|Srs. Ginny, Elaine and Mary Ann White|
|Sr. Eileen, General Council and Srs|
.Lorraine and Donna who staff the house
Our next stop on the tour was St Joseph's Neighborhood Center which provides comprehensive health care, counseling, adult education and social work to individuals and families who lack access to health insurance. Established in 1993 as a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Center is committed to raising the health status and quality of life of individuals and families. To learn more about this center visit their webpage at http://www.sjncenter.org/.
I want to share with you what one
|Sr. Donna and Alyson|
St Joseph's sees over 1,500 patients in a year, many with multiple visits. They rely on over 250 volunteers to achieve their goal of serving the uninsured.
|Jake helps out with the prescription |
program and taught a class for 5th graders
Then it was off to the Bethany House Catholic Worker, with whom the Sisters of St Joseph collaborate. They have four live-in volunteer staff and 10 bedrooms for staff. Lots of SSJs volunteer at Bethany.
|Sr. Jean with her "Princess"|
|Nap time at Morning Star|
dedication to provide this type of "24 hour family" to these special children. It was so obvious that these children are loved, seen as individuals and provided with the types of stimulation and care that allows them to reach their greatest potential.
|Daystar's state of the art building|
Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, Inc, is New York State’s first-and-only provider of medical day respite services for children up to age five braving serious, and often life-threatening medical and developmental complexities. Daystar’s one-of-a-kind model incorporates expert pediatric nursing and respite care, therapeutic and educational support programming, and parent support and family engagement services. Daystar provides seamless coordination of other required therapies such as physical, speech and vision, working cooperatively with Monroe County’s Early Intervention program and area school districts, and offers music therapy and special education for all clients. Daystar strives to effectively influence the long term impact on the health and quality of life of these children.
When speaking about Daystar and St Joseph's Neighborhood Center, Sr. Eileen Daly commented, "We are involved in these organizations but without the financial responsibility. They are separately incorporated. Yet they offer us a way to leverage our presence and our impact."
The last place on my tour was the "Smart Camp, " a 3 week program occurring at Nazareth Elementary School. Founded in 1871, this building has served as an Academy for girls and now as an elementary program for youth aged pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. It is a strong
commitment for the Rochester sisters to remain as a powerful presence in what has become an underserved, high crime, poverty area. Many of the sisters still reside in the convents on the school campus. 65% of the children attending the programs receive subsidized tuition assistance and many attend the before and after programs. One sister uses the building in the evenings and weekends to provide an arts program for neighborhood children.
So, I think you can see that Sr. Kit Gray was right. You cannot tell the story of the city of Rochester without noting that the Sisters of St Joseph are making a difference.