Congratulations to Verona T., our May CAREGiver of the Month! Verona was born and raised in American Samoa. She came to the United States about 10 years ago. Eight months after moving to Seattle, she took a trip to Arizona to visit her in-laws. During that vacation, she felt that she was meant to live there. Verona, along with her husband and two boys decided to make their home in Arizona. Verona has always had a passion for people. She worked in customer service for many years and also worked as a first grade teacher when living in American Samoa. Verona came across a Home Instead CAREGiver job posting online just over a year ago, and that is how she was introduced to this career. She has always been a CAREGiver at heart, growing up she cared for her mother and also her grandmother. To Verona, being a CAREGiver is not “just a job”, it’s being there for people who need some additional help to maintain their independence. Congratulations Verona, you are most deserving of this award!
Congratulations to Donna H., our April CAREGiver of the Month. Donna was born in Boston, attended grammar school in Needham, Mass., and then moved to Binghamton NY where she graduated from Binghamton Central High School. She married and moved to several east coast cities, including: New London, CT, Norfolk, VA, Pittsburgh, Pa and ended up in Portland, Maine. Donna’s daughter and three grandchildren still live in Maine, and Donna makes it a priority to visit them whenever possible. Donna moved to Phoenix almost 30 years ago and began working for several different companies, primarily in the office where she was a customer service representative. Later, she decided to try her hand at real estate. She was a realtor for several years, selling homes mostly in the west valley. Donna explained, “I got to meet a lot of different people and I enjoyed working with a variety of first time home buyers, as well as investors.” She decided to return to school, and attended the University of Phoenix where she graduated with a dual degree in Business and Information Systems and Management in 2002. Donna’s father had dementia in his later years, and she and her family decided to move her mom, dad, and brother from Binghamton to Phoenix. Donna shared, “Although my dad made it to age 89, we still are lucky enough to have our mom, who just turned 92 and has Parkinson’s, and still lives with me at home.” After working at a local hospice company, she decided to stay in the health care industry and began working at Home Instead in 2007. Donna shared, “I have really enjoyed working with my clients, most all are long time clients and they have become almost like family. I have had a wide variety of people with different needs, so each day can be a new experience. My clients are very special to me and I try to remember to bring a birthday card or little gift on their birthdays. One client I brought Christmas decorations, another I took them out for lunch to celebrate their birthday. I really appreciate all the training, the Alzheimer’s classes, and the helpful videos that are so informative and especially the staff for being so supportive to us.” Donna builds trust, takes the lead and shares her heart with all her clients. She is most deserving of this distinguished award. Congratulations Donna!
Congratulations to Demetta W., our March CAREGiver of the month. Demetta was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After attending Hampton University, she began her career in education. She was an educator in the NYC school system for 37 years. After retirement, Demetta moved to Fountain Hills, AZ. Her mother was living with Alzheimer’s disease and she became a family caregiver. She took some classes on Alzheimer’s and other dementias to educate herself. After losing her mother, Demetta decided she wanted to help other aging adults. She joined the Home Instead team in 2006 and has had several long term clients. When asked what she has enjoyed most, Demetta explained, “the flexibility of the career has been wonderful, we have a very friendly team, I enjoy helping seniors and I learn so much from my clients.” Demetta has been with her current client for more than five years. She said, “I enjoy the connection and relationship, my client treats me like family, I have attended the kids weddings and they are very special to me.” Demetta is a most deserving recipient of this award, and we are especially grateful that she is part of our Home Instead family.
Congratulations to Britni E., our February CAREGiver of the Month! Britni was born and raised in St. Johns, AZ. She moved south to Tucson after high school. She began her career in retail while in Tucson, she also received a Medical Assistant certificate. After seven years in Tucson, Britni needed a change in her environment and her career. She moved to Phoenix and joined the Home Instead Senior Care team! She enjoys helping her clients live fuller more independent lives. She gets to work with clients who each have unique stories, needs and challenges. The diversity of providing one on one care for seniors is rewarding and challenging all at the same time. Britni is the proud owner of two dogs and her favorite hobby is spending time with family and friends. We are delighted that Britni is part of our Home Instead team!
