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CAREGiver Awards & Recognition 

At Home Instead®, our success revolves around our CAREGiversâ„  – and we know it! We celebrate CAREGivers year-round in many ways: a note of appreciation, recognition in our employee newsletter, perhaps an impromptu office party.
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Home Instead CAREGiver of the Year Award

CAREGiver appreciation is baked into our DNA. We sincerely value the passion and talent each CAREGiver brings to our mission day in and day out.

To thank our CAREGivers for all the amazing things they do, we nominate a person for our national Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year award. It’s a small way to show how thankful we are to them for demonstrating compassion and exceptional care to the seniors and families they serve.


2020 CAREGiver of the Year: Kristie Briggs

CAREGivers of the Month

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Nicole Borcyk

Help us congratulate our CAREGiver of the Month for August, Nicole Borcyk!

Nicole is a team player and always taking the lead. She will look for ways to keep a client engaged, even setting up a fun picnic or reaching out to the office for more ideas.

Thank you, Nicole, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead. We are excited for you and are thrilled you are the CAREGiver of the Month for August!

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Gail Yearian

Help us congratulate our CAREGiver of the Month for July, Gail Yearian!

Gail joined the team in 2017 after working in retail. She was ready for a change. She is always a go-getter and goes above and beyond. Always the professional, she is a fierce companion to her clients. Gail is willing to change her schedule if it means an easier day for her clients. When Gail is not serving others, she enjoys being outside in her garden, baking for her family, and camping/fishing in the great outdoors.

Thank you, Gail, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead! We are excited for you and are thrilled you are the CAREGiver of the Month for July!

June CAREGiver

Alene Harris

Congratulations to our CAREGiver of the Month for June, Alene Harris!

Alene is a faithful “weekend” warrior. After working the week at LPS, she works an additional 15hrs with Home Instead. She is a wonderful advocate for her clients, always ensuring they are being treated with the dignity they deserve.

Alene joined Home Instead 13 years ago after having a career in NYC as an Art Director. She also works as a Para-Professional with the Lincoln Public Schools. When not working, Alene enjoys traveling, gardening and time with her family.

Thank you, Alene, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead. We are excited for you and are thrilled you are the CAREGiver of the Month for June!
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Davetta Nelson

Congratulations to Davetta Nelson, our CAREGiver of the month for May!

Davetta joined the team at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. Already a busy woman as a mother, juvenile probation officer, and member of Leadership Lincoln, she was referred to Home Instead by a current CG friend, and soon after, we had her in class! Davetta works many of her hours with one client, and for the safety of her client, the family could not visit like they wanted. Davetta assisted them in setting up Facetime so that the client could talk to her son regularly!

Thank you, Davetta, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead! We are excited for you and are thrilled you are the CAREGiver of the Month for May!
CAREGiver April 2021

Robin Miller

Help us congratulate our CAREGiver of the Month for April– Robin Miller! Robin joined the family of CAREGivers in October 2019. At the time, she was a full-time dental assistant in a busy dental office. Since then, she has moved to Home Instead full time and blesses her clients each shift. She has an ability to connect with people and quickly jumps in to help them with their needs. Recently, she has been helping a client with some reorganizing in the home. He doesn't know how he would do it without Robin. Thank you, Robin, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead. We are excited and thrilled you are our CAREGiver of the Month for April!
March CAREGiver

Kristi

Kristi joined the team in 2014 and has worked with over a dozen different clients in that time. She is always willing to fill in when she can! She communicates her client's needs with the office regularly and advocates for their quality of life! Kristi cares deeply for her clients, and her clients would say she is fantastic! Kristi has a bubbly personality and contagious laugh! She brightens any room she walks in!

Thank you, Kristi, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead! We are excited for you and are thrilled you are the CAREGiver of the Month for March!
Febraury CAREGiver 2021

Kelon

Kelon joined us at the beginning of the pandemic as a Para with Lincoln Public Schools. As classes were shutting down, he was left without work and needed something to occupy his time, but it needed to be rewarding. So he landed at Home Instead. Even as classes started back up in the fall, Kelon was committed to his clients and ensuring they had the consistency they need and desire!

Thank you, Kelon- for sharing your heart and building trust! We are thrilled for you and excited you are the CAREGiver of the Month!!
January CAREGiver 2021

Tabitha

Tabitha joined the team in September 2020, and after caring for her mother in the past, she wanted to give back to others. She is unwavering in her care for her clients and always ensures they have just what they need!

