Executive Director E-News 3-25-16 - Dorothy Day Award

Every year, we honor a volunteer or several volunteers with the Dorothy Day Award. This year, the selection committee of staff and former award recipients chose Pat O’Malley who gives her time at Moriah House.  Pat has volunteered for many years at WSCC and does so in such a kind, quiet, loving way.

The committee also chose to honor the nurses who serve in our twice weekly Nurse’s Clinics. The word quickly spread among the nurses that they were to be honored. Just as quickly, I received the following from Maureen Nally, one of the nurses. I share it with her permission as I think her feelings mirror what many of us feel when it comes to stepping out of our comfort zones.

Remember that Cat Stevens song "Tuesday's Dead?"  “If I make a mark in time, I can’t say the mark is mine. I’m only the underline of the Word.” That’s me, and my underline is not very straight!  I remember ten years or so ago when the clinic started.  I hesitated and held back for weeks because I was selfish and lacked confidence.  I had felt the call (I called it a nagging sensation) to do this for months, ever since a memo from our then CEO Mario Ciano about the need to give back when so much had been given.

I finally acted, but only after mustering enough faith and humility to get that it was not about me at all, but about the gift I had been given and where I was supposed to use it.  That simple.  I had no confidence in me, but great confidence in nursing.  I was likely the most reluctant volunteer ever, but found relief and much happiness and peace in the knowing and being in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing.  As per usual for me, received buckets more that I could ever give back to WSCC, and…. my employer……and my family, etc.

So deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve and to be a cog in the amazing wheel of life, learning, service, and love that is WSCC. I would tell anyone - that if the thought presents to volunteer, do not procrastinate, follow!!  (Oh gosh, another old favorite cover song 'I'll Follow The Sun' Judy Collins……..) Have a wonderful day.

Thank you Maureen! We're grateful for all our volunteers and we'll be honoring these wonderful women and celebrating all our amazing volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation event on Thursday, April 21st from 5pm to 7pm at the Atrium of St. Ignatius High School. Invitations will be out soon.

I am also pleased to share that, once again, WSCC is a Community Partner for the 40th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival. We are supporting the film, 'God Knows Where I Am.'

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body, lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignancy, beauty, humor and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I will be speaking before the start of each showing as follows:
                            Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 4:50PM

                             Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8:25PM

                             Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:30PM

If you are interested in purchasing tickets to see this film, or any other film, or for more information regarding the Cleveland International Film Festival, you can go to CIFF’s website http://www.clevelandfilm.org.

See you at the movies!