During the month of March, Cabrini of Westchester celebrated two integral departments: Human Resources and Social Work! As the month came to a close, a special luncheon with the Administrative team was held in recognition of the many contributions of both departments.
As we work together to provide excellent care for elders, it is truly the people within our organizations that make the difference each and every day. Cabrini’s Human Resource department plays a critical role in finding and attracting the best people for the organization, ensuring cultures where employees can thrive, and investing in ongoing training, development, and benefits that help employees continue to challenge themselves while providing security for them and their families. They deserve recognition for the daily actions they take in areas such as workforce strategy and development, compensation and benefits, employee/labor relations, talent acquisition and management, wellness, etc. Thank you for all you do!
March also marks Social Work month during which we pause to celebrate Cabrini of Westchester’s Social Workers who are an integral part of the care delivery team and play a vital role assisting both short term patients and long term residents. Cabrini’s Social Workers connect individuals with needed community resources and help individuals and their families navigate various systems and circumstances. Passionate to ensure all of their client’s needs are met, Cabrini’s
Social Workers are highly skilled at addressing the physical, spiritual and psychosocial issues that may impact the care plan and optimize the quality of life of each individual. We are honored to recognize Cabrini’s Social Work team and thank them for the care they provide each and every day for our patients, residents, home care clients and family members and we commend them for the outstanding service they provide!
A new program, “Heart and Soul,” has been developed with the Pastoral Care Department at St. Cabrini Nursing Home and Cabrini Immigrant Services (CIS), Dobbs Ferry, NY. Heart and Soul was developed by Fr. Edwin Robinson, Director of Pastoral Care, Deborah Mosley, Trained Storyteller, Alex Riddick, Pastoral Care Associate and Lorraine Campanelli, Director of CIS.
The program is about bringing the goodness of God to others through scripture, song, storytelling, etc. We all know that when you do something from your heart, it touches the souls of others. The program started in February. Through the use of storytelling and song, we learned about the history behind certain songs. For example, the song, “It is Well With My Soul,” was written by Horatio Spafford. After suffering the loss of his daughters, he wrote this song about how he found Jesus despite all the sadness that he had experienced. Through storytelling, Deborah told the story of why Horatio wrote the words. Alex then led the group in singing the song. It was very moving and emotional.
In February, two of our Cabrini Kids and their Mom sang spiritual songs and played instruments. Truly they gave from their hearts and everyone’s souls were touched. The children played the trumpet and the piano, sang solos and sang with their Mom. The family, which is from Guatemala, sang the songs in Spanish. The words were translated into English. Many of the residents are mothers, fathers, retired teachers and principals so seeing the children, one who is in 4th grade and one in 5th grade, brought back so many happy memories. There were many tears of joy shared that day. The program ended with everyone singing, “This Little Light of Mine.” It was sung in English and Spanish. It was so joyful with all the voices singing as well as the different instruments being played. The children and many in the audience played the tambourine which added even more joy to the program.
Next month, we will be having Pastor William Mosley, his wife Deborah, along with the team from Cabrini sharing scripture, reflections and music.
Vincent J. Zucchetto, social worker at Cabrini of Westchester, was recently presented with the “Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta Early Career Elder Adult Advocate Award” at the “Reframing Palliative Care: Education, Research, and Advocacy” conference held at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, New York.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta, a passionate advocate for education and leadership throughout her entire life. She was a founder of the Collaborative for Palliative Care in Westchester and the New York State Southern Region. [Read more…]
Niharika Jaiswal, Chief Clinical Dietician at Cabrini of Westchester, was presented with the 2018 Employee of Distinction Award from LeadingAge New York, part of a national association of 5, 500 not-for-profit organizations. With her husband at her side and a baby on the way, Ms. Jaiswal graciously accepted the award on September 20th at a celebration held in her honor. This prestigious award is given to an employee who excels in her/his profession and who has served with distinction and made significant contributions to the betterment of services for the aged and infirmed. [Read more…]
Cabrini Immigrant Services held its annual Liberty & Justice Awards Reception on Thursday, November 16th at Estherwood Mansion in Dobbs Ferry, New York. The event was held in honor of the Sisters of Charity of New York and Thomas Dobbins, Coordinator of Justice and Peace and Producer of Sirius XM Radio at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.
In addition to the honorees, Marianne McGowan, ESL Coordinator for Cabrini Immigrant Services, was also recognized upon the occasion of her retirement for her 15 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the program and presented with an inscribed globe by Cabrini Immigrant Services Volunteer and former honoree, Sr. Damien Ciminera, MSC.
The honorees drew a record crowd of over 100 supporters and raised a record-breaking net of $28,000! The evening was made even more special with the presence of Provincial, Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, MSC (see photo below) and who shared a little-known fact about the history of Mother Cabrini. When Mother Cabrini arrived in New York with the first group of MSCs, they had nowhere to stay. They were taken in by the Sisters of Charity of New York and told they could stay as long as needed. As 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the Sisters of Charity of New York and the 100th anniversary of the passing of Mother Cabrini into eternal life, it was very fitting and moving to witness Sr. Pietrina, MSC, thank the Sisters of Charity of New York for providing Mother Cabrini and the MSCs with refuge and present them with the Cabrini Liberty & Justice Award!
Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs of Cabrini Immigrant Services, which include: English for Speakers of Other Languages (“ESOL”) Programs, after-school homework help program, assistance with preparations for the citizenship test, aid in procuring benefits, provision of health screening and referrals, and various other support and educational services. We are grateful to the honorees for their many contributions to immigrant services and all who supported this important fundraiser.
