Don and Cindy.

Our DSP this week is Cindy, and for the past four years she has been working at our Inndale home. Prior to that she worked with people in our Customized Services department. She is a busy woman and in addition to working part time with us, she also works fulltime in the ISD 196 (Rosemount, Apple Vally, Eagan) school district.

Mary Larson, Program manager at the house, says, “With all the unknown and challenges of the pandemic—it brought us Cindy! At first, she came to us to do distance learning with an individual. And we are so lucky to now have her as a permanent staff. Cindy is reliable, dedicated and so giving. She is a wonderful part of the Inndale team!” Mary adds, “Cindy is self-driven and knows what needs to be done and does with it no questions asked. She takes the lead on planning activities whether it be BINGO, craft projects or baking. You can see many of the finished projects displayed throughout the house.

Everyone looks forward to the Sunday activities and many of them give the projects to their family members. Cindy connects with the volunteers and makes them feel welcome and included and they even join in on the activities. Her dedication to the people that call Inndale their home is unwavering!”

Don Golofski has lived at Inndale since 2017, and says this about Cindy, “She is one of the hardest working and most joyful people I have met. She is willing to help with whatever is needed. My favorite thing is all the activities she plans and does with us.”

Cindy, you are a dedicated and devoted member of the Living Well Disability Services family, and we are delighted that you made room for the Inndale crew in your busy schedule. We appreciate your hard work and are grateful you have chosen to make a career out of caring.

 

 

 

ABOUT CINDY

Number of years/months with Living Well:  8 years 2 months

Hobbies/Interests: I like sewing, camping, reading, and gardening.

Job Experience/History: In addition to Living Well I have 35 years in at ISD 196 (Rosemount, Apple Vally, Eagan school district). I also did respite care for 30 years for Dakota County. I have a couple of families that I currently do PCA for as well.

Favorite part of the job: My favorite part is just being with the residents and interacting with them. I enjoy taking them on outings. I enjoy doing crafts, baking, or having game night. They all love to play BINGO and win prizes. They are all so appreciative. We all love to joke and kid around.

Favorite work story: We all have so much fun telling jokes around the house. But a favorite memory close and dear to my heart is when I first started working at Inndale. There was a resident who passed away after about five months working there. When I finished my shift, I would always go to his room to watch TV or just talk. I found out we grew up in the same area. Our schools played sports against each other. Just a lot in common. One night I didn’t say good night because he was sleeping. I apologized the next night because I felt so bad. He told me next time to wake him up. I knew then that he looked forward to our talks as much as I did.

What is your motivation for coming to work: What keeps me motivated for coming to work are the residents and the staff. We all support one another. I couldn’t ask for a better program manager.

What made you apply: I was working for Customized Services at the time (providing services through Living Well to a person who lives in their own home), and when COVID hit everyone was doing online learning. They were looking for someone to Zoom with one of their residents. About a year or so later my manager, Mary, was going through her address book and she came across my name. She called, and I said yes. It was perfect timing, I was going to start looking for a job for the summer.

What makes you stay: Like I said, what makes me stay are the residents. I have always had an interest from the time I was young in working with people with disabilities. Knowing that I can make a difference in their lives and seeing the joy and excitement in things that we do. It warms my heart.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: I’m always telling people that Living Well is a great company to work for. They care about their employees. It is a rewarding job.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, camping, gardening and my two dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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