Recognition of Community Volunteers
Legacy of Love
As a dear and close friend of Maria’s – he often came out for her birthday, bringing along his “cast of characters” but none were as popular as “Elvis”. Maria would laugh in delight and clap her hands whenever Elvis made an appearance – she was a big fan – not only of Elvis but of Larry Sprinkle.
Larry is well known throughout the Charlotte region – he has a huge fan base. We all know him as the weather anchor for the weekday morning newscast on WCNC News Channel 36 – who hasn’t seen his Halloween characters or Larry the world’s largest leprechaun.
Every year at our annual Angel Bowl – and Larry has been volunteering as one of our guest emcees for nearly 19 years – his fans flock around him for photos and autographs – He’s a celebrity in our midst.
He serves as our favorite emcee – and comes whenever asked – he brought his best Italian accent to a recent fundraiser – our Italian dinner – Grazie Mille Gala.
He is most generous with his time and talents – not only at Holy Angels – but with other organizations – like Special Olympics, Kinder mourn, Second Harvest Food Bank and more – He is also great with the kids in the area schools.
His commitment and dedication are reminders to us of the importance of our ministry at Holy Angels - to care for, provide fun and enjoyment for and love deeply those who need it most – our residents!
Preston Wilson, of Bower Traust, believes in making a difference in the world and giving back. He has an incredible imagination when designing and creating a business space.
He understands the goals and mission of Holy Angels and strives to help our businesses and facility achieve greatness. Preston is always willing to go the extra mile to achieve a higher success for his clients
As we have developed new business enterprises (Cotton Candy Factory, Bliss Gallery & Spruced Goose Station), Preston brought his unique ability to look at each Holy Angels business and identify what key factors were needed to help them grow and be successful. He did an amazing job in creating a new look for Cherubs Café.
He understands and takes to heart our vision and mission – we are a place of loving, living, and learning for the differently able. Through his caring heart, he has made a huge difference at Holy Angels.
Dr. Arey, Executive Director of Sanctuary Counseling Center, has provided counseling services for one of Holy Angels residents for the past 11 years – Pro Bono. His counseling included lots of support and guidance for this resident.
Although they often come at different times, the entire family is committed to sharing their love with one of our residents. Matthew and his sister, Kaitlyn have served as Summer Volunteens. Their parents, Kathy and David, come often just so they can make our resident smile. The Sedor Family has set a high standard for the impact volunteers can make.
Staff from Walgreens from around the Charlotte Region have shared their time, talents and resources on behalf of Holy Angels residents. You will often find them around campus or at Camp Hope helping with outdoor projects. During special seasons, they share gift cards in order to purchase things to fill some of the residents’ needs.
It began with phone call four years ago to our Foundation – Jeanie looking for a volunteer opportunity. Jeanie was asked to help with the Grazie Mille Gala, the Foundation needed assisting in securing auction items. She responded with an enthusiastic YES!
She used her networking skills and traveled throughout Charlotte, securing unique items and services. Not only did she secure items, but she shared our mission with businesses and friends alike.
This couple started out with their dog, Champ, for Pet Therapy, visiting residents in classroom and homes. Through Pet Therapy, they got to know many of the residents and staff. It wasn’t long before they fell in love with two of our residents, Drew and Andreww.
Residents share great smiles with her when she arrives . . . they know they will soon be looking good after she cuts and styles their hair. She makes each one feel very special.
The residents in the Fox Run homes always look good thanks to Barbie. She is known to go the extra mile, staying longer to make sure each resident’s hair style is just right.
Recognition of Holy Angels Staff Members
Torrance loves to wash dishes, he even washes the items that go into the recycle bin. He is happy and is quick to do any job that is requested by another staff member. You will often find him in the kitchen where he always chops broccoli - just the right way. Should a light go out – he sounds the alert, so all of our stores stay well-lit all the time.
You will never find Torrance without his cheerful smile!
Jay always goes above and beyond at Bliss Gallery when hanging new pieces of art and helping us prepare for a new show and he is always there helping with taking them down. He is always willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Always with a smile, Jay is flexible in changing his schedule or work site, to assist wherever and whenever he is needed.
