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Clients, Families Have Faith in CAREGiver Corine


Make a wish. That’s what award-winning CAREGiver Corine Jamison told a client.

The 92-year-old faith-filled woman suffered a major stroke three years ago, is wheelchair-bound and had been unable to resume attending church services. She could remember the Apostle’s Creed, word for word, but on some days would ask for her husband, who died in 2005.

“After I started helping my client, I asked: ‘If you had one wish, what would you like to do that you can’t do now?’ She emphatically said, ‘Go to church,’ ” Corine recalled. “I said, ‘You know what, we will get you to church.’ ”

The logistics weren’t easy, of course, but Corine kept a promise. The client, a longtime Stephen minister at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church in Sugar Land, was thrilled to return, and church members were ecstatic when Corine wheeled her into church on an emotion-filled Sunday.

The next day, a group of church leaders appeared at Corine’s door. “It was a shock, unexpected, to say the least. They brought gifts and a card, and now they also thank me each and every Sunday,” said Corine, a CAREGiver of the Month at the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise that serves Houston, Bellaire, Missouri City and Sugar Land.

That kind of story doesn’t surprise anyone who knows Corine, including Home Instead Franchise Staff Coordinator Destiny Wesley.

“I probably don’t tell her enough that she is truly appreciated and that she is one of a kind,” Destiny said. “Corine is a very dedicated woman. She has an incredible work ethic and never appears to get tired. Corine has requested maybe 10 days off in the five years I’ve been with the franchise. She has a full-time job and works for us on the weekends. Yet if I need help at night, she is more than willing as long as she can get to her full-time job. Mind you, she has a husband and daughter at home.”

Corine will do just about anything to help a client. “I was a Baptist before I met my client. I have been a Lutheran for the past three years because she needs me to take her to church. One God, one Bible, one faith – it doesn’t matter where I worship God. It’s all the better if my client can worship where she wishes,” said Corine, a full-time phlebotomist and medical technician at a hospital from Monday through Friday.

When Corine started with Home Instead on May 5, 2007, she was working full time for an auto parts store and didn’t intend to stay with the fledgling senior-care franchise for more than two months as a part-timer. The daughter of a friend, franchise owner Ursula Chester, urged Corine to come aboard as Ursula was getting the business off the ground. Ursula had been impressed when she and her mother pressed Corine into action on a Sunday.

“Ursula asked me to watch her grandmother, who’d had a stroke, while she and her mother went to a church service. I bathed her, braided her hair and did other things to take care of her. Ursula returned, was amazed and asked me to help her at Home Instead. I realized then that I had a passion for seniors.”

Praising Corine, Ursula said: “Corine knows her clients really well, is with them for long periods of time and is very loyal to them. She takes the tough cases, where they need the most help, and the clients prosper under her. She was one of my top CAREGivers. She certainly deserves this honor.”

Corine said the franchise hasn’t changed much since Ursula sold it to Greg Gomez-Mira. “Greg is great,” Corine said. “The training is very good. Everything is going along well. I have loved every one of my clients and working with them regardless of their limitations. . . . With God, all things are possible.”

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