Recognition of Community Volunteers
LEGACY OF LOVE
HONORING HOLY ANGELS' PAST
Richard M. Penegar
Mrs. Lucy Penegar along with her family accept the Legacy of Love award, presented posthumously to Richard M. Penegar.
Richard Penegar retired from Holy Angels Board of Directors in 2003, after serving for 45 years. According to Regina Moody, Holy Angels President/CEO, “Richard was making room for new ideas and younger members and ideas. He left us in good hands – he recruited his son-in-law, Mike Deely (who continues to serve as a board member).”
Throughout his life and in his quiet way he made a difference – not only at Holy Angels – but throughout Gaston County. Mr. Penegar served as an advocate; he was truly a voice for those who couldn’t speak for themselves. In a period of growth at Holy Angels, he shared his special brand of wisdom. And always he would say – “it’s for the children”. He left a lasting impact on Holy Angels and the residents who are served – leaving a legacy to be long remembered.
For 27 years Beth Whitaker has commuted to Holy Angels from the mountains of North Carolina to provide assessment and consultative services to our residents and community participants from a Psychological perspective. Using her long term knowledge and experience she has worked closely with the Interdisciplinary Teams at Holy Angels to provide a higher quality of life to the residents and community participants served in Holy Angels programs. Recently retired, her humble personality, flexible nature, approach ability and empathetic attitude towards all Individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities will be remembered for years to come.
Rich, an enthusiastic Volunteen since 2014, has assisted with Winter Wonderland, Haunted Greenhouse, and the Costume Dash. He has supported Angel Bowl for three years by being one of the top fundraisers as well as committing his entire day to assisting the Foundation with the event. Rich secured a grant for Teens Changing Gaston County in support of our newly created outdoor classroom.
Bailey has grown up at Holy Angels as her Mother, Lori Hanafin serves as our Director of Social Work – so Holy Angels is a second home for her! She volunteers year round, helping with events like Santa Day, Angel Bowl, Winter Wonderland and Haunted Greenhouse to name a few. Bailey started officially volunteering in 2014. She has developed a close bond with one of our youngest angels, Ethan. Bailey has enthusiastically been Wonder Woman at several Cotton Candy Factory events and is always willing to lend a helping hand whenever she is called.
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Led by Caroline Worchester, this group reached out to Holy Angels to purchase Christmas gifts for our residents, generously becoming “Christmas Elves”. They assisted with Winter Wonderland by baking goodies to share with guests and assisting residents with games and hayrides. They have completed several campus beautification projects from painting a gazebo to replanting a tiered flower bed for our residents to enjoy. The team also gives of their treasures, making regular donations that are matched by Bank of America.
Jodi has truly taken Holy Angels into her heart and shares her love for our mission wherever she goes. She has served on our Grazie Mille Gala committee, securing auction items and lending her creative talents. Jodi and her husband, John, have invited friends and family to our Gala as their guests as a way to educate and encourage others to celebrate and support Holy Angels. She has lovingly encouraged her children to weekly visits to two of our youngest angels as well as volunteer at Camp Hope during the summer.
Jeaniene has been a volunteer since 2005. She patiently and creatively works with our residents and LifeChoices participants to tap into their unique talents and help them express themselves through different artistic mediums. Jeaniene helped our residents create their first art show where special guests were invited to see and enjoy our residents’ art. She is a wonderful mentor to Amy and Cheryl. Cheryl’s mother Iris says that Jeaniene saw in Cheryl a gift no one else saw and with her encouragement, Cheryl has so much more self-confidence. Jeaniene has truly been a mentor as well as teacher for the residents and participants.
David and Joanne Sigmon
David Sigmon retired in 2014 after 10 years of service as the Director of Facilities and Maintenance. He willingly stepped back into this position when it became vacant, as well as continue to maintain his commitment to the summer boat rides as a captain and as one of our “top elves” in placement of Christmas decorations around campus. Joanne retired in 2015 after 30 years as the Director of Nursing, Employee Health Nurse, Volunteer Coordinator, and leadership in the Safety Action Team. She stepped in to assist the CEO when her executive assistant was on medical leave as well as volunteering her mornings as a receptionist. Together, David and Joanne have served as campus supervisors to allow staff to attend the Annual Employee Appreciation Banquet.
Recognition of Holy Angels Staff Members
Chris is an excellent helper at the café. He serves the lunch crowd daily, bussing tables and washing dishes. At candy bouquet he likes to put cello on stem. He is so willing to do any task that is asked of him. His smile is contagious and he is genuinely happy.