Donna performs her job at an exceptional level within her job description. She is flexible when it comes to her schedule and work assignment – working whenever and wherever she is needed. She is a very caring and loving individual, a team player and gets along well with the staff with whom she works. You can count on Donna having a positive attitude. Her co-workers say it is always a pleasure to work with Donna.
Amanda’s dedication to Holy Angels is evident in her attention to detail in her job as the 2nd shift campus manager. She provides clear and direct communication, and her consistent manner of holding staff accountable. Amanda listens to the needs of the staff and responds thoughtfully and reasonability without partiality. Amanda truly demonstrates excellence within her area of responsibility.
Sade has an exceptional work ethic and attitude. She is always positive – willing to do whatever is needed to be done. Staff members enjoy working with her - she is a great team player, treats all with dignity and respect. The residents always look forward to her time with them – she treats residents just like friends.
Named in honor and memory of Holy Angels' first resident for her spirit of love, perseverance and can-do attitude.
Jasmine is great at sharing her enthusiasm joyful attitude and fun loving spirit with residents and staff alike. She is a great cheerleader especially during DSP week.
She is known to go above and beyond daily for the residents. She is an advocate for the residents. Willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, you never see her without a smile. New staff members have a good mentor in Jasmine, who helps them to better be of service with the residents.
Named in memory of a member of the nursing staff who had an unbounded spirit of generosity.
Amanda is known for her gentle, caring approach with our residents showing compassionate care with a positive attitude. She has assisted our residents by being an advocate at off campus appointments, helping with the many onsite clinics and serving the needs of our community group home residents. She takes critical situations and nursing pressures in stride. She is conscientious and works to make sure that quality care is first and foremost. Her caring attitude is contagious to the new staff members she trains as well as to those she has worked alongside of for over nine years.
Recognizes a staff member's extraordinary and exemplary efforts on behalf of Holy Angels and the residents we serve.
Becky is known for her positive attitude and sharing her smile with all she meets. She encourages staff and residents to do their very best. She displays great patience and kindness with our residents and provides them opportunities to achieve success whenever they are helping her. Becky will work wherever needed – laundry, kitchen and environmental services. For over 15 years, Becky has demonstrated excellence within her job and shared her compassionate heart.
For nearly 17 years, Lynn Hill has served as an LPTA, working with the residents at Holy Angels. Lynn has brought her fun loving spirit and enthusiasm to the staff and residents. Daily she exhibits her commitment to the mission and ministry of Holy Angels – serving the differently able. She has proven she is an exceptional team member – most recently agreeing to serve as a relief shift supervisor in order to fill a staffing need. With her positive attitude, she was a natural choice to serve as one of our key supervisors. Flexibility could be her middle name – she is always willing to do whatever is needed to get the job done. Lynn has continually shared with the staff hands-on training when it comes to providing the proper PT techniques when working with the residents – they all agree she is a good teacher. New staff are encouraged when she is their mentor – she is welcoming and serves as a role model for them. She brings out the best in each staff member with whom she works. The Holy Angels residents know they are in good hands when she is working with them, their health and well-being are at the center of her time with them. . .and, they know it will be time filled with fun when Lynn is working with them. We definitely have a priceless treasure in Lynn Hill.
Since February 11, 2003, Brenda has shared her love and compassionate care with the residents of Holy Angels. Beginning as a direct support professional, she immediately became an indispensable and exceptional team player – no matter what shift she has worked. She has served as the 3rd shift manager for our ICF/IIDD group homes, and a group home manager. For the past eight years she has served as a Health Care Tech. Whenever needed she will come in on her day off or stay longer – whatever is needed to assure each resident receives quality care. Her co-workers describe her as always positive and uplifting. Brenda is creative and finds new ways to work with the residents. She has great rapport with the staff and residents (who absolutely love her). She continually goes above and beyond her regular job description. Recognized as a caring, concerned and committed staff member – all agree she is a joy to work with – and know she will give her co-workers the support and help they need in their daily work schedule. Brenda Barker is truly one of Holy Angels treasures.