St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst, is supporting a community program through the Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Department. An $8,000 Margaret d’Youville Grant will provide an Emergency Mobile Response Unit (EMRU) which will enhance firefighters’ ability to offer equipment and aid to victims in the event of a natural disaster.

In addition, the grant will provide safety training and awareness programs at St. Mary’s Villa Campus and in the local community for employees, families, and others with an emphasis on local schools, youth camps, community groups, and elder care facilities.

Fire chief Rich Motichka was on hand on January 31 to accept the check from St. Mary’s Villa Campus CEO Nancy Newcomb. Lisa Zamber (St. Mary’s Villa Campus CFO), Addie Rocco (St. Mary’s Villa Campus mission director), and Dave Leonori (St. Mary’s Villa Campus marketing director) were also present.

The generous grant was provided through the corporate office of Covenant Health, located in Tewksbury, MA. Covenant Health had its inception in the Grey Nuns Health System, a system of providers of quality health care under the governance of the Sisters of Charity, known as the Grey Nuns of Montreal. The order was founded by St. Margaret d’Youville in Montreal in 1737 to serve the poor and disenfranchised.

Covenant Health is a Catholic, multi-institutional health and elder care and senior living organization serving seven states. It was founded in 1983 to oversee the Grey Nuns’ health care institutions in the United States, and currently consists of acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living residences, senior living complexes, and a numerous community-based programs, including adult day health services.

“This is the first time we’ve donated so much to the fire company. Usually we do small, internal fundraising like selling hoagies or donating proceeds from employees’ lunch, around $100 annually,” remarked Ms. Newcomb.

She continued, “Because they are strictly a volunteer organization, we really appreciate that the Elmhurst-Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Department is always here for us, and helps to educate our staff on the importance of fire safety, comes to perform drills, and responds in emergencies.”

The staff at the St. Mary’s Villa Campus are extremely dedicated to ensuring the safety of everyone who resides at the facility’s nursing home and personal care home, so firefighters rarely have reason to attend to any calls there. “They’re so good that we don’t get called here too often,” said Chief Motichka, who stated that the firemen responded to 277 calls in the North Pocono area last year.

St. Mary’s Villa Campus consists of two separate residential facilities located on the beautifully landscaped grounds. A skilled nursing and rehab center can accommodate 112 clients, while the personal care and retirement home can accommodate 64 clients. St. Mary’s Villa has been serving the community since 1924.