The Mutual Respect Committee (MRC), YNHH's longest serving committee, was established in 1971 to respond to the growing diversity of hospital staff and patients. The committee's mission was to promote teamwork; preserve respect and dignity among hospital staff, patients and visitors; improve morale and foster camaraderie.
When the hospital began to integrate with employees on the Saint Raphael Campus a year ago, members of the MRC initiated informal conversations with members of similar SRC committees, including REACH and One for All.
a charter that will more appropriately facilitate community-based, cross-campus hospital initiatives," said Julie Mena, Employee Relations specialist and designated administrative liaison to the MRC.
"With the addition of the members from the Saint Raphael Campus, this committee is newly energized," Mena points out. "Not only do the SRC members bring with them a wealth of knowledge about alternative community initiatives, they also have expertise in the administration of a group with our shared purpose and goals."
The Mutual Respect Committee, which has 27 members, will cultivate long-standing relationships with organizations such as Ronald McDonald House and Columbus House, both in New Haven. The committee will also expand its comfort shawl program in which shawls made by employees and community volunteers are distributed to patients throughout the hospital.
"In keeping with the original mission of the MRC, the committee will continue to promote camaraderie," explained Mena, "and the initiatives our committee organizes will give employees the opportunity to participate in community service in some way while also encouraging interdepartmental relationship-building."
Next month the committee will kick off its Commit to a Kit drive and ask employees to donate kits — bathroom, bedroom, kitchen — that will help Columbus House clients move from the shelter and into their own spaces. Committee members will work with departments and collect the kits. Additional details are available on the YNHH intranet.
Mutual Respect asks employees to Commit to a Kit
The YNHH Mutual Respect Committee invites employees to Commit to a Kit by participating in a community service project benefiting clients of Columbus House, a non-profit shelter located in New Haven. For the kit, employees or departments can assemble a kit of related items that will be given to clients as they move into permanent housing.
Kits can contain bathroom, bedroom or kitchen items or can be a cleaning supplies kit.
Once the kit is complete, employees may call 688-4625 or 789-3019 to arrange for its pick-up.
The Commit to a Kit campaign runs through Friday, Nov. 15. Suggestions for kit supplies are on the YNHH intranet.