Ben started his employment at Holy Angels in 2015. He serves as the Database Administrator & Digital Media Specialist and is great at training other staff members on Raisers Edge. He knows many of the residents and goes out of his way to put a smile on their faces. Whenever he is out and about taking photos – he usually finds a personal connection in order to bring out the best smiles – whether resident, participant or staff member.
Christy has a wonderful knowledge of all the residents with whom she works. All of the residents enjoy her and have fun when she is with them. Christy serves as a role model for staff – while making the “job” fun. Christy is flexible and generous with her time – she has a great relationship with peers and supervisors. Her generous spirit expands beyond Belmont – she recently went on a mission trip to Haiti.
Harisha has a contagious positive energy and is an excellent trainer and mentor for her co-workers. The residents love her and she includes them in everything she does – Harisha makes their learning experiences fun. As the relief classroom coordinator, she is an asset to the Area 1 team – she has a unique way of motivating her staff and making the workplace fun and enjoyable.
April serves as the 2nd shift Campus Manager. She loves and cares for all the residents – they hold a warm place in her heart – and when time permits she will help out with their care, especially in the Fisher Healthcare Center. April keeps the staff motivated and teaches them how to best work as a team, helping one another. She has the heart of a mother and is kind in every aspect. Her staff agree.
Named in honor and memory of Holy Angels' first resident for her spirit of love, perseverance and can-do attitude.
Erin began her career at Holy Angels as an intern. She has a genuine love for the residents of Holy Angels, especially with Andrew. Both Erin and Andrew beam when they are around each other. During her time at Holy Angels, she has worn many hats, and she done it with a great attitude and perseverance. She has taken on the social media for the Cherubs businesses – and enthusiastically promoted them through Facebook and Instagram – gaining followers as she tells our Cherubs stories.No matter what is asked – she will find a way to do it – including wearing costumes for the Haunted Greenhouse or Winter Wonderland.
Named in memory of a member of the nursing staff who had an unbounded spirit of generosity.
Our residents and staff have been touched by the care and concern of this year’s winner – Joe Henehen. As the Cotton Candy Factory manager, Joe is always professional and has great compassion for the supported employees we serve. He is always willing to adjust his schedule and work for others or work extra hours. Joe helps the residents grow in skills and in confidence. Tommy especially likes to work with Joe. All day long you can hear “I am working with Joe at the Cotton Candy Factory tonight” He is committed to the mission of Holy Angels and well loved by all the staff and supported employees.
Recognizes a staff member's extraordinary and exemplary efforts on behalf of Holy Angels and the residents we serve.
Sr. Jill Katherine Weber, RSM
Sr. Jill Weber has served as the Holy Angels doctor of physical therapy and Holly’s best friend since 1988. Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy maintains,
“We should be shining lamps, giving light to all around us.” Sr. Jill has been our shining lamp for 29 years.
No matter the need, time of day – Sr. Jill came in to help. She cared for each resident – assessments, doctor appointments, reports, staff training to assure the PT goals were carried out correctly and making sure each one had the PT equipment they needed for their highest quality of life. Sr. Jill has served as an advocate for the residents and the staff, but most especially - Holly. From the day Holly arrived in 1990 – she stole Sr. Jill’s heart – and Holly has remained there for 28 years and counting.
Sr. Jill did ordinary things extraordinarily well - that sums up Sr. Jill’s legacy at Holy Angels – she gave unconditional love to each resident and staff member and saw unlimited possibilities in all.
Note: This award was presented during Sr. Jill’s retirement celebration.
On July 1, 2010, Val began his career in the Holy Angels support services department. It wasn’t too long until we experienced his many gifts and talents. He has a positive attitude - whatever challenges he may face each day – they are met with a smile. He will lend a helping hand and no matter the issue – he will strive to find a solution. Val is known for his “can do” attitude, professionalism and caring heart for the staff he supervises and more importantly the residents we serve. He currently serves as the Facility Services Manager as well as a positive role model for all.
Brandy began her career at Holy Angels May 26, 2009. Before her first anniversary, Brandy received the Rising Star award as an outstanding new staff member. As the Group Home Manager for the Belhaven IIDD Group Home, she serves as a role model for the staff who work there – and a mentor for new staff members. She continually strives to assure all residents who live in Belhaven receive the best care possible. Under her leadership – the day to day schedule of the home runs smoothly. She adds a spirit of fun to everyday activities, while assuring the residents and staff work and play together in a caring and safe environment. Whatever challenges the day brings, Brandy faces them with a smile and positive attitude.