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​​​2014 Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year- June Lawing

(​Pictuered above with co-founders of Home Instead Senior Care Paul and Lorie Hogan and Hattiesburg, MS Home Instead Senior Care Franchise Owners Bob and Anna Edenfield.)

A tradition of great caregiving means that we take care of our own as well as we take care you and your family. 

We reward our local CAREGivers with CAREGiver of the Month and CAREGiver of the Year awards to show our appreciation for all they do. Home Instead, Inc. also recognizes regional CAREGivers of the Year and one special CAREGiver who shows exceptional dedication is the recipient of the national award — The Mary Steibel CAREGiverSM of the Year Award.

This program inspires CAREGivers to strive for excellence. It creates a sense of pride and rewards their hard work, compassionate care and service to others.

We are thrilled to introduce our outstanding award winning CAREGivers:​

2017 Hattiesburg, MS CAREGiver of the Year:

 Marilyn Keyes

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Marilyn is one of these rare and exceptional individuals who have chosen to embrace our Home Instead culture. Her commitment is to our highest standards for her clients, their families and Home Instead. It is that rare individual who makes it both their personal and professional mission to be the very best. This quality is what separates Marilyn from most humans. She continually holds HERSELF to the highest possible standard of accountability.

When you first meet Marilyn, what is immediately clear is her pleasant, friendly manner and her natural curiosity about people. There are contradictions in her, as in any personality. Marilyn is reserved, but easy to laugh. She loves to talk about her deep and abiding faith, and how this has held her in good stead through-out her life. She has a wonderful sense of humor, and a quirkiness for watching horror movies, a family tradition.

Clients are quickly comfortable with her. It is as if they instinctively know she is “there for them” on every level; spiritually, emotionally, and physically. 

Our Staff Coordinator noted “Marilyn's level of excellence includes flexibility and consistency. She relates, Every time I call Marilyn, she does whatever’s needed. I am in the situation sometimes where we quickly change her schedule and she is always ready to fill in and help out..."

Having had some time with Marilyn recently, it was immediately evident that this extraordinary woman is a human being who knows instinctively her gift of Caregiving is a direct calling from God, and she is secure in this knowledge. She lives her life in a way that when you are in her presence, it indirectly gives you permission to shine yourself. It reminds us of the quote from Marianne Williamson , "there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you, we were all meant to shine as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us."

Thank you Marilyn for your service to others. We are so blessed to have you on our Home Instead Senior Care team!

2016 Hattiesburg, MS CAREGiver of the Year:

 Vivian Hatten


One of the first things you will notice when meeting Vivian, is her 100 watt smile. It is a wide, bright event which the lucky recipient experiences immediately.  It is as striking as walking into a cold, dark room and coming upon the warmth and brilliance of a fire burning. Immediately you are drawn in and connect to this woman, you want to hitch onto her star. As our General Manager has said, "I would think that in my darkest moment or saddest of days, if she would just laugh or give me that smile, I would know that all would be o.k."  But her smile, as dazzling as it is – is only the first layer of this extraordinary human.  It covers her many, wonderful layers of her Caregiver being. It covers a human soul of substance, a soul who deeply feels the call of CAREGiving- one not easily deterred by normal outside forces.

Vivian is the quintessential CAREGiver.  She has already retired once from being a direct care worker and supervisor at a State School locally.  This is a live-in facility and well known for some of the most difficult and intensive patients. Vivian will tell you she has seen it all, and has provided a variety of care services.  She has used this experience to weave into her career as a CAREGiver with us.  Vivian is patient and kind.  But one of her most distinctive qualities, one of the most unusual components of her CAREGiving, is the way she just digs in with the most intensive care clients, dealing with some of the most difficult behaviors while maintaining her kindness and high quality of care.  

Since being promoted to Caregiver Mentor, we all have seen Vivian grow and soar professionally as a CAREGiver of Excellence.  One of the challenges of this position is balancing both direct care, along with the tenacity and patience required for training and mentoring her peers.  It is not a position for everyone.  Our General Manager wondered if Vivian was "up to the task."

   Vivian left us all in the dust.   She not only took on more intense clients, mentored patiently and consistently, served in the exemplary manner of not just a CAREGiver but was the ultimate team player, taking on "on-call" as well as her core duties.  As our recruiter Patrick has described, "Vivian is prompt, reliable, and dependable.  Even before she was promoted, if she was on a shift, I never worried while I was on call.  I always knew our clients would be getting reliable, focused care and that their needs would be met and exceeded."

Thank you Vivian for all you do for Home Instead Senior Care, our clients and our community!

2015 Hattiesburg, MS CAREGiver of the Year:

 Sharron Spann

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(S​harron Spann has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care since 2013.)

"There are two paths of which we may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and one we consciously blaze…."   T.F. Hodge

Miss Sharron Spann, "Miss Kitty ", as she is known in our office, was born into a difficult set of circumstances, as many are.  Her background was devoid of financial, social or emotional normalcy, let alone privilege.  A beginning that almost never fosters healthy choices. 

While with Home Instead Miss Kitty has shared about her past saying, "Growing up in one of the roughest neighborhoods, I have seen things never meant for children." Yet despite her challenging beginning, Miss Kitty consciously chose to blaze her own higher path.  A path for herself, her 3 daughters, her son, and every other life she touches.  When asked about her life journey she will tell you, "It's still a work in progress".  This work is forged by her past, shaping her future and those she encounters. 

