Mariclair O’Connell, Community Outreach Specialist
Mariclair came to Home Instead Senior Care (HISC) around 2012. She had lost many members of her family back in 2000-2003, serving them before death in the capacity of primary administrator and as a caregiver for several of them. A "job" that she embraced and loved.
When seeking employment in 2012-2103 she came upon HISC, and due to her extensive personal elder care experience, was immediately welcomed into the Rohnert Park HISC family.
Unfortunately her stay was interrupted by health issues, so, when she came back around - she reached out to our owner, Julieann. Julieann decided that Mariclair’s efforts would be best aligned with special projects - and so she became our Community Outreach Specialist for the Rohnert Park office.
This is when her connection to "Be A Santa To A Senior" (BASTAS) was born. Her first year (2016) was a whirlwind of getting up to speed on the program, working from an amazing base of info and coming to understand the scope of the program. This year she has been genuinely overwhelmed - and more than invested than ever in this program that serves the huge need for Seniors who are alone over the holidays. The most gratifying part of the program is that it could only be done BY the community of Sonoma County.
It would seem that this year - the generosity of the community of Sonoma County is almost greater than the need. We have over 400 seniors from resident facilities throughout the county who are recipients of the BASTAS gifts this year. Every gift will be fulfilled and then some as the people who reach out to fill the gift requests are so generous! #sonomastrong