day just by showing up: Teen shares her experience as a Providence Teen Volunteer

By Amanda Lakstins | May 16, 2019 |

We usually think of volunteering as weeding a garden or picking up trash (those are important too, of course), but it can be more. It can be making someone’s day just by showing up. It can be learning things you never knew from someone who experienced it first-hand. It can be the satisfied feeling you get when someone laughs at a joke you made. Volunteering isn’t just mundane tasks. It’s knowing and feeling and connecting with people.

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Education in everyday caring makes a difference

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | January 10, 2019 |

Staff members who participated in dementia care training share how it makes a difference in their everyday care giving: Don’t take any behaviors personally.** Build trust by spending time with each person.** Learn to read the cues of a person. A non-verbal person may ordinarily smile as a greeting; but if there’s no smile, she’s having a bad time of it.

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Hey teens! Make someone’s day this winter and spring

By Amy Miranda | November 2, 2018 |

Hey teens, there are lots of benefits to volunteering with our retired sisters and health care residents this winter and fall. Read all about them and sign up to volunteer here!

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HOME, a place to nurture the well-being of others

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | September 13, 2018 |

It is rare that a Sister of Providence going to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods doesn’t say, “I’m going home.” It is rare that visitors to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus don’t remark on the beauty, the peace and comfort they experience on the campus. It is rare that the Woods isn’t described as a special place or as welcoming.…

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Youth, elders learn from each other

By Sister Cathy Campbell | September 12, 2018 |

After visiting with Sister Marceline Mattingly, age 102, Jolyssa Cortez wrote: “I asked her in what year she was born and she said, ‘1915.’ I think that is amazing because she lived through so much history in her life. She said the most amazing part of the history she lived was seeing the technology industry grow. After my visit, I felt like a whole new person.”

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A dementia friendly HOME at the Woods

By Sister Denise Wilkinson | May 25, 2018 |

HOME is a culture change. Its intention is to make the entire Woods a dementia-friendly place for both those living with cognitive challenges and for their families and friends. HOME is an acronym for Helping Ourselves Meaningfully Engage.

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Leadership Team letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan

By Sisters of Providence | November 10, 2017 |

‘Though there are a variety of issues that are negatively impacted by the proposed federal budget, the issue of health care seems most critical’

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Expanding the story of hospitality

By Sister Ann Casper | November 4, 2014 |

The party was going strong, but Marianne was not there! I inquired and was told that she was out in the courtyard. Were we ever surprised and pleased that just at that moment Marianne was being presented with a pocket watch belonging to her aunt, Sister of Providence Marion Celeste Bisch.

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