30 years of service celebrated in joy and gratitude
By John Michael D. Pineda
Umatuna Si Yu’os
On November 1982, the late Archbishop Felixberto Flores donated the land in Barrigada Heights, originally donated by the late Rosa Flores, to the Archdiocese of Agaña with the request to build a home for the aged of Guam. The groundbreaking and laying of the cornerstone occurred two years later.
Funding and construction expenses financed by the Congregation of the Religious Missionaries of St. Dominic led to the production of the building designed by the late Architect Alfredo Arizala.
Two years later, on October 11, 1986, the facility was inaugurated with a solemn blessing officiated by Archbishop Anthony Apuron, attended by the late Governor Ricardo Bordallo along with top dignitaries of Guam; the Superior General of the Dominican Sisters, Sr. Maria Luisa Manteca; and Sisters from Taiwan, as well as the local community. Sr. Maria Fe Dural was appointed as the first administrator.
The facility was officially opened to receive its first residents on July 11, 1987; mostly coming from Guam Memorial Hospital. Designated as an intermediate care facility, the residents to be admitted are elderly who cannot care for themselves but whose level of care is below the acute and skilled nursing level.
After 30 years, St. Dominic’s Senior Care Home remains the only private and non-profit nursing facility that takes care of the Manåmko of Guam.
Sr. Maria Fe Dural returned to the Father on March 22, 2003. Sr. Emelita Conco was appointed to replace Sr. Maria Fe Dural and worked diligently as the second administrator of the facility. On March 3, 2017, Sr. Maria Teresita Velez Manaloto was installed as the third administrator of the facility.
To date, the number of residents admitted to the facility is 625. The current number of residents equals to 55, of which 36 are women and 19 are men. The average age of the residents is 78 years old.
The mission of St. Dominic’s Senior Care Home is based on the Christian principles of the sacredness of human life and dignity of the human person. Aiming to “provide institutional quality care, in a pleasant, wholesome, healthful and home-like environment, to the frail elderly of Guam.”
For 30 years, St. Dominic’s Senior Home Care has used the holistic approach, taking into consideration not only the physical but also psychosocial and spiritual needs of each elderly, preparing them for their final encounter with their Creator and loving Father, while making their wait a happier and more meaningful one.
As Sr. Teresita puts it, “All the Dominican Sisters who have dedicated their lives to serve in this facility, together with all our staff and employees, do not represent a past that has been or a future that will be.” She continued, “But a significant and palpable present, an important now that is crucial for those whom we serve and who are at the threshold of everlasting life.”
“Indeed… it is good to celebrate such an accomplishment and a blessing from God!” she added.
St. Dominic’s Senior Care Home celebrated their 30 years of service on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, with Eucharistic Celebration, followed by a dinner and “SDSCH Got Talent” Competition.