Our DSP this week is Angie. She has been with Living Well almost six years, works at our Central house up in Cambridge, and is a total rock star. She lives close by and is always ready to jump in and help when needed. There is nothing that will keep her away when someone needs help. She is full of energy, is always ready for the next thing on the list and is loved by the people who live and work in the home.

With Joni at the State Fair.

Deb Krienitz, Program Manager, says, “Angie gives her all and I just love her. She is young and full of life, and she shows it every day. I have such amazing staff, and I feel so lucky to have her on the team.” Deb adds, “Angie is here for all of the right reasons. She is the person to have on hand in any emergency. She lives five minutes away and will come over if we need help with things, even off shift. She will go to the ER if needed, be lead in a medical situation, and just take care of anything that needs to be done.” Everybody loves Angie, and Donnie will ask where she went if she simply leaves the room. Deb says with a smile, “She has a special connection with all of these guys.”

In her happy place away from work.

In addition to being a born caretaker, Angie loves to ride horses and share her knowledge about animals with children through helping them at 4H and at church. She is a bit of a prankster, often seen wearing a blow-up unicorn costume and occasionally hiding stuff around the house to keep the staff on their feet and forever laughing.

If Angie isn’t laughing, she is smiling—she is a treasure.

Angie, we are so grateful you are part of the Living Well family and that you chose to make a career out of caring. We appreciate your incredible energy and indelible kindness. Thank you for making Central safe and FUN!

 

 

 

ABOUT ANGIE

Number of years/months with Living Well: 5 years 9 months

Hobbies/Interests: I love riding and showing horses, and helping kids show horses.

Education: Some college at River Falls, Animal Science and Generals.

Job Experience/History: I started in 2011 by working at Grace Point Crossing as a CNA, then I moved on to home care with a few gentlemen in their private homes. After that I worked at a day program, Industries/Phase. After that I decided to come to Central and have been here for six years.

Favorite part of the job: My favorite part of the job is hanging out and doing outings with the people in the house and going on vacations. We have traveled to Duluth to see the boats, Redwood falls to see the Little House in the Prairie, and last summer we took a trip to Branson MO and went on a showboat ride, saw the Dolly Parton Stampede. While at the Stampede it was so fun seeing the guys singing and dancing to the music. We also enjoy going to the State Fair in August. I have also been known to wear a unicorn costume to visit with the guys and shovel the snow on the sidewalk. This may not be a favorite for many staff but I also really enjoy going on medical appointments, it gets us out of the house and we get to do something different and we can make an adventure out of it.

Making work FUN!

Favorite or craziest work story: I am known as the Crazy staff in the house. I dress up a teddy bear and hide him around the house to scare staff when they go into different rooms. Last winter I brought my Unicorn Costume to work and jumped out when Twyla came in the door for her shift. The staff here still laugh about it! Another memory I will never forget is last year when the snow and ice in our driveway was awful. One day I went out and spent hours pounding and breaking up the 4-5 inches of ice off the driveway with my Program Manager, Deb. When we were done, we came into the house and she grabbed a cup of coffee and I could see how tired she was, and it made me realize the hours of work we put into clearing the ice and snow. I must have been half delusional at that point and started laughing uncontrollably. Deb and Jen both looked at me and tried to figure out why I was laughing, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t even talk to them. Having a workplace where you can work hard and still laugh feels like a good place to be.

What is your motivation for coming to work: The people who live in the house and the staff at Central are the reasons I come to work every day. I love them like they are my own family.

What made you apply: I worked in the shop and drove bus at Industries/Phase, the day program that the people in our house attend. When I decided to leave that job, I was sad to leave the guys at Central. Jennifer, who was also working at Industries, knew how hard it was for me to leave, so she suggested I apply to Central. I put my application in that night and was hired the next day.

What makes you stay: The people in the house and the staff are the reason I stay.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: Come join us. We are like a big family here at Central. We all love the people who live here, and we like to have fun with the staff. But watch out because you might get a little scare from a Unicorn, or a bear hidden around the house.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: When I am not at work, I haul horses and kids to horse shows, barrel races, and rodeos all over MN, WI, and IA. I also live on a family farm with my dad and brother and help raise beef cattle and love having baby calves in the spring.

Do you volunteer in your community or school: I have been a Horse Project leader in 4H for over 15 years. I love helping the kids show horses and planning the Isanti County Fair horse show every July. Then I also have a group of kids that go on to show at the State 4H horse show every September at the State Fairgrounds. I am also active in my church and help with the youth programs and nursery.

 

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