Thank you, Tabitha, for sharing your heart and taking the lead! We are blessed to call you family and excited to honor you with CAREGiver of the Month!
CAREGiver of the year 2020

Kristie Briggs

Join us in congratulating our CAREGiver of the Year 2020, Kristie Briggs!

Kristie joined the team in 2013 with a passion and drive to help seniors after retirement. She has lived and breathed those words with every client and shift she has worked. Kristie is a fierce companion and advocate for her clients!

When not serving her clients– Kristie spends time with her family and also enjoys shopping!

Thank you, Kristie, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead! We are thankful for you and are happy you are the CAREGiver of the Year for 2020!
December CAREGiver 2020

Connie Vohland

We are thrilled to announce our CAREGiver of the month for December 2020– Connie Vohland!

Connie joined the team in 2017, looking for a new adventure! She was quickly matched with her current client, and they have been stuck together ever since! Her client says she would be lost without Connie! She is a fierce companion and will always go above and beyond!

Thank you, Connie, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead!! We are excited you are a part of our team and family! Congratulations on December 2020, CAREGiver of the month!
November CAREGiver 2020

Julie Severin

We are thrilled to announce our CAREGiver of the month for November is Julie Severin! Julie is a hard working CAREGiver, willing to drop everything when she can to help out a client. She is an amazing advocate for her clients, especially in facilities and ensuring their needs are being met. Julie joined our team in 2017 while attending classes online for Healthcare Management and Gerontology. On her days off, she enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren. Thank you, Julie, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead. We are happy you are a part of our team and family. Congratulations on winning the November CAREGiver of the month!
October CAREGiver 2020

Rebecca Fisher

We are thrilled to announce our CAREGiver of the month for October 2020– Rebecca Fisher!!

Rebecca is an overnight CAREGiver and has blessed us with her skills since August 2019! She is a gentle, calming figure in what can be a difficult time, especially hospice.
 
When Rebecca is not serving her Home Instead clients, she serves others at Christ Lincoln. Rebecca loves to travel the world, be with her family, and learn new things!
 
Thank you, Rebecca- for sharing your heart and always taking the lead!! We are happy you are a part of our team and family! 
 
Congratulations on October 2020 CAREGiver of the month!
September CAREGiver 2020

Joyce Reimers

We are thrilled to announce our CAREGiver of the month for September 2020– Joyce Reimers!!

Joyce joined the Home Instead family in 2015 and has been blessed to work with the same client since the beginning! She and her client used to enjoy going shopping and getting ice cream, but as time went by, her client was unable to do as much. But that didn't change the love and care Joyce provided! She is a blessing to her client, their family, and HISC!
 
Thank you, Joyce, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead!! We are happy you are a part of our team and family! Congratulations on September 2020 CAREGiver of the month!
August CAREGiver 2020

Olga Navarro

We are proud to announce our CAREGiver of the month for August 2020– Olga Navarro!!

Olga has been part of Home Instead since 2015! Shortly after training, she was matched with her client Maria and has been with her ever since! Olga is very attentive to her client's needs and willing to help pick up shifts willing to add more hours if it helps her client!
 
When Olga is not sharing her heart, she enjoys time with her family, dancing, and crafting. She is strong in her faith and of giving to others!
 
Thank you, Olga, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead!! We are happy you are part of our team and family!
Congratulations on August 2020 CAREGiver of the month!
July CAREGiver 2020

Sheila Frank

We are proud to announce our CAREGiver of the month for July 2020– Sheila Frank!!

Sheila is a quiet and behind the scenes type of CAREGiver. She is dependable and faithful to her clients. Sheila is flexible with her schedule to meet her client's needs, even working 6 days a week! She has a heart of gold and her clients adore her!
 
Thank you, Sheila, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead!! We are happy you are a part of our team and family! Congratulations on July 2020 CAREGiver of the month!

 

June CAREGiver 2020

Jamie Ritchey

We are thrilled to announce our CAREGiver of the month for June 2020– Jamie Ritchey!!

If you ask Jamie’s clients their favorite part about Jamie– they would say she is so fun and sweet! She is always looking for ways to engage her clients, including Friday night scrabble!
 
