Spirits Trigger at St. Monica’s Home for the Elderly – Jamaica Information Service
The morale of residents of St. Monica’s Home for the Elderly in St. Catherine has been lifted, following a renovation project for the institution by 2020 Civil Servant of the Year, Marie Hall.
As part of the project, dubbed ‘Legend of Gold’, Miss Hall and her son, Richard Smith, gave the building a facelift and made bathrooms safer and more user-friendly, creating a better quality of life for residents. residents.
She also presented a blood pressure monitor, oximeter and thermometer that she received from a donor in the United States.
The director of the home, Hermine Basco, tells JIS News that they had sought a donor to sponsor the renovation of the institution without success, and that Miss Hall arrived at the right time, especially as Christmas approached.
“I feel grateful and positive,” she says.
Miss Basco points out that a few months ago the Civil Servant of the Year walked into the institution, introduced herself and said that she wanted to do something to improve the look of the fireplace and needed to an authorization, to which she willingly consented. “We look a lot brighter as Christmas approaches,” she says.
“Our bathrooms have been renovated, so they are safer and more comfortable for our residents. Several items that we really needed were also donated by Miss Hall. This kind of donation is truly a blessing for us, and it is already making a difference in the lives of our residents, ”notes the director.
Miss Hall, who is principal secretary at the parish’s St. Jago High School and was shortlisted for the Civil Servants of the Year Technical Support category, says homes for the aged remain a key part of social protection, d ‘where the White Marl-based Home was chosen for urgent attention “because of needs identified during an on-site visit”.
“With First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union Limited (FHC) as a corporate partner, we have made a significant transformation at this facility. Our dedication and passion for public service is reflected and reflected in the lasting legacy and impact of this intervention on residents and staff, ”she said. JIS News.
Miss Hall adds that with the goodwill of management, “we have developed a bond and become a family”.
“We are motivated to continue to stand up for vulnerable people and children in our communities, to make connections, to build and nurture relationships and to create change,” Miss Hall said at the recent handover ceremony. .
The 2019 Civil Servants of the Year Awards were organized by the FHC, in collaboration with the Jamaican Government’s Civil Service Week Steering Committee, within the Ministry of Finance and Civil Service. The eligibility requirements state that applicants must have been employed for at least three consecutive years. Each ministry is invited to nominate up to two staff members.
Since 2019, three new award categories have been introduced into the Civil Service of the Year Awards, to broaden the scope of eligible candidates as part of efforts to revitalize the initiative. These are Technical, Management and Middle Management. Each winner receives a cash prize of $ 200,000. The three winners must complete a joint community project valued at $ 150,000.
“We are happy to have been able to serve our country as the Public Servant of the Year 2020. It has been a remarkable and rewarding trip and experience, and we have found purpose. This platform has given us a voice to change the narrative, create change and impact lives in positive, meaningful and inspiring ways. There is a real sense of happiness that we get when we work for a cause that is bigger than us, ”said Ms. Hall.
She notes that the volunteers on the various projects “are worth their weight in gold”, and their willingness to freely give of their time and talents “is greatly appreciated”.
Carlene Coley, Senior Marketing Officer at Credit Union, says the St. Monica’s project reflects what her business stands for and that “the true intention of public servants has always been to bring joy to families and communities within them. offering a helping hand ”. .
“It’s a job well done, it’s a project that they (the residents) deserve and they really appreciate it,” Ms. Coley said.
St. Monica’s Home provides residential care for the elderly who do not have the resources to take care of themselves and has the capacity to house approximately 30 people, providing comprehensive treatment for the elderly, as well as adults living with HIV / AIDS. It is managed by the Saint-Patrick Foundation.