Congratulations to Eddy, our January CAREGiver of the Month! Eddy was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. At age fifteen she moved to Long Island, New York with her parents. Eddy spent the next twenty years living in New York City. In the early 1990’s she moved to Miami, Florida to attend cosmetology school. She worked as a hair stylist in Florida for several years. After hurricane Andrew, Eddy moved back to NYC to attend Medical Assistant School. She worked as a Medical Assistant with a focus in phlebotomy for ten years. In 2010 Eddy moved to Arizona and was introduced to Home Instead. Eddy has said, “I love helping people and listening to their unique stories.” It is this passion for her work that makes Eddy so special. Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!
Grace's CAREGiver of the year award was accepted by her three children
and granddaughter. Grace was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She moved
west to Phoenix in the 1970's as a result of her husband's career. Grace
spent the first part of her career as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). She
was introduced to Home Instead and began working as a CAREGiver 10
years ago. After 10 years of devoted continuous work with Home Instead,
Grace has only worked with 5 clients. The longevity of Grace's clients
is in large part a testament to her devotion and commitment to their
emotional and physical well-being. Grace has especially enjoyed the bond
and personal connection she has made with her clients. Everyone has a
unique life story, it's been wonderful and interesting to learn about
their individual journey. Grace has been a widow for more than 20 years.
She is the proud Mother of 3 adult children, 3 grandchildren and 2
great grandchildren. Grace exemplifies what it means to Live Home
Bob was born St. Louis, and was raised just across the Mississippi River
in Illinois. Bob entered the Marine Corp upon graduating high school.
He spent the first seven years of his military career as a Marine and
finished the last 13 years in the Navy. During his time in the armed
forces, Bob served as a Chinese linguist. During this time, he spent
five years in Okinawa, three years in Hawaii, a temporary assignment in
Taiwan, and finally, seven years in Maryland. After retiring from the
Navy, Bob served as a Capitan for a large security firm in Washington
D.C. Ultimately, he decided to move to Arizona with his youngest son to
be closer to his aging parents. Shortly after arriving in Arizona, Bob
joined the team at General Motors (GM). For six years, Bob test drove
cars for GM. One day during a routine test drive, Bob heard a story
about Home Instead on the radio. He immediately knew that was going to
be his next career. Bob has now been a Home Instead CAREGiver for over
10 years. During that time, he has had two long term clients. He has
been a CAREGiver with his current client for the past five years. "I
know all their kids and have spent the holidays with their family for
the past five years," said Bob. Bob's favorite part of being a CAREGiver
is being able to help people and make a difference in their lives. Bob
has three adult sons, and he is the proud grandfather of two grandsons
and one granddaughter.
Congratulations to Shelley A., our November CAREGiver of the Month.
Shelley was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She began her career in
1992 with Circle K, and within six months she was promoted to assistant
manager. Eventually, Shelley left her career at Circle K to become a
stay at home mom. When her daughter started the first grade, Shelley was
offered a job at the school, helping children in 1st-4th grade with
In 2004, Shelley was introduced to Home Instead. The position was
appealing because of the flexibility of hours. Shelley fell in love with
her first client and has not looked back. She has been a faithful
CAREGiver to her current client for 1 ½ years, and she was with her last
client six days a week for six years. Shelley loves being a Home
Instead CAREGiver because we really make a difference in others’ lives
each and every day. Shelley said, “Every day I learn something new, no
day is the same and no client is the same.” Shelley is living Home
Instead by building trust, by taking the lead, and by sharing her heart
every day with her clients. Shelley is the proud mother of Morgan, who
is currently a junior at ASU. Congratulations Shelley, on this
Congratulations to Barbara G., our October CAREGiver of the Month.
Barbara was born and raised in a small town in Nevada. She discovered a
passion for helping others at a very young age. By the time she was nine
years old she had claimed an aging couple down the road as her
unofficial grandparents. It was shortly thereafter that her desire to
help others would become her very first job. Barbara began assisting the
couple by helping with activities of daily living and offering
companionship. Over the next few years her responsibilities grew as the
couple required more assistance. Barbara moved to Greater Phoenix when
she was twenty one, to be closer to her oldest sister. She became a
medical assistant and began working for a family practice doctor. After
her marriage and birth of two children, Barbara decided to work in the
family business at a local café. Barbara was introduced to Home Instead
thirteen years ago; she joined our team and has not looked back. Barbara
said, “Home Instead has been flexible with my schedule, this career has
allowed me to spend time with my two wonderful children.” Barbara’s
very first Home Instead client was a wonderful couple, they became like
family to Barbara and she spent seven years as their CAREGiver. Barbara
shared, “You never stop learning in this career, from clients as well as
other caregivers. It is very emotionally rewarding.” Congratulations
Barbara, on this well-deserved honor and achievement.
