August 31, 2012

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No letters were printed this week; here is the letter from last week:

Reader shares appreciation for ministry at A Caring Place

I am writing this letter to acknowledge what an excellent article was published on July 13, 2012, in The Criterion about Providence Sister Susan Dinnin and Louise Collet, both of whom helped lead A Caring Place Adult Day Services Program.

From the day I first arrived for my interview in June of 1997 with Sister Susan in the library and main activity room, I instantly felt welcomed by her, the staff and the clients which they were serving until my last day of employment as their activity coordinator in June 2007.

In fact, whenever I find myself in the Butler University area, I still drop by to see my friends at A Caring Place. I still think of the clients and the staff there as friends and family, not just clients to serve or as associates.

After my 10 years of service, I went on to work as the business office manager in Avon at my wife’s medical practice at Integrated Psychiatry at IU Hospital West.

Sister Susan left me with those lasting words, “Mark, use your gifts God gave you in working with people and with your writing to go on and serve others.”

In all of my 51 years on God’s green Earth, I have never met a more caring, humble, down-to-earth and more gracious individual than Sister Susan.

Louise Collet, the nurse at A Caring Place who also retired recently, had a huge heart and knack for caring. These are things not taught, but born deep within. Louise and Sister Susan created an environment which was and still is not only fun, safe and inviting, but also one that enriches the soul.

One of their gifts as well was a great sense of humor. They helped me learn not to take myself so seriously, and instead stop and smell the roses in life. Whenever you hear that song on the radio about a place “where everybody knows your name,” you know you want to go to A Caring Place.

Best wishes and Godspeed, Sister Susan and Louise.

- Mark Hummer | Indianapolis

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