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.
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
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
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
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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