MENNI FAMILY HOME

BENEDICT MENNI, who is being raised to the altars today, was a faithful follower of Saint John of God and, through his words and deeds, was a Herald of the Gospel of Mercy and a new Prophet of Hospitality. The city of Milan was his cradle: he was born there on 11 March 1841 and baptized the same day. He was named Angelo Ercole, almost as a portent of the Herculean spirit and strength that was to characterize his whole personality. He was the fifth of 15 children born to Luigi Menni and Luisa Figini. His warm and hospitable home gave him the support and stimulus he needed to develop his intellectual powers and his personality. God's call came early on: faithful to his conscience, he gave up a good position in a bank, and with his selfless attitude to the suffering he volunteered to work as a stretcher-bearer to assist the soldiers wounded on the battlefield at Magenta, near Milan. St. Benedict Menni, a religious of the Order of St. John of God, was a pioneer in the renewal of psychiatric care in the 19th century. He was very active in that field at the time in which he lived. He was a wonderful manager, for he focused his decisions on the holistic care of the patient and devised a care method integrating science and charity.

Objectives/Aims

Foster and allow for the acquisition or recovery of the necessary skills, abilities and competences that will help the mentally ill women integrate into the community and enjoy a better quality of life, Encourage integration into the family life group, by supporting and fostering an autonomous, integrated and independent working model, Prevent and /or reduce the risk of psycho-social deterioration and marginalization, Provide counseling to and support the families in handling the problems with which they are confronted. Attracted by the spirit of dedication and self-denial which he discovered in the Brothers of St John of God, at the age of 19 he applied to enter the Hospitaller Order. He began his Religious life taking the name Benedict, and consecrated himself to God and to the care of the sick. And today we venerate him with the same name: Saint Benedict Menni.

Our Values/Programes

All of our values may be summarized in a single one: ‘Hospitality’. Hospitality in an essential human value in the social and health care sphere. It consists in providing space and time, assistance and care, humanity and resources to the beneficiaries of our mission. The overarching value comprises eight sub-values which we have paired up: Sensitivity for the excluded; liberating; welcoming; holistic health; professional quality; humanity in care; respect of ethical standards and historical awareness. Cognitive rehabilitation program, Psychomotor and motor exercises program, Self-care and daily activities, Stress management, Social skills program, Counselling, training and family support.

Our Mission

The Hospitaller Mission consists in welcoming, assisting, and providing specialized and preferential care for the mentally ill. In so doing, it takes into account the needs and urgent requirements of every time and place. It has a humanistic and Christian vision of the human person, considered in its inviolable unity and dignity. It thus accepts all, with no distinction on the grounds of race, religion, ideology or social status, and provides all with holistic care. Under the care and protection of Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus mentally affected women numbering 20 live in a homely way with personal attention. Menni Family Home is designed to be a place where each one feels person, free and one day be able to return home without the stigma of being called "mad" because it has regained its dignity and life. Rehabilitation center for mentally ill women run by the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. MFH has a capacity of 10 to 20 beds, for patients affected by severe mental illness and whose personal and social autonomy has been compromised. The hospitaller service is open and dynamic, and is inspired by an inclusive reintegrating and life -promoting vision. As such, it is boundless force of social transformation towards a healthier and a fraternal humanity.