Support the 2020 Transformation Awards
Celebrate this year’s Transformation Awards honorees!
Sr. Rose Ann Flemming, SND DeN
Carole and Ed Rigaud
Tender Mercies Inc.
Meet our 2020 Volunteers of the Year!
Therapy Dog Sadie (of happy memory)
and companion Carolyn Wiedamann
Therapy Dog Jasmine and companion Jennifer Tenney
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Learn how our clients and the Center team are navigating these uncertain times
Sr. Rose Ann Fleming
Sr. Rose Ann Fleming is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. She has a bachelor’s degree, MBA, law degree and PhD in educational administration. She is a special assistant to Xavier President Michael Graham, S.J. In addition to her work at Xavier, she has served as the superintendent of her alma mater, Summit Country Day in Cincinnati and president of Trinity College in Washington, D.C.Sr. Rose Ann, has been Xavier’s athletic academic advisor for three decades. Since 1986, Xavier has graduated every senior men’s basketball player, 94 and counting, and is consistently ranked as one of the top 15 schools nationally for overall student-athlete graduation success rate.
Carole and Edwin Rigaud
In September 2014, Carole and Edwin Rigaud received the Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
Mr. Rigaud’s numerous volunteer roles include being a past member of the National Museum and Library Services Board, appointed by President Bush in 2002. His many volunteer activities include Honorary Chairman of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and serving on the boards of the Williams College of Business at Xavier University in Cincinnati, and UC Physicians at the University of Cincinnati Medical College.
Mrs. Rigaud has been honored as an Enquirer Woman of the Year, a Girl Scouts Great Rivers Council Inc., Women of Distinction, and with the Light-house Youth Services 2010 Beacon of Light Humanitarian Award.
Tender Mercies transforms the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity, and community in a place they call home. Founded in 1985, With the support of compassionate donors and funders, Tender Mercies has grown to six buildings located in Over-the-Rhine and the West End. Each year, nearly 200 homeless men and women with mental illness rebuild their lives in their home at Tender Mercies.
Volunteers of the Year
This year the Center for Respite Care honors two very special Volunteers of the Year and their volunteer companions.
Therapy dog Sadie and Carolyn Wiedamann
Therapy dog, Sadie and Carolyn Wiedamann were faithful visitors going back to the Center’s time in Avondale. Sadie passed away last year, and we honor her fond memory.
Therapy Dog Jasmine and Jennifer Tenney
Therapy dog Jasmine makes weekly visits with her companion, Jennifer Tenney. Jasmine’s peaceful presence is always a delight to our clients.