Little Sisters Present Annual Awards to Brinkmans, Faulhaber
The Cincinnati Little Sisters of the Poor presented their 2016 Legacy Awards to philanthropists Cathy and Tom Brinkman abd volunteer Carol Faulhaber at their annual Legacy Society Dinner last month.
The Little Sisters named the Brinkmans their Humanitarians of the Year in honor of their financial contributions to the Sisters and the home they operate for elderly people with no means. Their connection with the Sisters began with Cathy’s parents, Elizabeth and Walter Blume, who taught Cathy the importance of sharing their blessings with others.
“We have continued to support the Residents and Sisters because of the difference they make in people’s lives,” she said. “I came to know some of the Sisters and always trusted in their prayers and good works.” The Brinkmans’s generosity to the Sisters includes accommodating future needs through their estate planning.
Volunteer of the Year Carol Faulhaber began volunteering at St. Paul’s Home when she lived in Clifton in 2006. A subsequent move to Loveland didn’t deter her commitment — she comes every Tuesday to assist in the Restorative Therapy Department.
“I think I get more out of volunteering that I give,” she said. “I used to be a pediatric nurse so I thought now I’d like to care for the elderly. I bring residents down to the Therapy Gym; I water the flowers on their floors. I am blessed to be a part of their recovery and happiness.”
The St. Jeanne Jugan Legacy Society is a group of individuals who have made an extraordinary effort to support the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor, now and into the future. A Legacy gift allows donors to use their assets now in their own life and to leave remaining assets dedicated to the Little Sisters of the Poor. The Society is named after St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Founded more than 100 years ago, the St. Paul’s Home cares for elderly men and women free of charge, and is funded entirely by donations. The Little Sisters follow the footsteps of St. Jeanne Jugan and “beg” for donations from local businesses and churches; they also accept donations and volunteer work. Members of the same Little Sisters of the Poor currently fighting the US Department of Health and Human Services over providing birth control surgeries, drugs, and devices for employees out of their donated funds, the Little Sisters are located in 31 countries and five other American Cities, and will celebrate their 150th year in Cincinnati in 2018.
For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, see www.littlesistersofthepoorCincinnati.org.
Photos courtesy the Little Sisters of the Poor.
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