Our DSP this week is Betty, and she works at our East Emerson home. She celebrated her three-year anniversary last week, and we are delighted she is part of the Living Well family.

Jenny Schwoch, Program Manager, says, “Betty is very accepting, and she truly cares for all the people at the house. She pays attention to the little things. If someone is not sleeping or eating, she notices and attends to their needs, then reports to the managers so they can try to figure out what is going on and make an appropriate plan. She treats everyone very kindly and like family.” Jenny adds, “Betty goes above and beyond. She picks up extra hours, is generally happy, and is always there for the folks. She cares about the staff as well, asking how their kids and significant others are doing.”

Betty is a natural caregiver and a doting grandmother. She is very attuned to the needs of others and can expertly pick up on their cues and needs. Back in Africa she was educated in home economics, and her attention to detail makes her training obvious.

Betty, we appreciate you and are grateful for the amazing work you do at East Emerson. Thank you for joining the team!




Number of years/months with Living Well: 3 years

Hobbies/Interests: My hobbies are reading, especially my Bible, and I like to listen to the 10PM news every night before my shift. I get the news from back in Nigeria and watch the US news as well. I like cleaning the house and making sure everything is clean. Even as a little girl my brother would tease me for wanting an orderly home. I like cooking, especially Nigerian food, white rice and stew that is different from stew here, with tomatoes, onions, fresh pepper, lots of seasoning, ghee, curry and thyme. My daughter likes to make American food and I make Nigerian food, as my husband is used to the food from home. Nigerian food is quicker and lighter.

Education: Back home I studied nutrition and home economics, as well as Christian studies/psychology.

Job Experience/History: I was a teacher of food and nutrition back home, here I have been a DSP at Living Well.

Favorite part of the job: Because of my religious background I was taught to take care of people, and love people, regardless of ability. My home economics training has made the work perfect for my skills, it matches well with my training. And, I love the clients here.

Favorite work story: When we practiced a fire alarm so we would be able to help in the event of an emergency.

What is your motivation for coming to work: The reason I am happy to come to work is because of the pay, if you have money, you can send some home and make people happy. Talking to clients and coworkers and interacting with people in the morning is nice, and I like taking care of people—going on walks, talking, making food. Anytime I get to work I become very strong, which motivates me. I love my work.

What made you apply: When I came to the US I came to take care of my daughter in law, when she delivered her baby, a family member mentioned the work at Living Well was good, and that overtime was great. She had been a CNA and recommended it.

What makes you stay: They treat me so good, and treat clients like their own children or brothers or sisters. If it weren’t so wonderful I wouldn’t stay. The pay is also key, and the training is great.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: Tell them to apply and that Living Well takes care of their workers. It is a good company.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: Play with my grandson, he always makes me laugh. If I am bored, I will go there and play with him. I also enjoy listening to men of God preaching as my husband is a minister.

Do you volunteer in your community or school: I help at my husband’s church by cleaning and making breakfast.




Want to nominate a DSP? Please email jessica.maurer@livingwell.org to nominate a Living Well DSP. Special thanks to Miles and Cheri Cohen for their support of DSP of Week. Want to join them in underwriting our DSP Shoutout Program? Please contact jamee.yung@livingwell.org for sponsorship opportunities.