Jamie never thought her “side job” would be her favorite job! Jamie describes her clients as “a blessing” to her!
 
When Jamie is not working with her HISC clients, she is a school teacher for LPS! Once a life changer– always a life changer!
 
Thank you, Jamie, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead!! We are happy you are a part of our team and family! Congratulations on June 2020 CAREGiver of the month!

 

May CAREGiver 2020

Linda Miller

We are thrilled to announce our CAREGiver of the month for May 2020– Linda Miller!!

Linda’s clients would describe her as sweet, kind, and wonderful! She is always looking for ways to engage her clients. She says it is easy when your clients are great and like family! Linda is always so patient and willing to pick up shifts with her clients!

Thank you, Linda, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead!! We are happy you are a part of our team and family! Congratulations on May 2020 CAREGiver of the month!
April CAREGiver 2020

Liz Leon Flores

We are thrilled to announce our CAREGiver of the month for 2020 April– Liz Leon Flores!!

Liz’s clients describe her as efficient, kind, and easy to talk to! She is always willing to pick up shifts with her current clients– she will even rearrange her own personal schedule just to ensure her clients have a familiar face! Liz is a team player and always willing to help out scheduling with new clients!

Liz is a returning CAREGiver from 2016 and has been with us this last time since July 2018! Liz values her family and her faith and enjoys camping and being around the water!

Thank you, Liz, for sharing your heart and always taking the lead!! We are happy you are apart of our team and family! Congratulations on April 2020 CAREGiver of the month!

March CAREGiver 2020

Andrea Helmkamp

We are thrilled to announce our CAREGiver of the month for 2020 March- Andrea Helmkamp!!

When Andrea walks into a room- she lights it up with her infectious smile and wit! She is a great client advocate- always looking for ways to improve their surroundings and will let the office team know right away if something should be addressed! For a previous client, she would make them yummy home-cooked meals and even helped with some gardening!! Andrea is always willing to pick up shifts for scheduling and LOVES working holidays!

Andrea joined us in 2017- she had previously worked in facilities and wanted to get back to the aging population. Andrea is an avid shopper and always looking for the next deal!! She and her husband have been married for over 25 years and have 3 adult children! And don’t forget the fur-baby!!

Thank you Andrea- for sharing your heart and always taking the lead!! We are happy you are apart of our team and family! Congratulations on March 2020 CAREGiver of the month!

 

February CAREGiver 2020

Alyssa Simnitt

We are proud to announce our CAREGiver of the month for 2020 February- Alyssa Simnitt!

Alyssa is one of those CAREGivers you can send to almost any client and she will rock it! Her clients say she is exceedingly efficient, a go-getter, and super sweet! “I would give Alyssa an A+ in terms of the very valuable help she gives me." She is always looking for ways to engage her clients, including shopping and Hockey games!

Alyssa joined our team in January 2017 while attending the University of Nebraska-Kearney for social work. Since then, she has completed two Masters in Criminal Justice and Social Work. She is married and has 3 kids- her kitties. When she is not providing excellent care to her clients, Alyssa works for Avalon Hospice as a Service Coordinator.

Thank you, Alyssa, for always going above and beyond! We are lucky to have you as part of our HISC team and family! Congratulations on February 2020 CAREGiver of the month!

Judy Slama

Bringing in the New Year with our AMAZING Caregiver of the Month for January, Judy Slama!


Judy joined the HISC team in August of 2017. She pretty much hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since! Judy always goes above and beyond for her clients. She is one to put her whole heart into everything she does. Judy is a very busy lady, but somehow she always finds a way to help out her team in a moment’s notice.

Once, Judy was called to see if she could fill in on a shift for a CAREGiver who had an emergency situation to attend to. We sent a message to Judy to see if she could help us out. Judy was responding yes, as she was walking out the door to help. She was on-site with the client within 10 minutes. Not hesitating for a moment to help someone out.


Another time, Judy made homemade chicken noodle soup for a client whose stove was not working and brought it to her. The client loved the soup so much (and the gesture) she even ate it for breakfast! She is always there for others!

When Judy is not busy CAREGiving for our amazing clients, you might find her sewing or doing water aerobics.

Thank you, Judy, for always going above and beyond in everything you do. We are honored to have you on our Home Instead team. Congratulations on earning January 2020 CAREGiver of the Month!