Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers commissioned

LAKE PLACID – On May 21, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks commissioned new Friendship Volunteers Karen Fleming, Gladys Hatch, Arlene Horton, Raymond McIntyre, Albert Pozzi, Margaret Ratigan, Cynthia Rowe, and Arthur Volmrich. The training and commissioning ceremony were held at St. Margaret’s Convent Library and Chapel in Lake Placid.

Mercy Care has recruited and trained more than 100 Friendship Volunteers who have contributed more than 13,000 hours of volunteer service in the Tri-Lakes area since January 2008. Sr. Catherine Cummings, RSM, Ed.D., R.N., directs Mercy Care’s Friendship Volunteer and Parish Nurse programs.

An elder receiving assistance from a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer said recently, “My volunteer is such a blessing: she cheers me up, is so helpful. She is like a member of my family. I would be lost without her. I live alone and I know my volunteer is available if I need her. I thank God for her. Keep on spreading your love, kindness, care. Mercy is a perfect name for you.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer or Parish Nurse or who is an elder in need of the services of a Mercy Care Volunteer, is asked to call Sr. Catherine at 518-523-5582.

The next Friendship Volunteer training class will be held in Saranac Lake on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy to enhance the fullness of life of elders. Mercy Care invites volunteers of all faiths to its Friendship Volunteer program. Assistance is provided to elders of all faiths. There are no fees for its services. It is supported with charitable contributions and grants.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is governed by a local board of directors and can be reached at 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946, by calling 523-5580, or by e-mail at More information can be found at Mercy Care’s website at