Recognition of Community Volunteers
HONORING HOLY ANGELS' PAST
Senator Marshall A. Rauch
In 1955, Marshall Rauch was instrumental in raising funds to construct the Morrow Building, named after our first resident, Maria Morrow. This building remains our main building. As a state senator, Marshall helped Holy Angels find a long-term source of federal funding that continues to support us today.
HONORING HOLY ANGELS' PRESENT
Dr. C. Ellis Fisher
Serving as Holy Angels’ Medical Director for over 40 years, Dr. Fisher has provided compassionate care, a healing sense of humor and spiritual support for our residents and their families anytime day or night – 365 days of the year
HONORING HOLY ANGELS' FUTURE
The Italian Mammas
In 2010, the two sisters, Mimma Ferrondo and Franca Gatteschi came from Italy, bringing their recipes and their joy for life to create Grazie Mille – a fundraising dinner that’s blossomed into an annual three-day event for Holy Angels. Later their cousin, Lele Vitali and friend, Cristina Carletti joined them in this wonderful annual event. This event has grown and flourished with the help of our favorite Italian Mammas who shared their generous spirits, passion for food and love for our children.
Power of the Past Tractor Club
These dedicated lovers of tractors have raised over $250,000! Members of the Power of the Past Tractor Club have refurbished 21 Angel Tractors – selling raffle tickets – one dollar a ticket –And they’re not done yet – there is the last 22nd Angel Tractor – a 1950 Ford 8N.
They have spent countless hours working on the tractors and traveling many miles to sell the tickets – all for our creative arts program and the refurbishing of our Snoezelen rooms. What a difference they have made in the lives of our residents.
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.
Bank of America - Global Technology and Operations
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.
Recognition of Holy Angels Staff Members
Taylor has been employed at Cherubs Café & Cherubs Candy Bouquet since 2009. What the staff love most about working with Taylor is his sense of humor and the way he teases his co-workers. He is an expert dishwasher and is very methodical making sure every dish, pot and pan are spotless. He spends time at Cherubs Candy Bouquet gluing fun candy on stems and wrapping the stems. He will always make your day with his big smile.
Jennifer started her employment at Holy Angels in 2013 as a member of the Foundation staff – initially as our special events coordinator and was soon promoted as the Director of Development. Ask Jennifer why she is at Holy Angels and she will tell you, “I am here for the residents” and it is evident in every aspect of what she does. When giving tours, Jennifer’s personal knowledge of the residents, their certain nuances and habits, demonstrates that she holds not only our mission, but our residents, close to her heart. She enthusiastically raises funds in our internal and external events and is a great spokesperson for Holy Angels when she is out in the community.
Amy has a kind and compassionate spirit that resounds throughout the Morrow Center on the weekends. She keeps up to date on the changing needs of the residents in her care and has top notch direct care skills. Amy is a team orientated employee who willingly helps wherever needed including working additional hours. She enjoys spending time with the children in Area One and cares for them as she would her own.
Dee Martin has been at Holy Angels for over 18 years. She is a dedicated Job Coach at Cherubs Café. The supported employees benefit from her gentle ways and patience. Nothing seems to ruffle Dee’s feathers – especially when it comes to the supported employees. It is evident that she loves each supported employee and they love her. Dee is also a favorite with Cherubs Café customers.
Amanda has been a respected nurse at Holy Angels since 2004. She has served in many roles during her tenure, including the roles of staff nurse and nursing supervisor. She has assisted our residents by being an advocate at off campus appointments, helping with many onsite clinics and by volunteering to meet staffing needs on her scheduled days off. Amanda’s caring attitude is contagious to the new staff members she trains as well as to those she has worked alongside of for 13 years.
Named in honor and memory of Holy Angels' first resident for her spirit of love, perseverance and can-do attitude.
Kristina has a great rapport with the South Point Community Group Home residents – she is always positive, easy going and even when things aren’t so smooth – she never seems to lose her cool. She creates a fun and loving environment for the residents. When it comes to fun activities – she can be counted on to make sure all are included and having fun. Kristina always has a smile on her face – she reflects joy in her work with the residents.
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.
Named in memory of a member of the nursing staff who had an unbounded spirit of generosity.
Lynn has been employed at Holy Angels since December 1996. has a great rapport with the residents and staff. She is always going above and beyond the minimum to enhance the school environment. The Area 2 staff all benefit from the wealth of knowledge that Lynn brings into the classroom each day – 20 years’ worth of knowledge. When one of her residents needs to spend time in the Fisher Healthcare Center – she makes a point of checking in on them to see if they are in need of anything. At Holy Angels, we are appreciative of Lynn and her ability to provide excellent care to our residents.
Recognizes a staff member's extraordinary and exemplary efforts on behalf of Holy Angels and the residents we serve.
Paula, who serves as the program director for the ICF/IIDD group homes, is the person to go to if you want the job done right!! She is respected among her peers and her staff know she will advocate for them. The residents are always Paula’s top priority, she wants the best for them, and therefore she ensures that all the staff are properly trained. She sets the bar high and expects the staff to perform at that high level. One of Paula’s strongest qualities is her ability to mentor and teach others. Her work is always thorough. She is best described as a Mentor and highly organized.
ABCD Award Winners
Those who go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
Keisha has stepped in to act as the lead in Moody Place when there has not been a lead staff working. She is very knowledgeable of the job tasks and runs the home efficiently when acting in that role. She ensures activities are completed and schedules are followed. Keisha is a team player; always has a positive attitude when asked to complete additional job responsibilities. She is resident focused. Keisha faces challenging situations with a smile. According to Keisha, “I came to Holy Angels because I enjoy this type of work and had heard Holy Angels was a great place to work. I continue to work at Holy Angels because it is more than a job. It is a very rewarding and humbling experience to work here."