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Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Announce Theresa Dudzik Innovation Grant Winners

Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie announces the 2018 Theresa Dudzik Innovation Grant winners in the video presentation below. Thank you to all who participated this year.

Here is the official press release written by Patricia Sims from Franciscan Ministries:
(Also photos of the grant check presentation are below)

Lemont, IL - March 7, 2018 -The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago has named Franciscan Village in Lemont, Marian Village in Homer Glen, St. Joseph Village in Chicago, and the Madonna Foundation, as the recipients of its annual Teresa Dudzik Innovation Grant. The grant was established over 25 years ago in the name of the Catholic order’s foundress. Its purpose is to encourage advances in serving the poor, elderly, and needy, by providing seed money for outstanding initiatives.

Submissions were accepted from member organizations designed to increase the quality and quantity of programs and services offered within Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. Additionally, the award encourages creative problem solving and encourages professionals to document, display, and share their successes with others in a spirit of caring.

Franciscan Village and Marian Village are both senior living facilities. They teamed up to develop a social services program called, “Sharing Your Legacy through Storytelling.” This program enhances the residents’ penchant for storytelling through the use of technology. It will culminate in an oral presentation of personal stories taking place on stage at their respective facilities, as well as a commemorative DVD for family members to enjoy.

St. Joseph Village of Chicago is also a senior living facility and they will be implementing a program called, “Developing A Process of Cultural Transformation.” It is designed to enhance the development of the leadership team, the recruitment of front line staff, and the retention of associates who are aligned with the organizations’ mission and values through a Living Joyfully initiative and the change strategies of the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Change Package.

The Madonna Foundation provides scholarships to girls from the Chicago area, whose families are experiencing economic difficulties, so they can attend single-sex, Catholic high schools and have access to a variety of enrichment and mentoring opportunities. They designed a program called "Financial Literacy and College Readiness Program." It will help break the cycle of poverty by educating the scholars and their families about financial literacy, resume writing, and ACT performance.

About Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago is a congregation of Catholic women living the Gospel life and dedicated to serving others for 123 years. They serve the people of God through works prompted by their charism: care for children, the sick, the infirm, and the elderly.