“Friendship” takes on a new meaning

Lake Placid—On June 28, 2012 Mercy Care for the Adirondacks commissioned new Friendship Volunteers Rip Allen, Frederick Marks, Ph.D., and Ruth Richards. Mercy Care has recruited and trained more than 70 Friendship Volunteers who have contributed nearly 9000 hours of volunteer service in the Tri-Lakes area since January 2008.


(L to R) Frederick Marks, Ph.D., Ruth Richards and Rip Allen.

Sr. Catherine Cummings, RSM, Ed.D., R.N. directs Mercy Care’s Friendship Volunteer and Parish Nurse Programs. Sr. Catherine remarked, “Love of neighbor is what Mercy Care is all about. These wonderful volunteers are sharing their kind hearts and helping hands with elders in our community who could use a friend or someone to assist them so that they might be able to age in place more successfully.”

 If you are interested in becoming a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer or Parish Nurse or if you are an elder and need the services of a Mercy Care Volunteer, please call Sr. Catherine at 523-5582. The next Friendship Volunteer training class will be held in Saranac Lake in the fall.

 Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy to enhance the fullness of life of elders. Mercy Care invites volunteers of all faiths to its Friendship Volunteer Program. Assistance is provided to elders of all faiths. There are no fees for its services. It is supported with charitable contributions and grants.

 Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is governed by a local board of directors and can be reached at 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946, by calling 523-5580, or by e-mail at dbeal@adkmercy.org More information can be found at Mercy Care’s web site at www.adkmercy.org

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