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Our Community

 

Welcome to The Gardens of St. Francis! 

The Gardens of St. Francis is a senior living community that offers a continuum of care with assisted living, memory care, long-term care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation. 

Mission, Vision & Values

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Mission

As CommonSpirit Health, we make the healing presence of God known in our world by improving the health of the people we serve, especially those who are vulnerable, while we advance social justice for all.

Vision

A healthier future for all - inspired by faith, driven by innovation, and powered by our humanity.

Values

Compassion

  • Care with listening, empathy and love.
  • Accompany and comfort those in need of healing.

 

Inclusion

  • Celebrate each person’s gifts and voice.
  • Respect the dignity of all.

 

Integrity

  • Inspire trust through honesty.
  • Demonstrate courage in the face of inequity.

 

Excellence

  • Serve with fullest passion, creativity and stewardship.
  • Exceed expectations of others and ourselves.

 

Collaboration

  • Commit to the power of working together.
  • Build and nurture meaningful relationships.

Our Staff


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Executive Director

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Executive Director


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Director of Nursing

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Director of Nursing


misty-miller

Assistant Director of Nursing

misty-miller

Assistant Director of Nursing


cheryl

MDS Coordinator

cheryl

MDS Coordinator


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Director of Human Resources

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Director of Human Resources


kristy

Director of Marketing

kristy

Director of Marketing


erica

Business Office Manager

erica

Business Office Manager


darlene

Unit Manager

darlene

Unit Manager


kasey

Housekeeping Supervisor

kasey

Housekeeping Supervisor


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Social Worker

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Social Worker


navneet

Scheduler/Health Information Coordinator

navneet

Scheduler/Health Information Coordinator


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Activities Director

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Activities Director


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Director of Dietary

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Director of Dietary


heidi

 Director of Mission Integration

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 Director of Mission Integration


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Maintenance Supervisor

paul

Maintenance Supervisor

Giving

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“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi

The Gardens of St. Francis has provided long and short-term care to residents and their families with a focus on the core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence for many years. With the philanthropic support of our donors, we are able to enhance the excellent care at The Gardens of St. Francis and support initiatives that might not otherwise be available.

As a 501 (c)(3) organization, The Gardens of St. Francis has made the commitment to provide the highest level of physical and spiritual care to all of our residents for as long as they need us, even if they have outlived their resources. Your charitable gifts help support residents on our campus who may require financial assistance. So you can see why your support is so important to our mission.

To continue to enhance our mission, we accept donations from individuals, corporations, and organizations who have an interest in seeing us continue our service to the residents, their families and the greater community. Contributions to The Gardens of St. Francis may be sent us at:

930 S. Wynn Road
Oregon, Ohio 43616

Besides outright cash gifts, there are many other ways to give to The Gardens of St. Francis.

Ways To Give

Cash

The most popular and easiest way to make a gift is by cash or check. When paying by check, please make check payable to The Gardens of St. Francis.

Securities

Ownership of stocks and/or bonds can be transferred to The Gardens of St. Francis as a charitable gift. The value of your gift depends upon the market price of these assets when they are given. You may be entitled to a significant charitable deduction on your income tax return for a gift of appreciated securities.

Planned Gifts

Making a planned gift to The Gardens of St. Francis is a great way to ensure income for you and your beneficiary, achieve tax benefits and help make certain that quality care is available to our residents and their families for the future. Some examples of planned gifts include:

  • Bequest – Making a provision in your will or living trust of a specific dollar amount, percentage of your estate will benefit The Gardens of St. Francis. A charitable bequest allows you to keep control of your assets during your lifetime and make a gift to The Gardens of St. Francis at the same time while receiving a reduction in estate taxes. To ensure compliance with your wishes and to receive current recognition for your bequest gift, it is important to document your gift with us.
  • Life Insurance – A gift of life insurance often allows you to provide a more substantial gift in the future than you might think possible. The Gardens of St. Francis could be the beneficiary of a paid-up/existing policy or a newly purchased policy. You receive a charitable deduction for the cash value of the policy and a deduction for the premiums going forward.
  • Retirement Plan Assets – IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement benefits can be one of the most efficient forms of planned giving. By naming The Gardens of St. Francis as a beneficiary for a percentage or specified amount of the account, estate and income taxes on that gift can be avoided entirely.
  • Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, Annuity Trusts and Retained Life Estates – These are also mutually beneficial options for supporting The Gardens of St. Francis and achieving tax benefits. Please contact your tax advisor for more information.

Gifts in Kind

The Gardens of St. Francis strives to create the most comfortable homelike atmosphere possible. This includes the quality and attractiveness of furnishings, equipment and accessories for parties and other activities, as well as items that improve the quality of resident life or the effectiveness of the staff.

Investment Opportunities

Unrestricted Support

These valuable gifts allow The Gardens of St. Francis to maximize their impact on the residents we serve. Unrestricted gifts are applied to the most pressing needs of The Gardens of St. Francis in fulfilling its mission.

Designated Gifts

These are gifts made to The Gardens of St. Francis which are designated by the donor at the time the gift is made. Gifts can be made to support specific programs such as the following:

  • Benevolent Care Fund
  • Chapel Fund
  • Recreation Activities
  • Capital Improvements

Memorial/Honorary Gift

Memorial and honorary gifts are a significant and meaningful way to recognize the importance of someone special. Donors may make these types of contributions to The Gardens of St. Francis by noting such at the time the gift is made. A note will be sent to the honoree or to the family acknowledging the gift on behalf of the donor. Gift amounts are kept confidential.

In addition to donations, The Gardens of St. Francis hosts fund raising events throughout the year. If you have an interest in donating to help support our mission, would like to be added to our mailing list or would like information about attending one of our fund raising events, please contact our Development Office.

Your gift to The Gardens of St. Francis is important to those who call The Gardens home… and to their families. Your gift gives peace. Your gift provides loving care.

As always, before making financial decisions, please consult a qualified financial advisor to ensure that the gift you are considering is right for you.

Volunteer

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Rewarding. Satisfying. Meaningful

There is no better feeling than the satisfaction that comes with volunteering your time, knowing that you touched someone’s life.

At The Gardens of St. Francis, we offer volunteers an added benefit: the collective wisdom, experiences and love of our residents. These are people who have lived life to its fullest, and they have so much to share. So when you volunteer your time – even if it’s a few hours a month – you’ll get something in return – an unforgettable, rewarding experience that will stay with you through your entire life.

The Gardens of St. Francis volunteers support the staff in providing the highest quality of life for the residents. So we find responsibilities for you that best serve your interests and our needs. But our program also works to ensure that the experience is rewarding for you as well. We want to provide opportunities for your personal growth, skill development, and meaningful service. Special skills and talents are always welcome (and needed), but the only thing that’s truly required is the ability to smile and laugh. 

The following are some volunteer opportunities that may interest you.

  • Group activity assistance
  • Fundraising projects
  • Craft helper
  • Chapel decoration 
  • Dining assistance
  • Laundry
  • Administrative work such as filing and general office needs
  • Volunteer reader
  • Companion/visitor

For more information about how you can get started, contact us at 419-698-4331.

Resources

At The Gardens of St. Francis, we believe that it’s important to provide you with all of the resources to make your life a little easier and enjoyable. Check back often to find valuable links to information ranging from healthcare topics to area events.