Sharron is first and foremost a woman of God.  She will be the first to tell you that being a Caregiver is a calling from God, a calling to serve others.  When she walks into a room, her smilewill greet you long before her presence.  She will envelop you with her joy and warmth while entertaining you with her sense of humor.  She is one of those rare people who always leaves you feeling better for being with her.

 Miss Kitty is a CAREGivers CAREGiver.  One who is always interested in her co-worker's wellbeing, consistently ready and eager to lend a hand to help others. Our Recruiter describes her as one of "the warmest CAREGivers on our Team".  Miss Kitty never hesitates a fill-in shift when needed, and always gives 110% to her Clients."  When asked why she became a CAREGiver, she became emotional and said, "People need me".  And it's true, people do need her."​

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2014 Hattiesburg, MS CAREGiver of the Year:​​

June Lawing​

June was awarded Regional CAREGiver of the Year for the Home Instead Senior Care North
American network in the south east region! We are so proud that June has been nationally recognized for doing great work with her clients, which is something we have seen her strive for so compassionately for 7 years! June is so patient, loyal, caring and passionate about her clients. She is so attuned to their needs, never meets a stranger and excels with those who are cognitively impaired.

​June was awarded the Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year award in April 2015 at the Home Instead Senior Care International Convention. June gave a speech to the audience detailing how she began her career as a CAREGiver from an early age and continued to search for her purpose in life. Through​ the heartbreak of losing several clients and dealing with hard family relationships, she discovered that servings other is her heart's passion and a faith mission she accepted from above. Watch June's introduction video and speech below.






Erykah L.- CAREGiver of the Month for November 2017

Erykah L.- CAREGiver of the Month for November 2017

​Our CAREGiver of the Month for November is Erykah.  We are thankful for Erykah because, according to our Staff Coordinator, “she is loyal to her clients, dependable, willing to work with any level of client and any personality.  She is always willing to work around her schedule for the sake of her client”.

In Erykah’s own words, "CAREGiving is one of the best jobs I have ever had. I am blessed to call myself a CAREGiver because I’m trusted to do God’s work, right here on earth and I love every bit of it. Being a caregiver is not all about money; it takes heart and courage to help those who have lost hope with life and gives them another chance. I couldn’t ask for a better job."

Thank you Erykah for all you do for Home Instead Senior Care and your clients!

Joyce B.- CAREGiver of the Month for October 2017

Joyce B.- CAREGiver of the Month for October 2017

Joyce is such a kind hearted, compassionate person who excels at making clients feel comfortable and loved. With her warm smile and beautiful spirit, it is hard to feel down, so her clients and their families enjoy her positivity! Ms. Joyce encourages and inspires everyone who comes into contact with her and we are so blessed to have her on our Home Instead Senior Care Team!

Thank you Joyce for all that you do for your clients, your community and for Home Instead Senior Care. Watching you take care of your clients and seeing how much you love them and treat them as you would your own family is a constant reminder to us all of why we went into senior care!


Marilyn K.- CAREGiver of the Month for September 2017

Marilyn K.- CAREGiver of the Month for September 2017

Marilyn has been with Home Instead Senior Care in Hattiesburg since December of 2016, and in that time has shown herself to be an amazing CAREGiver.  Marilyn is a very conscientious worker, always looking out for how she can better support her client.  She is consistently going out of her way to make sure that her client is comfortable and well cared for, which is one of the things that makes Marilyn such a great CAREGiver.

We are very thankful to have Marilyn as part of our team at Home Instead Senior Care.  She is dedicated, hardworking, flexible and dependable.  She is a model employee with a kind heart that shares compassion with all those placed in her care.  We hope she'll be part of our team for many years to come!  Congratulations, Marilyn, on being CAREGiver of the Month!  Thank you for all you do for our clients and for Home Instead Senior Care.


Elvie T.- CAREGiver of the Month for August 2017

Elvie T.- CAREGiver of the Month for August 2017

Elvie has mostly worked with one client during her tenure at Home Instead Senior Care. We asked that client and her husband to share how they feel Elvie has impacted their lives with her CAREGiving. This is what Mr. F had to say… "She is very observant all the time of my wife's needs and responds appropriately. She follows through on all things we ask her to do. My wife considers her a great driver yet always corrects me when I take her places… but never Elvie! Elvie knows how to respond to my wife's feelings and does not become frustrated in changes in our schedule. She has become like part of our family! When I told my wife Elvie was up for CAREGiver of the Month at Home Instead senior Care, her response was 'I would vote for her!'"

What a wonderful testament to Elvie and what she has accomplished being a CAREGiver! The services she has provided for this family has obviously impacted their lives so much that they were willing to share such sentiments! When we see Elvie with her clients or hear how much they care about her when they call into the office, it reminds us of why Home Instead Senior Care is here and enjoys being a part of so many people's lives. We are so very blessed to have you on our team Elvie!


Nikita "Nikki" N.- Caregiver of the Month for July 2017

Nikita "Nikki" N.- Caregiver of the Month for July 2017

When we asked Nikki to tell us about her most successful day as a CAREGiver she shared the following story…"I was with a patient in the hospital and she was very sad and felt as if things couldn't get better. She wouldn't say much at first to me or anyone else. However, I talked with her and told her I can only imagine what she may be going through, but God is a great God and He wouldn't put more on us than we can bare. She told me I was right, with a smile on her face.  The next day, she seemed to be doing better.  She smiled and she opened up to me and we talked about all the happy moments in her life ... I even told her some of my happy moments. I felt that was a successful day at work being a caregiver because she opened up to me and told me things she hadn't told anyone before."

