The Greek American nursing home began with a vision and a dream of a dedicated group of Hellenes, approximately 60 years ago. These caring individuals foresaw the need to protect and care for the elderly, ill and destitute of our Greek American community, regardless of their financial stability. After many years of fundraising and careful planning, the community’s “dream” became a reality. The gateway to serve these individuals came to flurishion 10 years ago. We are currently nurturing 185 residents of which 135 are on Medicaid from various ethnic backgrounds. Our ambition is to raise awareness for the need to ensure the financial stability of our home, while maintaining the quality care our residents deserve.
Saturday, March 3, 2012 was a celebration of a successfull 10 year triumphant journey. The day began with the Divine Liturgy for our residents, followed by a Memorial Service and Artoklasia for the health and well being of our home, all our sponsors and supporters, the residents, Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. We thank Fr. Michael Stearns of SS. Peter and Paul in Glenview for a beautiful spiritual morning that pleased our residents immensely.
His Eminence, Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, officiated the Agiasmos Service with the assistance of Father Sotirios Malamis and Father Chrysanthos Kerkeres. The clergy walked throughout the building blessing the residents, staff, and guests of our home. Concluding the service, our guests were treated to a bountiful buffet of scrumptious appetizers, delicious homemade desserts and a variety of delightful refreshments. Entertainment was provided by Mr. Nicko Naidevov, a talented keyboard artist and multi-language singer, and our guests and residents had an opportunity to dance and sing along to some of their favorite old time songs. Staff assisted in providing personal tours of our home to over 400 guests. The feedback by our visitors was impressive and touching, many were astonished by the variety of services we provide to our residents, and the meticulous transformation on each floor.
Individuals who have not visited our home are encouraged and invited to come and witness first hand their investment in this great jewel. You will have an opportunity to hear and share great stories with our residents about their life. These individuals served as Parish Council and Philoptochos members, taught Sunday school, assisted at the annual festivals, patron saint feast days, supported fundraisers and attended our churches faithfully. Through their wisdom and life experiences, we are reminded daily the purpose of this home’s existence. These residents’ zeal and legacy is to preserve with perseverance our heritage, culture and faith.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and residents, we deeply thank you, for your unending support, loyalty and love to our Home. A special thank to the many donors that made our Open House Celebration a success, Amigos Foods, Sweet Connections, The GARCC Women’s Auxiliary and the many phenomenal ladies that baked and assisted. With gratitude we acknowledge your assistance in maintaining quality care with dignity, love, honor and respect to all in need.