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Misericordia Volunteers Bring Joy to Presence Saint Benedict

New Partnership Leads to Expanded Volunteer Program

Mokena, Ill. – Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (6930 West Touhy Avenue, Niles) welcomed twelve new volunteers from Misericordia Home during a special Mass and blessing ceremony that included Saint Benedict patients, residents, staff and guests.

Since the blessing ceremony and day of training took place, groups of four Misericordia volunteers have started coming to Presence Saint Benedict each day - Monday through Friday, to help the rehabilitation and skilled nursing center’s residents and associates. The new volunteers assist in the laundry, therapy gym, ice cream parlor, kitchen, dining room and chapel, as well as in other areas where they are needed.

The Misericordia volunteer program is coordinated through Rick Nash, chaplain, Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Bernie Ladra, administrator, Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and Pamela Mitchell-Boyd, System Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Presence Health.  Nash, who is the father of two Misericordia residents and who now volunteer at Saint Benedict started the program in an effort to help his children and their friends give back to the community.

“Our residents at Presence Saint. Benedict have welcomed and truly embraced the Misericordia volunteers who come each day with smiling faces to provide compassionate help and companionship to our residents,” remarked Nash.  “Besides providing an opportunity for the Misericordia volunteers to give back to the community, this program is helping the volunteers to learn valuable job skills which may ultimately, it is hoped, lead to competitive employment opportunities.  Presence Health and Misericordia have entered into a unique and important partnership that builds community participation, helps persons with developmental disabilities to develop important job skills, provides care and companionship to our residents, and furthers the mission of both organizations.”

“Volunteer Service programs are an essential part of our operations at Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and throughout Presence Health,” stated Mitchell-Boyd.   “Volunteers play a meaningful role in helping us provide excellent customer service and personalized quality care for our residents, patients and their guests. We are honored to welcome Misericordia Home residents who are motivated to simply give back to the community, our community, into our Ministry.”

This new partnership enhances Misericordia Home’s belief that all people of all abilities should have the opportunity to be meaningful members of their community every day.  This partnership also enhances Misericordia’s Adult Enrichment Program which is designed to provide a meaningful, productive day for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


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About Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care as well as retirement living options. For more information about the services at Presence Saint Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, call 847.647.0003 or visit

About Presence Health

Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals Presence Health has a revenue base of $2.5 billion.

About Misericordia Home

The mission of Misericordia Heart of Mercy is to support children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who choose our community by providing the highest quality residential, training, and employment services. We provide the full continuum of care designed to meet each person’s changing needs and maximize his or her independence, self-determination, interpersonal relationships, and engagement in the community. Through our dedicated families, employees, volunteers, supporters and community networks, we offer an environment that fosters each person’s spirituality, dignity, respect, and quality of life. Learn more at

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