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McAuley Miracles: Fall 2018 Newsletter


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A Greeting from Sister Joan


To our beloved guests, volunteers, and staff at McAuley House,


I wish I could find the right words to express how grateful I am for your powerful support and loving energies that are truly helping me heal from the stroke I suffered this past June.


I have been working hard in rehabilitation to recover. I face a long road ahead, but there is progress and more rehabilitation to do.


In the meantime, the vital and inspirational services at McAuley House must go on with our wonderful staff working at full capacity. Barbara Haynes, our Executive Director, and others at McAuley House have encouraged me to be a part of the Ministry in the future once my health allows. Some time in later months, I hope that will happen so that I may be available on a limited basis. Barbara has respectfully asked for my suggestions and ideas on how to sustain and advance our programs, which I happily shared.



I send a warm hug to each of you for the extraordinary kindness and attention you have given me. That is better than any kind of medicine.


I thank you... I support you... I believe in you! And I love you with all the beauty and blessing within the Mercy Spirit!  - Sister Joan



Once You've Served Lunch on Us, You're Hooked: By Melanie Coon, Managing Director, Internal Communications, BCBSRI


Our partnership with McAuley is a natural. BCBSRI has been here for Rhode Islanders for nearly 80 years, and our CEO, Kim Keck, likes to say that community service is in our company DNA. Ask any employee the top reason they are proud to work at BCBSRI and you will get the same answer: our strong connection to all of the communities in our state.


More specifically, we understand the importance of providing nutritious meals to people who might not have easy access to healthy food or to a place where they can prepare a meal. Good nutrition is essential to good health - and our company is passionate about helping Rhode Islanders become healthy and stay healthy. Lunch on Us ensures that at least once a day Rhode Islanders from underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods can sit down to a filling and delicious meal. It's not a panacea by any stretch, but it can make a difference.


Where the difference really comes into play is this: Lunch on Us is about much more than lunch. Which is why so many of us vie for those coveted volunteer spots.


When the first group of guests is seated, everyone joins in prayer and sometimes song. Highlights of afternoon programming are announced. These pre-lunch rituals add a little joy to what is almost certainly a challenging day. Many guests are clearly struggling with physical and behavioral health problems. Some walk in carrying - or wearing - their life's possessions. Some are moms with small children. But at McAuley, everyone - no matter their circumstances - is treated with dignity, respect, and kindness. Plenty of compassion, but no pity. No one is rushed through the meal. The dining room is a safe, judgment-free zone.


Lifting people's spirits is a special expertise of McAuley Ministries. It's a gift the McAuley staff and regulars freely give to their guests. And all they ask in return is that guests enjoy the food and fellowship of Lunch on Us. That's an experience we can all benefit from sharing and passing along.
















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622 Elmwood Ave

Providence, RI 02907

Tel: 401-941-9013

Fax: 401-941-6862