This is just one of the many reasons Nikki is our July CAREGiver of the month! Thank you Nikki for all you do to make every one you come into contact with feel encouraged and special!


Bobbie Breland- CAREGiver of the Month for June 2017

Bobbie Breland- CAREGiver of the Month for June 2017

​Our CAREGiver of the Month for June 2017 is Mrs. Bobbie B. Bobbie has been with Home Instead Senior Care since September 2015. Since beginning work with Home Instead Senior Care, Bobbie has mainly worked weekends, as she also works another full time job, and has been with her current client since February 2016. Any shift that she can take on and any tasks, great or small a client may throw her way, she handles with grace.

Bobbie fearlessly takes on any challenge that comes her way. She is fiercly loyal to Home Instead Senior Care and any client who is blessed to have her as their CAREGiver. She is very reliable and works every weekend she is scheduled. She always calls with any new reports concerning her clients or their home enviroments to ensure that the office has the most up to date information. She is always willing to be coached on a particular task and will request or take any additional training that she feels will help her provide the best care for her clients.

Thank you Bobbie for all that you do for Home Instead Senior Care and your clients!


Jane M.- CAREGiver of the Month for May 2017

Jane M.- CAREGiver of the Month for  May 2017

Our CAREGiver for the month of May 2017 is Ms. Jane M. Jane has been with Home Instead Senior Care since September 2016 and has already worked with numerous clients whose needs vary greatly. Jane takes it all in stride and does her best to make sure that all tasks are customizable to her clients and they each feel special.

Jane takes any opportunity to educate herself about her clients, their special diets or needs, their health conditions, and any special training that the office may offer or suggest.

Jane is always updating the office when there are concerns and issues but she also loves to share funny stories her clients tell her and fun daily activities in which she creates to help keep her clients engaged. She also updates the office about changes she feels are occurring in their care or health, which is really important to her co-workers as well as the office staff and family members. She reminds us all to be on our toes and keep our eyes and ears open because even a little change can make a big difference in a senior.

Thank you Jane for all that you do for Home Instead Senior Care, our clients, your co-workers and our community! We are so blessed to have you be a part of our team!


Kesheena W.- CAREGiver of the Month for April 2017

Kesheena W.- CAREGiver of the Month for April 2017

Kesheena recently went well above and beyond the call of duty with a female client she has served for a while. The client's home was somehow recently infested with bed bugs. Kesheena reported her concerns to the office and was the first to let us and the family know that there was even a problem at the client's home. Instead of being scared or weary of the situation (as anyone might be), she got right to work and didn't even bat an eye! After her report, she jumped into action and was ready to do anything necessary to help her client get through this situation. She sprayed,cleaned and stayed in constant communication with the office to give us updates on the client and client's home. What she did for Home Instead Senior Care and her client has made all the difference. Her client can now return to her home and feel safe and well taken care of!

"The day I discovered that one of my clients had an infestation of bed bugs, I felt every emotion that day… I was angry and very saddened. I was upset because a resident was spreading them and saddened because I had to throw out all my client's household furniture. I felt horrible after knowing my client had bed bugs and I was not aware and neither was she in the state of mind to tell me. It was a very lengthy and frustrating process for both of us, but we finally got rid of them. After we discovered my client was bed bug free, we both felt relieved and excited!" said Kesheena about caring for this specific client.


Bethany W.- CAREGiver of the Month for March 2017

Bethany W.- CAREGiver of the Month for March 2017

Oftentimes, caregiving can be perceived as just another job or position in which anyone can excel in. It can also be misconceived that a CAREGiver who does excel can switch the caring on while on the job and merely switch it off when the job is done. Being a CAREGiver, however, is not a title. It is a calling, a journey. It is that special something that you carry with you everywhere.

Ms. Bethany W, our CAREGiver of the Month for March, carried this gift oustide of her work. We wiould like to share a post from our Facebook page, written by a person in the community:

"I had never heard of Home Instead until last night and I have never had any direct dealings with Home Instead but I met one of their employees last night and had to leave a review!! I was in the hospital in severe pain that ended up being a kidney infection. I was at my breaking point with the pain. The wait in the waiting room was 3 hours. An employee of yours, Bethany, came over and asked if she could put her hands on me. She rubbed my back for 45 minutes and I wouldn't have made it through it without her. A stranger rubbed my back in the E.R. out of the kindness of her heart because she noticed my pain. She went and found a blanket for a man in a wheelchair that was all alone and shaking after he had been told he couldn't have one. She brought him coffee too. A business is only as good as their employees. Way to go Home Instead!"                    


Rhonda L.- CAREGiver of the Month for February 2017

Rhonda L.- CAREGiver of the Month for February 2017

Our CAREGiver of the Month for the month of February is Ms. Rhonda L, who has nurtured this desire for years and has given its benefits forward to the many lives she has touched. Ms. Rhonda cares for her clients at Home Instead Senior Care, as well as the great veterans of our nation’s military.  

“Rhonda has a special kind of compassion that blesses everyone around her,” says Patrick Jarman, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for Home Instead Senior Care, “Her spirits are always high and she never has anything but the best thoughts for everyone. She a pleasure to work with and is a true asset to the CAREGiving profession.” 

