“I remember the first day I walked in the door of St. Joseph’s Residence, I felt like I was in heaven. After my conversation with Sr. Lorraine (who was the DON then) and learned more about the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor, I knew then that this place was meant for me. I believe that our Lord led me here to continue my vocation to take care of the elderly and follow the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
“Doing jigsaw puzzles keeps my mind and hands busy. Some of the puzzles bring back beautiful memories. One can select puzzles that suit one’s favorite pastime. For example, if one is a sports lover, there are sports puzzles. Other possibilities go on unlimited. While doing a puzzle, you lose yourself in what you are thinking or doing. Maybe you had a great day and working your puzzle makes it even more rewarding. If you’ve got a problem, work a puzzle. It’s fun and rewarding!”
“When I walked through the doors of St. Joseph’s, I thought to myself what a beautiful and clean home it was. It was decorated so nicely everywhere and had a homey feeling to it. I liked it right away and have been doing hair here for 32 years. (I have been a hairdresser for 42 years, so I’m an old timer.) I have met so many ladies here that I have grown close to. All the Little Sisters have been so nice to me. They are so wonderful to the Residents who live here. It will always be my favorite home and rated at the top of my list.”
I am a new Resident and former employee. How I came to be an employee is very unique. My car broke down in St. Joe’s parking lot and I came in to use the phone. While I was waiting at the front desk, Sister was at the desk and asked if I needed a job and I said yes. Shortly thereafter I came in for Mass and saw Sister who had been trying to reach me. I was immediately given a tour of the kitchen and Sister said “here is where you will be working.” I asked “does that mean I have a job?” Sister replied, “Of course.” I worked for 10 years before retiring and becoming a Resident. It has been a “wonderful marriage of experiences.”
Martha Perkins & Pauline Jahn, Residents, contribute to the daily operations of the country store. The country store is for Residents only and sells a limited line of personal care items, office supplies and other general merchandise. It is open for business a few hours each day and located next to the hair dresser, giving it a premier location and very good business. Included in the store is a donation basket for our active men and women in the military. Just like in any home, Residents at St. Joseph’s pitch in to help in whatever way they can. On a typical day you’ll find Residents busy in different areas of the building. Each brings a special skill or a favorite interest so everyone benefits.