November 25, 2014

Medina
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Pieces of the puzzle

By DORIS KILBANE
Faith in Action Medina County

Purchase a beautiful collage puzzle of the local Faith in Action churches and at the same time you’ll be helping local elderly needing a little extra help.

This professional, one-of-a kind, 500-piece puzzle is on sale now in all the local Buehler’s grocery stores, the Faith in Action office at 704 N. Court St., Medina, GTB Medical in Brunswick, and two assisted living communities on North Jefferson Street in Medina: Summerville at Camelot Place and Elmcroft of Medina.

The puzzle is a collage of 19 church buildings: Brunswick Reformed Church, First Baptist Church, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Medina United Methodist Church, Our Lady Help of Christians Parish churches (Community of Jesus Divine Redeemer, Community of Jesus Emmanuel, Community of Jesus Our Savior, Community of Jesus the Christ Child, Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd, Community of Jesus the Teacher), Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, St. Ambrose Catholic Church, St. Emilian Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Church photographs either were provided by the churches or taken by Amy Elsass of Wadsworth. The puzzle collage was designed by Joy Amos of Medina.

Faith in Action … in action

Proceeds from the puzzle help Faith in Action help frail, isolated or health-impaired elderly maintain their independence and dignity. It is a nonprofit network of community and faith-based volunteers providing the link between those who give and those older than 60 who receive. Through volunteers, it helps seniors needing a friendly visit, light housekeeping, household chores, a ride to the doctor or someone to run errands.

The volunteer services provided through Faith in Action bring much more than a ride to a doctor or a clean house. A former care receiver told Faith in Action, “After my hospitalization, my family insisted that I try to get some kind of assistance. Faith in Action was the help my family and I needed to overcome my illness and take some of the burden of caregiving off my family.

I’m grateful to the volunteer for giving me back my freedom. I have the choice to stay at home and relax, enjoying his friendly visits, or we can go to lunch just to get out the house for a while. This experience has certainly changed my life.”

Also part of the Faith in Action coalition are Christian Home Schoolers, Connection Church and Living Word Lutheran Church.
This year, volunteers have helped more than 400 seniors. Nearly half of these Medina County seniors are living on incomes less than $20,000 a year.

Faith in Action is a national program initially supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with educational and technical assistance from Wake Forest University. Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers is now totally dependent on the support of Medina County residents. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 158, Medina, 44258.

If you would like to spend a few hours a month or week helping an elderly person or if you need volunteer services, call 330-952-0342 during normal business hours.

Kilbane is the program director for Medina County Faith in Action.