May 2 was supposed to be our Annual Franciscan Night—a night filled with socializing, entertainment, fun, and food in the style of the Kentucky Derby. Many of us had our fascinators ready and were excited about the event. But alas, like so many other events, it had to be canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
However, although the event has been canceled, the needs remain. This annual event raises money to support the eldercare of our sisters at Assisi House where there are 104 sisters living. Three separate shifts of clinical workers tend to them throughout the day.
When asked about the greatest challenge in coping with the situation right now, Sr. Margaret (Peggy) Egan, administrator at Assisi House, simply said, “keeping the virus out of here,” which has demanded both changes to daily routines and creative problem-solving when it comes to lack of supplies. “ I can’t tell you how many things we’ve sanitized,” said Sr. Peggy. “Everything down to the last bingo chip for the sisters’ beloved bingo games gets sanitized and strict guidelines for social distancing and isolating sisters exhibiting symptoms of illness are observed.” Fortunately, no one residing in Assisi House has contracted COVID-19 although some have begun to hear about people they know who now have the virus. Obviously, this is difficult, but the staff continues to innovate ways to keep everyone’s spirits up.
Your help is needed to help us to continue the wonderful care of our sisters at Assisi House. Any little bit would be appreciated. Use the form below to donate today!