Volunteer Recognition Brunch - St. Augustine Health Ministries

(Cleveland) St. Augustine Health Campus, located on the western end of the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland, welcomed nearly 100 volunteers, guests and staff to its annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon on Sunday, May 20th.  The event celebrated the generosity of individuals committed to the mission of the health campus and recognizes milestones achieved by select volunteers.  Among those honored were David McVean, Volunteer of the Year for 2017, an honor that dates back to the inception of St. Augustine’s volunteer program in 1970.   This award is given to individuals who exemplify devotion, commitment, love, compassion and concern for others — the residents, other volunteers, and staff of the Health Campus. 

Volunteer of the Year

Dave is a volunteer who has gone beyond our expectations and also embodies our mission to continue the healing ministry of Christ,” offered Dana Carns, Director of Advancement.  “He exemplifies this every day through his compassion towards others and his generosity of spirit, spending time with residents in both our skilled care and assisted living facilities.” 

Outstanding Service Awards

McVean was recognized for his commitment on both sides of Detroit Avenue – visiting with residents, assisting with special events, developing spiritual programming, providing opportunities for community-building and contributing content for both facilities’ newsletters.

Volunteers receiving Outstanding Service awards included Matthew Turner, Renee Wroblewski, Jerry Vavro and Debbie Jaros.  Each was recognized for going above and beyond their assignment responsibilities to make a meaningful contribution to residents and staff.  In 2017, these four Individuals provided over 1,300 cumulative hours of service to the St. Augustine Health Campus.

Other volunteers honored for their service included Mary Ann Basista, Joseph Stavole and Lindsey Tehorik for achieving 5,000 lifetime service hours and Robert Clark for 25 years of service and 15,000 lifetime service hours.

In 2017, over 22,000 hours of service were provided by more than 200 volunteers who serve the St. Augustine Health Campus and Holy Family Hospice in Parma. Staff members paid tribute to the volunteers in the attached video: https://youtu.be/CnRWUVZ-6L8. You can view additional pictures of the event at https://bit.ly/2GKFAo0


St. Augustine Health Campus has been a leader in serving the chronically ill and aging of our community for nearly 50 years. Services include short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing, assisted living and long-term care.  St. Augustine Health Campus is minutes from downtown and adjacent to the Gordon Square Arts District and is a service of St. Augustine Health Ministries and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.