A Very Special Tribute to a Very Special Woman
July 7, 2017 was no ordinary day at Cabrini of Westchester. Anyone who entered the chapel for daily Mass could sense something special was about to happen. The chapel was more crowded than usual, there was noticeably an abundance of MSCs in attendance and there was a palatable sense of excitement in the air. It was the 71st anniversary of the canonization of Mother Cabrini and a day to honor an MSC who followed closely in her footsteps and served as a visionary, a fearless leader and a devoted servant who accomplished much and touched the lives of many: Sr. Regina Casey, MSC.
Known as a leader in higher education, Sr. Regina was appointed the President of Cabrini College at the age of 38. As one of the youngest college presidents in the nation, her leadership aided Cabrini’s transition from an all-female school to a co-ed institution. During her tenure, she also implemented Cabrini’s Evening Division and its Career Opportunities Program for adult minority students.
Sr. Regina devoted her life to God and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and went on to become the first American ever elected head of the order – General Superior – after being nominated at the international meeting in Rome in July 1972. Sr. Regina later served in the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus New York headquarters where she helped oversee the order’s hospitals and orphanages across North America.
In recognition of her exceptional qualities and many accomplishments, Sr. Arlene Van Dusen, MSC and Sr. Catherine Garry, MSC took to the altar to bestow an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from what is now Cabrini University to Sr. Regina Casey, MSC. Together, Sr. Arlene and Sr. Catherine read the Citation:
“Be it known that Cabrini University lauds and honors the work of Sr. Regina Casey, a fearless leader of faith, a visionary in higher education and a devoted
public servant….For these exceptional qualities and accomplishments, for embodying the values and spirits of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, for leading
Cabrini College, and for your dedicated services to, and leadership of, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University honors you.”
Patricia Krasnausky, President and CEO of Cabrini of Westchester, placed the hood on Sr. Regina as her fellow MSCs looked on with pride and admiration. Sr. Catherine Garry presented Sr. Regina Casey, President Emerita, the Degree “Doctorate of Humane Letters” along with a beautiful photo of the statue of Mother Cabrini that resides on the University’s campus. Both of which remain proudly on display in Sr. Regina’s room.
Cabrini of Westchester recognized the achievements of three honorees at its 19th Annual Fundraising Event, The Sharing in Mission Dinner held on May 10, 2017 at the beautiful Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, NY. Thanks to the honorees, sponsors, donors and the 2017 Sharing in Mission Dinner Event Committee the evening netted almost $180,000 to benefit the ministry of Cabrini of Westchester!
The Evening at the Derby theme added a lot of frivolity to the evening. In keeping with the Derby theme, many guests arrived wearing the latest fashions and stylish hats. Guests were greeted by beautifully dressed young boys and girls selling raffle tickets and were served Mint Julips, a signature drink of the Derby. Upon entering the dining room, they were surrounded by red roses and centerpieces that featured racehorses and derby hats. Mike Bennett, a local radio host, kicked off the evening with his great wit followed by moving speeches from each of the three honorees. A highlight of the evening featured a virtual horse race where guests could buy a chance to win $100!
This year’s honorees included: James and Nancy Landy, Lisa Venditti and Dr. Bangaruraju Kolanuvada (Dr. Raju). The honorees were chosen for their dedication to Cabrini of Westchester’s mission, which calls on individuals to be leaders, educators, advocates and sponsors of quality services to those in need of care and compassion.
On Thursday, April 27th, 2017 we hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Service. Our theme for the event was “Making the World a Better Place” which is the recognized theme for National Volunteer Week.
An inter-faith prayer service was held in the Chapel where we presented long term Volunteer Peggy Coffey with the first ever “Spirit Award” in recognition of her 20 years of volunteer service to Cabrini! Music and refreshments followed on the north patio on what turned out to be a beautiful day. The food was great, the music was entertaining and the company was the best! Each guest received a small gift box of a key chain with a colorful butterfly and the Cabrini logo as well as a card that expressed the gratitude we have for the service of each Volunteer.
We truly thank our Volunteers who should know that we could not accomplish the great work we do without their help!
“On Saturday, February 4th, Cabrini Immigrant Services of Dobbs Ferry partnered with a diverse coalition of community organizations to host the Westchester Resistance Rally in White Plains.
The protest, at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, was organized by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins who represents Dobbs Ferry among other Westchester towns and villages, and also included New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The event was organized in opposition to policies issued via executive order by President Donald J. Trump.
Senator Stewart-Cousins convened local leaders, elected officials and Westchester community members who came together in support of human rights and in opposition to policies banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and the construction of a multi-billion dollar wall between the United States and Mexico.
“As President Woodrow Wilson once said, ‘The history of liberty is a history of resistance,’ ” said Stewart-Cousins. “The organic demonstrations of people all over the world underscore the importance of American ideals and values.”
The event followed weeks of protests and rallies since the Presidential Inauguration.
Meanwhile, on February 4th, while other Cabrini staff members were protesting in White Plains, Lorraine Campanelli, Director of CIS, was a panelist on the “Forum on Immigration” at the Yonkers Public Library, presented by The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, The Westchester Black Bar Association and The Regional Immigration Assistance Center. Lorraine spoke about the many services available at CIS-DF. “It was an honor to hear from attendees that Cabrini is well respected and is highly recommended by so many other agencies,” said Lorraine Campanelli who has been asked to join “the team” as they travel to different regions of Westchester County.
Previously, on January 28th, Concerned Families of Westchester rallied in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY to protest President Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda. The staff from Cabrini Immigrant Services, Dobbs Ferry, along with several tutors and their spouses were in attendance