Being a CAREGiver cannot just be an aspiration. It must be a calling, an implied duty that one must be compelled to fulfill. Ms. Rhonda shows that when you reach out to that calling, and become a drving force of good and wellness for someone, that great things can happen every day. From everyone here at Home Instead Senior Care, we thank you for each blessing you pass on and every life you brighten. Congratulations on becoming the CAREGiver of the Month for February. ​

Samantha B.- CAREGiver of the Month for January 2017

Samantha B.- CAREGiver of the Month for January 2017

Our CAREGiver of the Month for the month of January is a person that contains this inner strength and her client always has a bright day when she is there. Ms. Samantha B had very little professional experience when coming to Home Instead Senior Care. But with determination and a heart for caring, she put forth her best effort every day to ensure her client had the best care she could give.

"Being a CAREGiver is about having a family, not a job." Samantha says. "Someone that you take care of and do whatever you can for them. Someone who knows you will be there when needed and a friend when called upon. Someone you can smile and watch the Today Show with! (A long time favorite activity of her client Ms. Marguerite G.​


Seairra H.- CAREGiver of the Month for December 2016

Seairra H.- CAREGiver of the Month for December 2016

Our CAREGiver of the Month for the month of December holds this responsibility close at heart. Seairra H is always there for her clients and builds the kind of trust that any great relationship will certainly need to flourish.

"Seairra just really cares about the well-being of her clients," says Patrick Jarman, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, "She's always on time and ready to go and always reports anything that needs to be brought to our attention. She really bonds with her clients and that definitely shows when, even long after a client has ceased to need our services, they still talk about how much of a treat her company really was."

Seairra really makes an impact on the lives she touches and has that special personality that makes people just feel at home when they are around her. Our greatest goal at Home Instead Senior Care is to make our clients feel cherished and important. Seairra always has a way of doing just that.


Janet T.- CAREGiver of the Month for November 2016

Janet T.- CAREGiver of the Month for November 2016

No matter how long the day may be, or challenging a client may become, Janet is always on board with a smile. She genuinely takes great joy and even more plasure in making her clients' days just a little brighter. This brightness starts with her smile and shines with her dedication.

"Janet never wavers for anything." says Denina Rogers, Client Care Coordinator for Home Instead Senior Care, "When I arrive to visit her clients, she is always there with a big smile and eager to serve."

"It truly is a certain joy in what we do," Janet says, "I feel like when I come in for my time with a client, that their day is just a little better." 

Thank you Janet for all that you do for Home Instead Senior Care and our community!


Maxine K.- CAREGiver of the Month for October 2016

Maxine K.- CAREGiver of the Month for October 2016

Maxine has been a CAREGiver with us for many years, and it seems with each passing year, she only gets more devoted to those that are in her care. She is always punctual and knowledgable about the clients' routines for the day. She will go in early, or stay as late as she is needed.

Maxine has a big heart for what she does, and time only sees it grow as she makes true differences in the lives of her clients. With every new challenge, she looks forward with forittude and compassion and learns how to overcome yet again. She always contacts the office with any concerns and helps us stay on top of any issues that may affect her clients so that we can always provide the best service possible.

We thank you, Ms. Maxine K, for all that you do and congratulate you on being our October Caregiver of the Month!​


Patricia P.- CAREGiver of the Month for September 2016

Patricia P.- CAREGiver of the Month for September 2016

Mrs. Patricia P, our CAREGiver of the Month for the month of September, is a fantastic example of how important it is to do so. Mrs. Patricia is always early and will often stay long after her shift is scheduled to end. "It is not about work," she has said, "It is about taking care of my client." She takes extra care when documenting anything of note for the day and also makes sure that she communicates any issues with the office staff as soon as there is a concern. This allows the office to relay any changes and get the best help possible.

Being consistent is about being able to do these things regularly and never wavering, for a dire emergency can come up at any time. Being reliable, professional, and responsible is very important when it comes to building a relationship, and Mrs. Patricia is very aware of the importance it has to her duties and responsibilities.

"I never have to worry when Patricia is on shift with her client," says Patrick Jarman, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for Home Instead Senior Care, "I know that everything will be documented, accurate, and reported and that her client will be in good hands. She always fills in when she can and is truly there for her client. She really seems to get what we do and why it is important."​


Janie W.- CAREGiver of the Month for August 2016

Janie W.- CAREGiver of the Month for August 2016

Ms. Janie shows her dedication in everything that she does. Whether she is on the job and caring for her clients, or even just having a conversation with you, her passion for what she does always shows through.

“Home Instead Senior Care is the place for me,” she has said, “It provides me the foundation I need to really be there for my clients.” Ms. Janie joined our organization over a y​ear ago with a very limited part-time schedule. She has since become an invaluable asset to our team in every way and we could not imagine our company without her. As she became more available, she always found more time in her schedule for her clients and would be there with them in a moment’s notice. She has shown time and time again how much her clients truly mean to her.

Congratulations Ms. Janie and thank you for all that you do!​


Jennifer H.- CAREGiver of the Month for July 2016

Jennifer H.- CAREGiver of the Month for July 2016

Ms. Jennifer is always in contact with the office to let us know everything her client needs and to communicate any updates that pertain to her client. When we need to know anything about her client, Ms. Jennifer is always there with the latest and most accurate information. Ms. Jennifer’s hard work and caring heart makes every day a bright day for her client, and she always knows she can depend on her CAREGiver. “I love my client,” Jennifer says, “every day is truly a blessing with her. I could not ask for anything more.”​

Jennifer is always there for her client and does not see her time as a shift, but a day with her friend. It is a tight, special bond that anyone can see when they catch the two together. “Jennifer really deserves to be CAREGiver of the Month,” says Keisha Kennedy, General Manager of Home Instead Senior Care,“Her comittment and dedication to our clients and our company is unwavering.” Thank you Jennifer for all that you do!

