“You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.” (Mt 5:13-14)
The images of salt and light used by Jesus are rich in meaning and complement each other. In ancient times, salt and light were seen as essential elements of life. Just as salt gives flavor to food and light illumines the darkness, so too, Sister James Ann Germuska helps others to find full meaning in their lives and shine bright to reflect God’s glory.
More than 40 years ago, James Ann Germuska founded Crosskeys Human Services, Inc., a non-profit organization offering senior adult and mental health services to residents of Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Today, she serves as executive director and chief executive officer of Crosskeys, a ministry that has helped countless adults through its services which include residential and day programs, social rehabilitation, supportive housing and two senior centers.
On behalf of all those who make visible the teachings of Jesus at Crosskeys, on Thursday, April 21, James Ann will receive the 2016 Communities of Salt and Light Award for Outstanding Human Services Organization during the 18th annual Diocese of Greensburg, Catholic Charities’ Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner.