Our DSP this week is Caroline. She works at our Elgin house and is a kind, caring and vibrant human with a sparkly personality who just happens to love her job and her coworkers. Caroline is up for any adventure and can often be found out and about having fun with the crew from the house. She is always happy to go to Thursday Social Club at Inver Hills Community College, and just this week she was in St Paul for Disability Services Day at the Capitol where she rallied for the people she supports and her coworkers, too.

Program Manager, Chinatu Ejodamen, says, “The staff and parents appreciate her and how she shares information and important details quickly. It is obvious that Caroline cares deeply for the guys, and everyone really enjoys her and thinks she is exceptional.” Adding, “She also handles some of the not so little things, like taking care of their look and getting them ready for day program. She effortlessly makes their hair look nice hair and gets them ready for the day. And she can also deep clean like a pro, which is very much appreciated.”

Communications Manager, Heather Heier, spent much of the morning with Caroline and Chinatu on Tuesday at Day at the Capitol and was impressed by their abundant energy and obvious dedication to their work and the people at Elgin. She says, “Caroline was a joy to spend time with. She was super attentive to Jeffery’s needs and had a smile on her face the entire time. She makes the work look far easier than it is, and she radiates kindness. Both Caroline and Chinatu are incredible people, and I was honored to get to know them a little better on such an important day.”

Caroline, we sincerely appreciate all you do for Living Well. Your amazing energy paves the way for all the amazing things the people at Elgin get to do every day. We are grateful for you. Thank you for making a career out of caring.

 

 

 

ABOUT CAROLINE:

Number of years/months with Living Well: 4 years 7 months

Hobbies/Interests: I really enjoy music, concerts, going out, and traveling. I love Christian, Country and R&B music.

Education: I earned a degree in economics back home in Nigeria.

Job Experience/History: Apart from business I have always been passionate about caring for others—so I have always done both.

Favorite part of the job: How to describe that, taking care of the people and making them feel at home and not discriminated against is important to me. I love coming to work. If I don’t come in, I have to call and check in on everyone. It brings me joy coming to work.

Favorite or craziest work story: I just got engaged a month ago. Will get married by the end of this year.

What is your motivation for coming to work: The passion I have for them, the people I take care of, that is my drive every day.

What made you apply: When we first came to Minnesota we lived in Burnsville, then Oakdale. When I got my CNA I met a friend that had contact with someone at Living Well. They recommended we drive by the house to see the location. The manager there gave me info for part time work. When we moved to Apple Valley, I became part of Elgin.

What makes you stay: The love I have for the clients. And the staff I work with, we are always happy to come to work. We have a really good time together.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: Over time I have referred four family members to apply. I tell everyone that Living Well is accommodating and loving, that they always want to take care of staff, that it can be a flexible job, and that they will love it. The pay might not be what you want but the most important thing is doing a job you want to do.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: I love to cook. Any kind of food, especially African, but anything I can get ingredients for. Even if outcome is bad, I like trying new recipes. I am not great at American food, but I am getting better. I like to share food and nourish people.

Do you volunteer in your community or school: I normally volunteer to go pack food. After church we give to the needy outside the country at Feed My Starving Children.