If that’s the worst thing that happened…

If that’s the worst thing that happened…

Whenever something untoward happened in my life my husband had a saying, it’s one that I really appreciated. He’d say, “if that is the worst thing that happened to you today, you have a pretty good life.” And he was right! It is a lesson that many families taught their children and one that I grew up with. Now, having said that, this “get the job done” mentality was and is embraced by the staff of St. Monica’s.

St. Monica’s has expanded 3 times in the past, and with each expansion the kitchen remained the same size. All the food prepared had to be carried up the stairs, or hauled on the dumb waiter. That included all the meat, fruit, canned goods and frozen items. For years, our cooks and staff ran up and down the stairs stocking shelves all without complaining. Our head cook, Carol, could give lessons to the army on organization! There was no alternative until now.

With the building of our Memory Unit the decision was made to convert the old convent into productive usable space for the kitchen. Phase I is now complete. All the food is now on the same level as the kitchen. Along with a new walk in refrigerator and freezer units. There is plenty of space to store canned goods, and dry produce. The kitchen staff, especially Carol, is thrilled with their new space and amenities. Phase II is underway where the kitchen is being re-defined and more space added. Phase III will be the refurnishing of the dining room.   Throughout all this the kitchen staff does their jobs, adapting and adjusting to power tool noises, sledge hammers clanging and workmen. We are so blessed to have such a great, dedicated team managing to cook, serve and clean up throughout this construction.

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