Executive Director Nancy J. Berry

When St. John’ Pastor Katie Jo was planning the recent Youth Mission Stay Week, she asked if we at Community Care had a project they could tackle. Unfortunately, we could not think of tasks which would occupy 10 or 15 young people for a day, so she planned other activities.
Imagine our surprise when Pastor Katie Jo and the youth arrived at our door early one afternoon! The young people had asked what our church does in the Community Care building, so they stopped by. A volunteer pianist, Colleen Brady, was entertaining in the Adult Day Program, so I took the group into the courtyard to tell them about our mission and programs. When I told them how much our participants enjoy young people, one of them asked if it would be all right if they went inside and visited. I was delighted at the interest and encouraged them, but I expected most to be uncomfortable interacting with individuals with dementia, some of whom can no longer talk. Boy, was I wrong! Not only did every one of the young people interact with apparent ease, they also decided they wanted to stay until the very last participant was picked up by family after 5 p.m. Their Christian concern was evident and, I think, deepened by the experience. One of our staff members told me later that our young people’s actions brought tears to her eyes and emphasized to her how important her job is. This congregation has a bright future with these wonderful teens. I hope some of them return to volunteer with us.
We had another wonderful surprise in mid-July. Margie Renick handed me a check for $10,000! Margie has served as Secretary/Treasurer of Friedens United Church of Christ in Caseyville since it closed some years ago. The other trustees and she were able to sell their building recently. They chose Community Care as one of the organizations to benefit as they distribute the proceeds to charitable causes. We are deeply honored and grateful that this part of the UCC family recognized our ministries as part of the final chapter for their congregation.
Our third annual Golf Tournament was August 3. As always, I am touched and gladdened by the outpouring of our community’s support for this fundraiser. The committee, led by Phyllis Waltermire and Anita Whittington, has worked hard to organize a great tournament and many St. John’s folks are sponsoring holes and are golfing. Funds raised will supplement our operating reserves to assure we can survive future financial pressures and help us purchase furniture and equipment for the adult day program. (We are in the 11th year of providing care in our adult day program and need to replace many of the chairs we use daily. Presuming we are successful in adding another site in Edwardsville, we will need to purchase furniture and equipment for that location also.)
We continue our search for an appropriate, affordable facility to house an Adult Day Program in Edwardsville. Stay tuned! We are doing our due diligence while also seeking God’s guidance and wisdom on how to best serve His people.
showing them God’s love through our actions.