Kesheena W.- CAREGiver of the Month for June 2016

Kesheena W.- CAREGiver of the Month for June 2016

Our CAREGiver of the Month for the month of June is Ms. Kesheena W, and everythhing she does illustrates true comittment. Kesheena is always in constant contact with our team and our clients, hoping to find a way to enhance the lives of current cl​​ients, or showing new clients how much we care. She likes to keep herself reachable and available in case anything happens with her clients so that she can be there for them no matter what may happen.

She is always ready for a new challenge and is always looking forward to her next big success. “Our clients need someone they can depend on,” she says. “they need someone that cares about them. Not just as a job, but as a human being.” When asked if things ever got difficult with her clients, she smiled and responded simply, “You can’t sweat the small stuff.”​

​Thank you Kesheena for all you do for Home Instead Senior Care and our community. (CAREGiver is pictured here with one of her clients, Ruby.)

Meagen S.- CAREGiver of the Month for May 2016

Meagen S.- CAREGiver of the Month for May 2016

Having no professional experience, Meagen came into Home Instead Senior Care simply looking to brighten peoples' days. She had taken care of her grandmother, but had no clue how she was going to do all of it for a stranger. She continued to grow her talents and never looked at any situation and unsolvable. It is this ever-reaching spirit that has kept her going as a CAREGiver.

Almost a year later, it has become second nature, and she comes to see her client every day with a tinge of excitement. "A caregiver is someone who shows profound sentiments for their client and people in general." she states, "A person who is dependable, caring, and loving. A person who cultivates love. My passion is helping others and seeing them happy. I am grateful to have that opportunity."

Meagen says she has learned much while with Home Instead, and wants to give everything she has to making the world better for seniors to live in. She wants to always be where she is needed and wants her clients to know she will always be there for them. As Meagen's time with us continues, we know those sentiments will be able to continue to ring true for her. Congratulations, Ms. Meagen, and thank you for all of your efforts for our seniors.​


Bobbie W.- CAREGiver of the Month for March 2016

Bobbie W.- CAREGiver of the Month for March 2016

Mrs. Bobbie places great importance on making everyone's day just a little brighter. As the First Lady of her church here in Mississippi, she knows that life is about God's plan, and His plan for her is to be a light for our clients. She seeks to be the changing force, to not only have that positive outlook herself, but to give her client the chance to have the same.

"Taking care of people is more than just seeing to their physical needs," she says, "but it is also about being able to brighten their day while always being professional and friendly. It is important to know that if you treat your clients with respect and kindness, you get a smile that will open up their day and yours." 

"Mrs. Bobbie is a natural choice for CAREGiver of the Month," says Denina Rogers, Client Care Coordinator for the Hattiesburg office of Home Instead Senior Care, "She is always in contact with us about her client and ensures the best of care for him. Her passion for care and drive to make sure everyone has the best day possible is both admirable and inspiring."​ Thank you Bobbie for all you do!


Rebecca O.- CAREGiver of the Month for February 2016

Rebecca O.- CAREGiver of the Month for February 2016

Ms. Rebecca is always there for those she cares for, and never lets anything else get in her way. Her care is unwavering and her heart fixed on her dedication. She quite literally makes it her mission to have everyone she cares for smiling at the end of the day.

"My seniors are my mission," she says, "they are why I am here." Ms. Rebecca says that being a caregiver means having the opportunity to love others at a time when they need it most.  She states that God created each of us with an​ infinite value and she loves being able to show clients that she loves and values them regardless of what age or stage they have reached.​


Ashante J.- CAREGiver of the Month for January 2016

Ashante J.- CAREGiver of the Month for January 2016

Knowing that one day she would want someone with compassion and understanding of what it takes to be a great caregiver, that is what she always strive to give to her clients. Ms. Ashante says that what she enjoys most about being a caregiver is not only the conversations with her clients, but the knowledge and wisdom gained from someone who has lived long and fruitful lives. "This is what makes me so honored and so proud to be that special caregiver that makes each and every day a little bit brighter," she says, "Our clients deserve all the love, respect, and care that we have and with these three characteristics you will be the best caregiver you could be." 

Congratulations Ms. Ashante, and thank you for all that you do to make your clients feel like family.​


Rhonda T.- CAREGiver of the Month for December 2015

Rhonda T.- CAREGiver of the Month for December 2015

Ms. Rhonda T dedicates herself every day to enhancing her clients' lives in the smallest ways to the biggest. Ms. Rhonda never takes her clients for granted and always shows them what they mean to her. She dedicates her entire self to the work that she does and the people that she cares for. Always on time and never late, Ms. Rhonda always gives her all and never waivers in what she does.

"She is always there for her clients," says Keisha Kennedy, General Manager of Home Instead Senior Care. "She makes every effort to be reliable for her clients and always takes any steps needed to not disappoint them. Watching her work shows that this mission beats in her heart. ​ Thank you Rhonda for all you do for HISC and your clients!


Trinetta B.- CAREGiver of the Month for November 2015

Trinetta B.- CAREGiver of the Month for November 2015

Ms. Trinetta B has been with her client for almost a year and has always been by her side. Throughout the past year, the client has gone through many changes, both in health and in life. In both, Ms. Trinetta has been there to help her transition comfortably and confidently.

"Ms. Trinetta just has love for what she does," says Patrick Jarman, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator at the Hattiesburg office of Home Instead Senior Care. "She has that fire that burns through her work with her client and gives her a purpose in what she does. She takes great pride in her job and has a great relationship with her client."

