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New Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers trained

October 24, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - On Sept. 14 in Saranac Lake, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks commissioned new Friendship Volunteers Carmine Salvo, Roger Gorham, Virginia Slater, and Jill Jones. Mercy Care has recruited and trained more than 60 Friendship Volunteers who have contributed more than 7000 hours of volunteer service in the Tri-Lakes area since January 2008.

Sr. Catherine Cummings, Ed.D., R.N., RSM directs Mercy Care's Friendship Volunteer and Parish Nurse Programs. Sr. Catherine remarked, "Some examples of the assistance Mercy Care's wonderful Friendship Volunteers are providing to their elder neighbors include transportation to help elders access their health care, home visits, spiritual care, accompanying an elder on an outing, or visiting their loved one in the hospital or nursing home. Friendship Volunteers help their elder neighbors overcome obstacles and enjoy a fuller life."

If you are interested in becoming a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer or Parish Nurse or need the services of a Mercy Care Volunteer, please call Sr. Catherine at 523-5582. The next training class will be held in Tupper Lake on October 25 and 26, 2011.

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From left to right are Carmine Salvo, Roger Gorham, Virginia Slater and Jill Jones.
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Friendship Volunteers complete 6 hours of training consisting of Physical Fitness for Older Adults, Community Resources, Spiritual Care, the Elder and the Family Perspective, among other topics. Training is provided by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Care board and staff, physical therapist, nurses, the Essex County Office for the Aging and the New York Connects/CARES Franklin County office.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy to enhance the fullness of life of elders living independently in their communities. Mercy Care offers its services to any older adult in need in the Tri-Lakes. There are no fees for its services. It is supported with charitable contributions and grants.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is governed by a local board of directors and can be reached at 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946, by calling 523-5580, or by e-mail at More information can be found at Mercy Care's web site at



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