Jerry Overman, Jr. | Humanitarian
Our Lady of the Assumption, Coral
Overman, a resident of Homer City, was cited in his nomination for service on the Indiana County Suicide Task Force, the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, the county’s Drug Free Coalition and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. He also was lauded for his and his staff’s work with families when they face the death of a loved one, especially in the cases of suicide and drug overdose.
Patricia A. Smiy | Philanthropy
Immaculate Conception, Irwin
Smiy, a resident of Irwin, is being honored for giving her time, talent and resources to her parish and the diocese. She was a longtime volunteer at the Norwin Hills Health Care Center for the former Mercy-Jeannette Hospital, has served on multiple parish committees and projects and was an honorary co-chairwoman for the diocese’s “Today’s Challenge ~ Tomorrow’s Hope” capital and endowment campaign. She is a member of the parish’s Christian Mothers/Women’s Guild and the Comfort Blanket Ministry; member of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women; serves on the Bishop’s Commission for the Diocesan Heritage Center; and is a Lady Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
SpiritLife | Outstanding Human Service Organization
SpiritLife, Inc., is a nondenominational organization that was founded in 2013 and addresses the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals ravaged by chemical addiction and provides assistance to the families affected by addiction, according to the nomination. SpiritLife collaborates with other service organizations to help provide assistance to people when they return to their homes, families, communities and jobs. The nomination included praise for the faith that drives this organization’s work and its compassion and commitment to the recovery of the whole person.