​Thank you for all that you do Ms. T! We love and appreicate you!


Sheila P.- CAREGiver of the Month for October 2015

Sheila P.- CAREGiver of the Month for October 2015

​Ms. Shiela P, October's CAREGiver of the month, exudes all of these qualities every time she is with her clients. She has been with her clients for well over a year now and treats every day like the first. She is always first in line when they need someone, and always makes time to ensure they are adequately cared for. What makes her truly shine in her role, however, is the dedication with which she does her work. "She is just so reliable," Tracy Trondson, our Staffing Coordinator, says, "I know that whenever she is with them that everything will always be okay."

"It's the relationship," Sheila said, when asked what her favorite part of being a CAREGiver was. "That relationship with my clients is by far the best thing about my job. I love going to see my clients every day. It is what keeps me going through the day. They are like family to me and I just want to do what I can to give them the best day possible."​ Thank you Sheila for all you do!


Bonnie S.- CAREGiver of the Month for September 2015

Bonnie S.- CAREGiver of the Month for September 2015

Being a part of a team is much more than just being one of many. It is the comfort of knowing you have many looking out for each one. It is about working together to best meet our clients' needs, both expressed and unexpressed and giving them the best experience possible. Having a team helps us ensure this happens every single day, and Ms. Bonnie does everything she can to make sure that happens to every client she has the pleasure of meeting.

When informed that she had made CAREGiver of the Month, Miss Bonnie would only accept if she could nominate someone in the office to share the honor with her. Therefore, with great pleasure, we also recognize Miss Tracy T, who Ms. Bonnie says has made her time with Home Instead worthwile. "Tracy has always worked with me," she says as she remembers fondly. "Anything I have ever needed, she has been there with a solution and is just as responsible for the care of our clients as I have been. Being a CAREGiver of the month, or even a CAREGiver, would just not be the same without her." ​Thank you for all that you do Ms. Bonnie. It shows everyone the type of woman you are that you would share your honor with a staffmember! You are one of a kind!


Kimberly H. -CAREGiver of the month for August 2015

Kimberly H. -CAREGiver of the month for August 2015

​Always being motivated by her desire to help others, Ms. Kimberly is always looking for new ways to give her clients a great experience. "Kimberly is amazing," says Tracy Trondsen, Staff Coordinator of Home Instead Senior Care, "She goes above and beyond to determine her clients' unexpressed needs and meets them in a caring, professional fashion. I know that whoever I put Kimberly with, she will meet and exceed their expectations and make them feel blessed to be a part of the Home Instead family." For her, it is not about getting up and going to work for the day. She sees each day as a new opportunity to spend time with family. Congratulations to Ms. Kimberly as the CAREGiver of the Month.​​


Naomi G.- CAREGiver of the Month for July 2015

Naomi G.- CAREGiver of the Month for July 2015

​Being a CAREGiver gives Mrs. Naomi a great sense of pride, "I really enjoy helping others. Just being able to be there for my client makes me smile. Hearing events and things they have done and so much they have gone through is simply amazing. I know how it feels to have others come in and take care of family members. My own mom has caregivers come to help her. So I know what my family and I expect. In turn, I try to do that for my clients and always go above and beyond." Mrs. Naomi truly embodies the spirit of being a CAREGiver and has a gift for what she does. We congratulate her as our CAREGiver of the Month for July.​


Bobbie D. -CAREGiver of the Month for June 2015

Bobbie D. -CAREGiver of the Month for June 2015

Being a CAREGiver and being able to define it as such a calling means a lot to Ms. Bobbie. "I truly enjoy the opportunity to impact clients' lives and make a difference to them. I appreciate the chance to get to know clients and their families and become an integral part of their lives. Seeing the appreciation in their eyes for the smallest of deeds I do is by far the biggest motivator for me to keep doing what I do! I feel truly blessed." We thank Ms. Bobbie for all of her contributions and congratulate her in being the CAREGiver of the Month!​


Shawn-Ashlee D.- CAREGiver of the Month for May 2015

Shawn-Ashlee D.- CAREGiver of the Month for May 2015

The CAREGiver of the Month for the month of May is Ms. Shawn-Ashlee Davis. Shawn-Ashlee has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead since June 24th, 2014. To her, it's all about being the person her client can always rely on. "To me CAREGiving means giving all of your time, energy, attention and anything else possible to create the best atmosphere possible for clients to feel important, loved and for them to know that they have worth," she says.

Ms. Davis says she works by her motto, "A life worth living is a life of giving." She does not take all of the credit, however. "The way I make a difference in the lives of my clients is by allowing God to love and work through me," she says, "I could never do what I do on my own. I find my strength in the Creator. With God, I have been able to assist clients with ADLs, but more importantly, I have been able to build relationships with clients and show them the respect that they deserve."

Ms. Shawn-Ashlee's humbleness and dedication truly shows what Home Instead Senior Care is all about. We thank her and congratulate her as CAREGiver of the Month!


Rita M.- CAREGiver of the Month for April 2015

Rita M.- CAREGiver of the Month for April 2015

​Mrs. Rita Mills is our CAREGiver of the Month. Rita has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead since August 7th, 2014. To her caregiving is a blessing. "I have always wanted to take care of seniors," she says with a wide smile. "It is a learning experience every day.  Each and every one of my seniors has become a part of my family. This is not a job to me, it is an adventure."

When asked what kind of experience she likes to provide for clients, she says "I cater to each of my clients' individual needs. I treat them with respect and dignity. They are a very important part of my life and I let them know that every time I work with them."  She says that you need to get to know their likes and dislikes and about their lives to show them that they are very important.

We are proud this month to be able to recognize Mrs. Rita Mills. Her connection with her clients is admirable and her relationships with them are genuine. We wish her the best as she continues to share her experiences with them and create new ones along the way!


Marsha G.- CAREGiver of the Month for March 2015

Marsha G.- CAREGiver of the Month for March 2015

​Our CAREGiver of the month is Ms. Marsha Green. Marsha has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead since August 12th, 2014 and feels blessed every day. "Caregiving, for me, is an opportunity to serve others." She says, "It is a chance to be there for them and demonstrate indiscriminate love. It's about letting my client know that they are not alone and that they can have someone to depend on."

When asked what motivates her to be a CAREGiver, she answered, "What motivates me is knowing that all of my efforts will make life easier for my clients. I think that is the most rewarding aspect of what we do."

Ms. Marsha Green has made a great impact on the lives of her clients. With compassion, dedication, and a true love for what she does, she is making the difficult times in their lives not so difficult.​



Taylor R.- CAREGiver of the Month for February 2015

Taylor R.- CAREGiver of the Month for February 2015

​Taylor has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead since August 9th, 2014 and has always gone out of her way to give clients a top notch experience. “I get to give my all to someone who truly needs me...” she says, “Whether it may be someone who needs companionsh​​​ip or who needs me for a little more.”

Taylor was asked what kind of relationship she felt she had with her clients. She stated that she felt she had made a great impact with all of her clients. “I would describe my relationship with my clients as wonderful,” she answered, “I can sit there and talk to them for hours about my life and their lives. They inspire me to be the best person that I can be. It amazes me how much of a history lesson that our clients can give us, and how enjoyable it can be to hear it.”

We are so proud to have you on our team Taylor and we thank you for all that you do for your clients and our community!


Nakia Lindsey- CAREGiver of the Month for January 2015

Nakia Lindsey- CAREGiver of the Month for January 2015
The CAREGiver of the month is Ms. Nakia Lindsey. Nakia has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead since May 13th, 2014 and has been exemplary in the practice of her duties. To her, caregiving means putting someone else's needs before her own and helping someone with things that others may even take for granted. It’s about being there for the client and helping them maintain their way of life.

Nakia was asked what the biggest difference was that she felt she had made in the lives of her clients and she replied, “I feel that the most meaningful difference that I have made has been taking the stress of caring for a loved one off of family members. I feel that I have been a helping hand by giving good care and I try to be as available for my clients as possible."

Thank you Nakia for all that you do. We appreciate the way you are enhancing the lives of the seniors you care for every day. 

Tracey Dyar- CAREGiver of the Month for December 2014

Tracey Dyar- CAREGiver of the Month for December 2014
Tracey has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care since August 2013. Tracey has been kind, passionate, and driven in all that she has done. Her bond with her client, Mrs. June L. (Pictured here), keeps that passion alive as they remain inseparable. Tracey has stated on numerous occasions that Mrs. Lawrence is not just a client, but that they are family. There is truly no better example of what Home Instead Senior Care is all about.

When we asked Tracey what CAREGiving meant to her, she said, “It is giving the best care to the client. I am always there to help with the little things and my client knows I can be depended on for the big things as well. I know that is how I would want to be treated if I were in their place.” 

Laura Matson- CAREGiver of the Month for November 2014

Laura Matson- CAREGiver of the Month for November 2014
Our CAREGiver of the month for November is Laura Matson.Laura has been with Home Instead Senior Care since February 2014. She quickly began to make a huge impact on her clients as well as the office staff with her calm, kind demeanor and willing spirit. There just hasn’t been a client or situation that Laura cannot take care of or handle!

When we asked Laura about CAREGiving and what it meant to her, she said, “It means being a helpful hand, having a kind heart, being willing to step outside of your comfort zone and providing a listening ear in time of need. A CAREGiver has more jobs than one would think although it may not always seem that way. When you love your job, it’s more like a new adventure every day that you are with a client.” 

Willie Bell- CAREGiver of the Month for October 2014

Willie Bell- CAREGiver of the Month for October 2014

​When we surprised Willie Bell with the news that she was our October CAREGiver of the month, she was shocked. She said, “I always just go and do my work. I don’t do it for the recognition. I never expected to get an award for just taking care of my clients.” But she was excited nonetheless! This, among so many other reasons, is why we chose Willie Bell as our CAREGiver of the month; her selfless attitude, her dependable nature, and seamless care given to each of her clients. She also is a fantastic “in a pinch” CAREGiver. Willie Bell always puts her client’s needs before her own. Thank you Willie Bell for all you do for HISC and your clients!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lakeshia Chamber- CAREGiver of the Month for September 2014

Lakeshia Chamber- CAREGiver of the Month for September 2014

​September’s CAREGiver of the month is Lakeshia Chambers. Lakeshia has been with Home Instead Senior Care since October 2013. We asked her, “Why did you decide to work with Home Instead Senior Care?” Her response was “God gave me this job. I was stressed and prayed for God’s help in getting a job.” It was a Sunday and she was searching for jobs on the internet and the Home Instead website just popped up. When Lakeshia tried to close the website, it wouldn’t! So she decided to at least try and applied for the CAREGiver position. The next day she was shocked to get a call from office. We know we are certainly excited that she completed that application. And the rest, as they say... is history! Thank you Lakeshia for all that you do for HISC and your clients.


