Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers trained in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE – On Feb. 25, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks commissioned new Friendship Volunteers Ginny Cuttaia and Judy Courtney. The training and commissioning ceremony were held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Tupper Lake.

They join with more than 100 Friendship Volunteers who have assisted elders in the Tri-Lakes since 2008. Sister Catherine Cummings, RSM, Ed.D., R.N., directs Mercy Care’s Friendship Volunteer and Parish Nurse programs. Mercy Care is currently serving 104 elders in Tri-Lakes communities.

An elder receiving assistance from a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer said recently, “Due to the fact that our house is located outside the village, with your help, especially for transportation, I’ve been able to live independently here,” Another said, “I live alone, and I know my volunteer is available if I need her.”

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

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