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By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger

CLINTON — To celebrate Mission Week the first week of October, The Alverno participates in service projects in the community. It’s a way for the Franciscan and Gospel-centered professional care facility to live out its heritage. This year, The Alverno participated in two service projects, Sole Home and Share Our Sandwiches.

Deb Bergmann Heather Fier, activity director for The Alverno in Clinton, helps Alberta Brondyke cut out fabric for Sole Hope shoes earlier this month.

Deb Bergmann
Heather Fier, activity director for The Alverno in Clinton, helps Alberta Brondyke cut out fabric for Sole Hope shoes earlier this month.

Sole Hope is an organization offering hope, healthier lives and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs and medical relief. By providing shoes, the organization is able to help reduce the number of individuals affected by the painful effects of jiggers when they walk around without shoes. On Oct. 5, The Alverno community helped Sole Hope by hosting a shoe-cutting party. During this time, staff and residents cut out about 15 pairs of “shoes” from old jeans that they had been collecting. The “shoes” will be sent to Uganda where they will be sewn by tailors and then given to Sole Hope shoe makers who will distribute them to those in need.

On Oct. 6, The Alverno packed lunches, assembly line style, for Share Our Sandwiches. It’s a project founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton as a way to distribute lunches to persons in need in the community. Members of The Alverno’s staff, as well as a few residents, made about 75 sack lunches and assisted in the distribution of the sack lunches at three meal distribution sites.
Both of these projects provided a great opportunity for Alverno residents and staff to come together for a cause to help others in their community and around the world, said Deb Bergmann, director of marketing for The Alverno.

The Alverno Health Care Facility is located in Clinton and provides long-term living, short stay rehab and skilled nursing, memory care and respite care. For more information, call (563) 242-1521 or email alvernoinfo@mercyhealth.com.

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