St. Augustine Health Ministries is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in a variety of services, primarily for the chronically ill and aging. These services include home health care, long-term care, hospice care, assisted and independent living, home delivery meal services, and skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. In addition, St. Augustine also provides an early education and child care center.
The mission of St. Augustine Health Ministries is to continue the healing ministry of Christ by promoting the quality of life and independence of each person entrusted in their care. They accomplish this mission by providing health care and social services that meet the needs of those they serve with dignity, comfort and compassion. “That is how we view all of the people that we serve,” explained CEO Rick Meserini.
To meet the needs of all individuals helped by St. Augustine, a fundraising event called Top O’ the Towers is held once a year. March 3rd, of this year, was St. Augustine Health Ministries’ 20th annual Top O’ the Towers Benefit. It is their largest fundraising event, drawing a crowd of 500 to 600 attendees each year.
Organizing the benefit is an enormous undertaking, and preparation begins six months before it is held. St. Augustine’s Director of Advancement, Dana Carns, works with a handful of staff members and volunteers who help pull together this successful event.
It is an Irish themed event, with an Irish band, heavy hors d’oeuvres and plenty of opportunities to bid on auction items. It also features a “Fund the Need” project, where major needs are spotlighted and pledges are encouraged to fulfill as much as they can of the expense.
This year, Top O’ the Towers’ “Fund the Need” project raised $10,000 for the creation of a tribute garden at Holy Family Hospice.
In total, Top O’ the Towers raised over $150,000 for St. Augustine Health Ministries. The proceeds will be used help three initiatives: to create a tribute garden at Holy Family Hospice, to purchase specialty beds and mattresses for long-term care residents at St. Augustine, and to provide shelf stable meals to home-bound seniors.
If you are interested in becoming more involved with St. Augustine Health Ministries, volunteers can contact Mary Gagen, St. Augustine’s Volunteer Coordinator, or complete the online application form on their website.
Whether you assist with activities, transport residents, sit with patients, plan fundraising events, or even help out with the laundry, no act is too small to help enhance the lives of the individuals St. Augustine serves.