Hardest part was convincing them that they deserved a gift, Brown says.

    This past week, two tiny dreams came true, one for the Sisters of St. Joseph living at The SUMMIT Housing with Assisted Living Services (at the Villa St. Vincent) and the other for the Sisters of St. Benedict residing at Good Shepherd Hall Housing with Services (at the Mount St. Benedict).

    Housing Manager and Social Service Director Cindy Hulst said it’s part of “Making Dreams Come True,” a program by Benedictine Health System, Ministry Prayer Partner of Villa St. Vincent.  

    “Annually, we have the opportunity to submit an application to receive $500 to support a dream.  Traditionally, this money has gone to an individual living in a Benedictine Health System facility somewhere in the Midwest,” Hulst explained. “This year we decided to share the joy and submit an idea on behalf of all of our sisters in assisted living.”  

    The hardest part of preparing the proposal entitled, “A Sister’s Reverie,” was getting the ladies to consider the possibility of actually accepting a gift, said Quality Coordinator Jill Brown, RN.

    “Before I could even convince them to decide on what their dream might be, I had to persuade them that this small gift would bring them an extra touch of joy, which in turn leads to happiness and better health,” Brown said. “Healthy sisters mean many more prayers for all of us in the world which is a win-win for all.”

    The St. Joseph sisters are using their share for monthly get-togethers.  “We are so thankful!” said Sr. Maureen Surprenant. “We will be able to buy each sister a birthday cake of their choosing on their birthday month.”  

    A check was presented during a coffee party gathering to celebrate the occasion.  

    Last Friday, a popcorn and pop party kicked off a lifetime of weekly popcorn treats for Good Shepherd Hall.  

    “I was able to find private donors, whose willing and open hearts, combined with the ‘Making Dreams Come True’ money, made it possible for us to purchase an industrial grade popcorn popper,” Brown said. “I am thankful for the generosity of Benedictine Health System and the individual donors who make a difference for our Villa family.  The sisters have given their entire lives for all of us; it is fun to give back just a little to these great women.”