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Community Information

City of Oregon
City of Toledo
The Blade – Toledo, Ohio (regional news)
Toledo News, Events, Weather & More
University of Toledo – Toledo, Ohio
Oregon Public Library - Oregon, Ohio

Local and Regional Attractions

Maumee Bay State Park
Huntington Center – Toledo, Ohio
Metroparks of Toledo Area
The Stranahan Theater and Great Hall – Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Botanical Garden – Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Museum of Art - Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Mud Hens – Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Opera – Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Symphony Orchestra – Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Walleye – Toledo, Ohio
Toledo Zoo - Toledo, Ohio
Valentine Theatre – Toledo, Ohio

Memberships

AARP – a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.
LeadingAge
 – an association of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old.
Wood County Area Office on Aging- provides many services for the 60+ population of Wood County, Ohio.

Local Hospitals

Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center – Toledo, Ohio
Mercy St. Charles Hospital – Toledo, Ohio
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital – Northwood, Ohio
ProMedica St. Luke’s Hospital – Maumee, Ohio
ProMedica Toledo Hospital – Toledo, Ohio
University of Toledo Medical Center
 – Toledo, Ohio
Wood County Hospital - Bowling Green, Ohio

Local Parishes

Epiphany of the Lord – Toledo, Ohio
Our Lady of the Lourdes – Genoa, Ohio
St. Boniface Catholic Church – Oak Harbor, Ohio
St. Ignatius Catholic Church – Oregon, Ohio
All Saints Catholic Church – Rossford, Ohio
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish - Genoa, Ohio
Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral – Toledo, Ohio
St. Jerome Catholic Parish – Walbridge, Ohio

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History

The Gardens of St. Francis

The Little Sisters of the Poor and CHI Living Communities announced that the two Catholic organizations signed a purchase agreement which transferred ownership of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s campus to CHI Living Communities on February 1, 2019. The new name is The Gardens of St. Francis.

“Our shared Catholic identity makes this an ideal transition for the residents, families, and community,” said Rick Ryan, President/CEO of CHI Living Communities. “Like the Little Sisters of the Poor, our core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence center on our profound respect for each person.” 

Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of Toledo, said, “I am so pleased to learn the Little Sisters of the Poor have signed a purchase agreement with CHI Living Communities. It is my sincere hope that they will carry on the excellent work of the Little Sisters of the Poor in caring for residents with Gospel inspired values.  I look forward to the expansion of CHI Living Communities’ presence in the Diocese of Toledo as they continue the legacy of the Little Sisters of the Poor and their witness to the healing and merciful love of Christ Jesus.”

 “The Gardens of St. Francis is part of a Catholic ministry that began in northwest Ohio and is locally based. CHI Living Communities currently has 13 campuses across the United States serving more than 2,500 residents and employing over 2,000,” Mr. Ryan added. “Those shared services help us to lead with care and meet the body, mind, and spirt needs of each person in the most dignified and faith-based manner possible.”

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History of The Gardens of St. Francis

The first home of the Little Sisters of the Poor opened in NW Ohio in 1885. Since this was 25 years before the establishment of the Diocese of Toledo, it was the Archbishop of Cleveland that invited the Little Sisters to establish a home and to work serving the elderly poor in what was then known as East Toledo. This small home was located on Front and Platt Streets and was deemed a temporary dwelling, to be used while a newer home was being constructed on Starr Avenue.

In 1887 the new Home opened on Starr Avenue and stayed in daily operation for 82 years. The Home was a neighborhood landmark that had four stories and was constructed from limestone. This Home served thousands of needy aged Residents up until the late 1960’s when it was decided a newer facility was needed.

In 1967 land was secured on Navarre Avenue and South Wynn Road and a new facility was constructed and opened in 1969. This expansive one-story
facility was located on 44 acres with beautiful grounds. For the next 35 years, this building served the needs of the elderly poor until it too was deemed in need of major renovation. After a thorough analysis of the building, it was decided that constructing a new structure was more cost effective than renovating the old one. So in 2004, the new Home was constructed on the same property as the existing Home. The new building, harkening back to the older Starr Avenue one, is a three-story facility. It offers many amenities such as recreation rooms, common visiting lounges, a hobby center, in-house beauty parlor, and a physical therapy center.

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