Congratulations to Bunny G., our September CAREGiver of the Month. Bunny
was born and raised in Ohio. She lived in several states throughout the
country in the early part of her adult life, including California,
Missouri, Georgia, before settling in Arizona. Bunny spent several years
working in the hospital setting as a tech, assisting patients with
various activities of daily living. In 2004, Bunny was introduced to
Home Instead. She has been a dedicated CAREGiver here at Home Instead
for 10 years. Bunny’s favorite part of being a CAREGiver is learning
stories about her clients lives, she has learned so much about the
history of our country and abroad firsthand, from amazing people who
lived through some of the most significant events in history. Bunny
feels that she was put on Earth to help people, each and every day.
Congratulations on a job very well done!
Congratulations to Valerie S., our August CAREGiver of the Month.
Valerie was born and raised in Southern California, where she spent the
majority of her life. Valerie received her degree in Business, and spent
the first 10 years of her career as an office manager in the insurance
and automotive industry. She was blessed with the opportunity to spend
the next chapter of her life as a stay at home mom. Valerie and her
family relocated to Phoenix two years ago. She was introduced to Home
Instead by her sister in law, who was a ten year veteran of Home Instead
Greater Phoenix. Va-lerie enjoys creating smiles on her client’s faces
more than anything else. Valerie shared, “I enjoy not only learning
about my client’s experiences and memories, but creating new ones with
them.” Valerie is the proud mother of three children, and is anxiously
awaiting the arrival of her second grandchild. Congratulations on a job
very well done.
Congratulations to Pam B., our July CAREGiver of the Month. Pam is an
amazing woman and a most valued and appreciated member of the Home
Instead family. Pam was born and raised in Minnesota, where she worked
as a special education trainer and case manager for developmentally
disabled adults. After retiring from her first career, Pam and her
husband moved to Florida, this is where Pam came across a Home Instead
ad in the local paper. She soon joined the Home Instead team in Tampa,
and spent 11 years enhancing the lives of seniors in the greater Tampa
area. Pam and her husband moved west to Phoenix in 2012 and shortly
after arriving Pam joined our team. She loves the variety of clients she
meets. Pam explains, “I know I’m doing something with great purpose, I
enjoy being a representative of Home Instead, what it represents and the
need it meets for the community.” Pam is happily married, and the proud
step mother of two children and one granddaughter.
Congratulations to Angela C., our June CAREGiver of the Month. Angela
was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. She spend the first 21 years
of her career with USAA Insurance. During that time she lived in
Washington, Colorado and Arizona. Angela was raised in a very caring
family. Her Mom was an accomplished Registered Nurse who specialized in
assisting patients in the comfort of their own home. Angela remembers
being inspired by her mother’s compassion and work ethic from a very
early age. She has very fond memories of her father’s incredible
generosity as well. Angela’s sister is the proud owner of multiple
assisted living homes in Washington state, caring for others is a family
affair. When Angela was introduced to Home Instead Senior Care nearly
three years ago, it was a perfect match. Angela enjoys the variety of
multitasking required to do her job well. Angela says, “This job is a
great fit because I enjoy learning about my clients and helping people
every day, I enjoy being a CAREGiver.” Angela has spent the last 25
years with her devoted partner Hap and his three wonderful daughters.
She also had the privilege of raising two terrific foster daughters.
Congratulations Angela, on a job very well done!
Congratulations to Gail B., our outstanding May CAREGiver of
the Month. Gail was born in an Army Hospital in Kansas. Her
family later moved to Arkansas where she attended grade school
and eventually settled in Illinois where Gail attended junior
high and high school. Gail has traveled extensively through the
United States. She was even blessed with the opportunity to live
in beautiful Hawaii for a few years. Gail settled in the Phoenix
area in 1975. Gail has experienced an exciting and diverse
career. She has owned a restaurant, plant business and worked
in the hospice field to name a few. Gail was a CNA prior to
joining the Home Instead Team. She has been a standout
CAREGiver on the HISC team for the past 4 years. Gail has
enjoyed the opportunity to become so close to several long term
clients over the past few years. She has worked with clients of
all ages and backgrounds. She has especially enjoyed being able
to enhance the quality of her clients’ lives through one on one
care and attention. In her free time Gail enjoys trout fishing up
north in the mountains. Thank you Gail for sharing your heart,
building trust and taking the lead. Congratulations on a job
very well done.
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