Helvi’s Blog


By Helvi Paasinen

When I came to Glenmont to work seventeen years ago, I was impressed at how willingly the staff took on a very full and active ministry.  I was uplifted by joining in and felt very supported.  I learned from long-time workers here, that Glenmont’s mission was premised on an all-encompassing spirit of benevolence. The mission had always included an open door for anyone truly seeking spiritual regeneration of thought.  I loved what I felt in the way of “home”  and found that my practice of Christian Science nursing fit.  When it came time to articulate our mission anew, we dedicated ourselves to “Serving all those whom God sends us to be served.”

Today we are grateful to be operating at or near capacity.  Our mission is local and national.  Our ability to offer Medicaid to Christian Scientists, as one source of payment, continues to support many individuals whose resources have diminished. We welcome those calls for care and cherish the practice of those individuals who utilize Medicaid to help pay their bill. Medicaid alone though is not the reason that we have grown to capacity, nor is it the answer to Glenmont’s financial security. Understanding the nature of God and of spiritual economy, coupled with the unselfed love of this staff, has been the sustaining answer. By desiring to model our practice purely after the teachings of Christian Science, the spiritual core of our practice has deepened. We have been able to open our doors further, and divine Love is always showing us what we need to do next to strengthen our collective work.

The Christian Science nursing staff and I look forward to highlighting the inner workings of our Christian Science nursing practice and sharing what we feel is the mainstay and fruit of our labors day in and out.

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