We are grateful for the generosity of the Guild of Our Lady of Providence for providing Pernet, along with four other recipients, backpacks filled with school supplies for our youth embarking on a new school year. Thank you for your continued support!
In front, youths Ben and Logan.
In back - Joanne Mallozzi, Sheilah Dooley, Jo Luikey, Katherine Davitt, Sr.
Pat Murphy, Meg Kursonis, and Catherine Doran
On Thursday, August 3rd, State and City Representatives along with the Central Massachusetts Youth Jobs Coalition and YouthWorks came to visit the Green Island Gardens (GIG) program at Pernet Family Health Service. The Youth put together a presentation and garden tour speaking to the goals of the GIG program, and their experiences thus far. For many of them, this is their first job. The Green Island Gardens’ mission is to beautify the retail district and residential area. In the Green Island neighborhood, GIG shows beauty and pride in the neighborhood and engages the community in gardening.
Pernet's youth employees spoke about developing leadership skills, communication and collaboration, connecting with and helping the community, time management and learning how to use garden tools. They also spoke about the bonds they are making at their positions. One of the Youth Leaders, who participated in the program last year, spoke to how she has been developing new leadership skills this year by managing others.
Among those who attended were State Senator Harriet Chandler, State. Rep’s Dan Donahue and Mary Keefe, Frank Kartheiser, Kate Campanelli, Tony Poti, Judy Kirk and others.
Enjoy the following photos from the visit, tour, and fun!
Youth from the Green Island Gardens Summer Jobs Program had fun today screen printing tee shirts with the Green Island Gardens logo on them! Check out their works of art below!
Pernet was recently featured in the Catholic Free Press. Please enjoy the clip above showcasing the article!
Pernet held a Thank You reception for funding for building upgrades and security. This was a big success! We had the City Manager Ed Augustus, Mark Fuller of the Fuller Foundation, Mayor Joe Petty, City Councilor Sarai Rivera, Chris O’Keeffe from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Brian Sullivan from Commerce Bank, United Way representatives, community members, the Little Sisters of the Assumption, the Pernet Board of Directors, Pernet staff and volunteers. It was a nice event to thank our funders and the vendors who completed the projects. Tours were available to view the projects and the new security cameras were viewed on the large TV in the conference room.
Every three years the Massachusetts Department of Public Health conducts an unannounced survey on the quality of Pernet’s Nursing Program. As we were planning our “Thank You” reception for City Manager Ed Augustus and the Fuller Foundation, the DPH surveyors walked in. We have to drop everything and take them on Nursing visits and produce documents for their inspection for these surveys. They were here for two days and finished right before the reception. Pernet passed with flying colors. We are in compliance with all quality measures and deficiency-free! Joan Perna, RN gets the credit for well-organized records and good nursing practice
Yesterday was a beautiful day to work at Pernet’s garden site! Throughout the past couple weeks, the Youth Group has been preparing the raised beds and loosening up the soil for vegetable seedlings next week! We will be picking up our plants at the REC Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale located at the Worcester City Hall Common this Saturday!
Check out the event page here, and be sure to stop by and say "Hi!" at the Pernet table!
Today, the Youth Group had its final Nutrition Class in partnership with the UMASS Extension Nutrition Education Program! We’ve learned about sugary drinks, food labels, fast food, and healthy breakfast options over the past four sessions, and made lots of delicious, healthy meals together! Here are some pictures of us making a Greek Salad Wrap!
During April vacation, the Youth Group went on an all-day field trip to Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum depicting Rural New England during the early 19th century. Here are some photos from the cobblers shop and the working farm! The students had a lot of fun!