New Friendship Volunteers trained

On Oct. 16, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks commissioned new Friendship Volunteers Fred Oberst, Suzanne Peck, Jill Zagrobelny and David Warner.

The training and commissioning ceremony were held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Saranac Lake.

They join with more than 90 Friendship Volunteers who have assisted elders in the Tri-Lakes with more than 13,000 hours of volunteer service since 2008. Sister 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, “I would never have believed I would ever need Mercy Care, but what a blessing it was for me. Words cannot fully express my gratitude.”

Anyone interested in becoming a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer or Parish Nurse or who is an elder and need 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 Lake Placid on Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, 2014.

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 solely 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 518-523-5580, or by email at More information can be found at Mercy Care’s website at