Our Friends in the DC Metro Area
Reach Out to Thank and Recognize ‘Our Heroes’
Our friends in the community – individuals and groups from the DC metro area – have rallied to provide meals and other goodies to our nursing staff and essential workers as an encouragement during these difficult times, and to help them stay hydrated, nourished, and healthy.
“Our nurses, CNAs and other essential workers here are very courageous as we fight to care for and protect our Residents,” said Dionne Jackson, our director of human resources. “Our employees are ‘our Heroes’ and deserve this recognition for their tireless efforts and dedication to providing comfort and loving-care to our Residents amid the coronavirus pandemic.”
Approximately 100 essential employees (maintenance, housekeeping, administration, and dietary/kitchen) and nursing staff work at our Home each day, on one of three shifts.
Kristina Arriaga, former executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, was the first to sponsor a lunch for our staff, arranging for donated boxed-lunches from Chick-fil-A. Katie Doyle, whose mother is a Resident, arranged for pizza and the donation of boxed lunches from Jersey Mikes.
Our closet neighbors at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine partnered with our friends from St. Louis de France to prepare meals and collect healthy snacks and drinks, which they delivered on several consecutive Mondays.
Genevieve Murphy, a long-time friend of the home, ordered more than 110-boxed lunches from Panera Bread. “I wanted to recognize the men and women who are on the front line against COVID-19,” said Genevieve “by providing meals for them as they continue to navigate their way through this challenging and stressful time.”
“We are so thankful for and thrilled by this outpouring of appreciation and support from the community,” said Mother Mary Michael “and thank each of you for your gestures of appreciation and gratitude offered to our devoted staff.”
We Little Sisters offer a heartfelt “thank you” to our staff, as well as to all healthcare workers, first responders, and essential employees around the world.