Julie Thomas- CAREGiver of the Month for August 2014

Julie Thomas- CAREGiver of the Month for August 2014

​Julie has been with Home Instead Senior Care since October of 2013. Julie works with various clients needing all levels of care. She has a way of adapting to any situation. The best story we could share that would convey the type of CAREGiver Julie is, would be the time she called our office for her client and had us pretend that we were a local university. See, her client was a professor at this university and now has dementia. The client thinks she still needs to go to work every day and Julie must try to redirect her for safety. Julie called our office one day asking us to pretend to be the school and in the background we heard her tell her client, "The school says that due to bad weather, they are canceling classes so you don't have to go to work today." This calmed the client down and Julie was able to help her complete other tasks for the day. We were confused at first but once we realized the lengths Julie was willing to go to ensure her client's safety and keep her mind at ease, we knew we had a jewel of a CAREGiver that deserved recognition. Thank you Julie for all you do!


Lorraine Green- CAREGiver of the Month for July 2014

Lorraine Green- CAREGiver of the Month for July 2014

​Lorraine Green is our CAREGiver of the month for July. She has been with Home Instead Senior Care for two years. She has worked with various clients, multiple shifts and has completed over 2800 CAREGiver hours! Lorraine excels at working with intensive care clients or those who need major assistance with personal care needs/ activities of daily living. She is always focused on the needs of the client, their safety and is the first to report anything to the family or office that needs to be addressed, resulting in better quality of care for her clients. Thank you Lorraine for all you do. We are so blessed to have you be a part of our team!


Vanessa Mickels- CAREGiver of the Month for June 2014

Vanessa Mickels- CAREGiver of the Month for June 2014

​Vanessa works with Home Instead Senior Care on a part-time basis but has made a lasting impression on her client and client's son. Vanessa will go above and beyond the call of duty. She isn't afraid to do what is necessary for her client. She recently called the office explaining that her car had broken down and someone would be coming to get her to make sure she could provide services for her client on time. A short time later, Vanessa called back to say that her back up ride had also broken down! Eventually Vanessa took it upon herself to just start walking to the client's home. She completed the shift that afternoon and never complained! What drive and determination Vanessa has for getting the job done, no matter what!


Rossie Anderson-Howze CAREGiver of the month for May 2014

Rossie Anderson-Howze CAREGiver of the month for May 2014

​Rossie has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care since May 2013. Besides being a wonderful CAREGiver, Mrs. Rossie is also a published author (poetry) and is currently working on 8 children's books to date. As for her CAREGiving, she has willingness to learn. She completed all her training within a few weeks of being hired. She completed training beyond what was required. She is out going, friendly, never meets a stranger, and goes above and beyond the call of duty when in a client's home. She meets their expectations and usually well exceeds their further needs. She has said that she feels her work is "a calling." We are so blessed to have Mrs. Rossie on our Home Instead Senior Care Team!


Christy E. CAREGiver of the Month for April 2014

Christy E. CAREGiver of the Month for April 2014

​Christy has been with Home Instead Senior Care since July of 2013. She wanted to start as a part-time CAREGiver but every client the office scheduled her with, loved her and requested that she return. Christy has always stated that she is driven by opportunity. She has a desire to grown and learn new things. She truly has a caring and concerned nature, whether it's accepting last minute shifts, coming in early or staying late to help out her clients. She also has a way of communicating with families and the office so that the client's care is improved daily by reporting concerns and changes in care. We feel so blessed to have such a wonderful person as a part of our care team. 


Peggy R. CAREGiver of the month for March 2014

Peggy R. CAREGiver of the month for March 2014

​Peggy has been with Home Instead Senior care for over a year. She came to our organization with 20 plus years experience in providing care in various settings but felt that she thrived in the home care setting because it provides CAREGivers with the opportunity to work with a client one on one. Peggy feels this is beneficial for CAREGivers because it allows them an opportunity to build a meaningful relationship with clients and their families. Peggy excels at keeping client's engaged in activities and making sure they don't lost mobility... she likes to see them active! We love Peggy's go-get-it attitude and the energy she brings to each and every shift.


Judy F. CAREGiver of the month for February 2014

Judy F. CAREGiver of the month for February 2014

​Judy has been with Home Instead Senior Care over a year and has worked with various clients of different needs. Currently she is working with a female Alzheimer's client who has recently been diagnosed with the disease since Judy began working with her. Judy has worked to adjust her CAREGiving skills to meet this client's needs as often as she needs to, so as to adjust to cognitive changes. Judy puts her whole heart into being a CAREGiver. She is also a pastor's wife and believes that CAREGiving is a calling that only a select number of people can commit to because the work is so difficult at times. She also feels it is rewarding just to help others and appreciates the flexibility that Home Instead Senior Care has provided to her so that she can still fulfill her commitments in her church and be able to work doing something she is so passionate about.... taking care of seniors!


Joyarketta H. CAREGiver of the month for January 2014

Joyarketta H. CAREGiver of the month for January 2014

​JoJo has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead Senior Care since 2010. She is a full time teacher, is very active in her church, and also takes night classes while working some evenings and weekends with Home Instead Senior Care. She is very dedicated to her clients, very loyal to Home Instead, and is compassionate about seniors in the Hattiesburg community. When asked to share her favorite aspect of CAREGiving, she said, "ensuring that my client receives the utmost care, meaning that he/she is happy, comfortable, and feels very loved."


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