Catholic Charities USA is pleased to announce that Alexis Weber, Director of the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Hospital and volunteer at Catholic Charities Pittsburgh, is the winner of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year award.
Weber has volunteered her talents as a nurse with St. Joseph House of Hospitality, a sixty-bed single room occupancy (SRO) facility for men ages fifty and over who have become homeless or were at risk for homelessness, since 1994. She has provided nursing care to more than 1,600 men during her twenty years of volunteer service. She provides health assessments, blood pressure screenings, and foot care for patients with diabetes.
“When you do something you love, it goes so fast”, she says.
Ms. Weber also deals with cardiac issues, breathing issues, and the specific illnesses men may develop. She is well versed in issues associated with addiction and mental illness, which is often an important aspect of her care.
“Alexis Weber’s big-hearted generosity is an inspiration and reminder to us all to give back to our brothers and sisters in need,” said Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. “I want to thank Alexis and all of our amazing nominees for giving selflessly of their time and talents and realizing the importance of lending a helping hand. Our local agencies would be hard-pressed to serve so many without the tireless support that volunteers like Alexis and hundreds of thousands of others provide every day.”
“She is a spiritual lady who has given with every breath,” says a St. Joe’s resident. “She’s patient, listens to you; gives you good advice and bolsters your spirit. For sure, there’s a place in Heaven for her.”
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