Greetings from Missouri
My call to Religious life began during my senior year in High School. Being taught by the Franciscan sisters in grade school and the Loretto sisters in high school meant I had to choose which community to enter. Sr. Janice, SL told me it did not matter which community I chose, what mattered was to answer His call. I chose the Franciscans.
After teaching many years in the primary grades, some schools in St. Louis were consolidating or closing. St. Pius V school where I was teaching, was one of the schools that closed.
Later, I got a position at St. Elizabeth’s Adult Day Care Center in St. Charles, MO. Because of a decrease in senior adults and working only a few days a week, I left and got another position at SarahCare Adult Day Center in Bridgeton, MO. My Director, Ms. Deborah Mabrie, told me I would be working as an activities/nurse’s assistant. Recently, SarahCare Adult Day Center received a new business name. We are now called, The Mary Center Adult Day Care in Bridgeton, MO. The center opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. We serve breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack, but no dinner. Bus service is also provided if participants are interested.
My ministry consists of a lot of interaction with the adults at The Mary Center. Some ministry activities include chair exercises, craft making, bingo, card games, Rocking Chair tales (reading short stories), and many different types of trivia games. Other activities are done on the white board (makes me feel like a teacher again) and the computer. Since I am somewhat computer illiterate, my director or co-workers will set up the computer activities for me to do, such as Concentration Puzzles, Wacky Wordies and other interesting computer programs.
On Wednesday mornings, I lead the participants in an hour of Spiritual Care which includes songs, prayers, reflections and sharing. Our adults also enjoy celebrations of their birthdays, Friday movies and popcorn, and musicians that come to entertain them.
Other duties include serving food, feeding participants, dining room clean-up, helping participants with bathroom breaks, and at times monitoring and working with special needs young adults (age – 21-30).
I feel very much at ease and enjoy working with the adults. My hope is that they see love, care, and concern being provided to them. I am blessed to be in this ministry.