August 15, 2020
Dear Family & Friends,
The weeks have just flown by and we want to hurry to give you an update on the latest news from “185”.
Thank God all in the Home are negative after weekly COVID-19 testing. The Sisters and Staff get tested every week. The Residents continue to be real heroes as we wait for certain restrictions to be lifted. We sometimes have to wait for things cautiously for the good of all, and I know it is hard for family and friends.
However, we have purchased ipads so that the Residents can see and talk with their family and friends. This is working out well. We have already implemented visits outdoors with masks on and 6 ft. social distancing. However, it has been very hot in July and August, so our Staff set up tents and fans. The rules change frequently, so we have to keep an ear to the recommendations, and now only one person can visit at a time. Masks must be worn at all times.
We had hoped to open the beauty salon, but were told to put that on hold right now. When we are permitted, which should be in the near future, we can only permit ONE Resident in the shop at a time, but they can wait in the Mall. I know they won’t mind waiting, as just knowing they are in line will be a real joy for them.
Also, the Residents are asking the Jeanne Jugan Associates and volunteers to do some shopping for them. Of course, the families stay involved as much as they can, but we need to ask everyone who helps with this to leave packages at the front door, and then we will call the Residents to come for them. This can be hard, but we have to follow the directives of the State. We are grateful for all you do to help us in this regard. Online shopping and ordering is another option.
We plan to have our Golf Outing on August 20. It will be a limited event, with around 75 golfers. Also, our Nun Run will take place in another location on September 12. Only a few volunteers will help with this. The Sisters will not be present at either event, as right now we have been asked to be cautious and to remain home praying for both events.
Thank you for all the support you bring us, especially through your prayers, and also for the various items you leave for us on a regular basis; Kleenex, fruits, vegetables and bread.
This month on August 30, we will be celebrating the feast of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan. This Home is blessed to have her as our patroness. We are confiding to her all the families, friends, volunteers and Associates who are so much a part of our family here! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and understanding in so many ways.
May the Holy Family, through the intercession of St. Jeanne Jugan, be a ray of sunshine in the days ahead. How much God loves you all!
Gratefully and prayerfully,
Mother Margaret Regina and the Community of Little Sisters.
Click here to read a related article from The Dialog, March 27, 2020, "Distraught, determined Little Sisters of the Poor deal with coronavirus death, illness at Jeanne Jugan home in Delaware"
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