Spring 2019 Appeal
You are amazing!
Did you know that last year we were able to help our retired Sisters because you answered our requests for helping us with our greatest need? One of our largest expenditures is for health related needs. These costs continue to rise and there’s no end in sight. From day to day, there are a variety of health concerns and expenses that include mobility issues. Gratefully, we have been able to fund most of these needs because of your help.
Our Sisters still need you to help with rising costs of health care. We depend on you for our source of income, as our working Sisters decrease and our aging population increases. We manage our own resources and have made the best effort to keep our living costs (independent living and assisted living costs) as low as possible. We are able to ensure our retired Sisters receive day-to-day care, as a need arises.
A number of sisters are no longer driving and are dependent on each other to get to doctor appointments, physical therapy and scheduled IBVM gatherings. It was becoming onerous to transport Sisters who use mobility devices, including wheel chairs, to and fro! Since we considered that safety was also a concern, we knew that a handicap accessible van would be a solution for us.
Rosemary Lynch, IBVM, who once drove preschoolers to and from school and later drove Sisters to their appointments, has not driven in over a year. She recently shared, “I never really thought about how dependent I would become once I became unable to drive, and especially now that I need a wheelchair!”
Last year we applied for and received a grant that would provide some of the money we needed for the ‘special vehicle.’ In late September, thanks to several of our faithful donors (many of you!) who attended our 25th Annual Gala, we were able to purchase a new fully equipped van! It is a real godsend and is used on a regular basis by Sr. Rosemary and several other Sisters living in the Chicago area.
Taking care of each other is vitally important and we give thanks for helping us with the care of our retired and infirm IBVM Sisters in Chicago, Phoenix and Sacramento.
Our IBVM Sisters will always delight in sharing the gospel truths of our loving God with our neighbors and where we have a presence. Thank you for considering how you can help us. May all glory and honor be given to our risen Lord, as we thank you for your compassion, friendship and support now and throughout the Easter season.