Pillars In Action: Servant Leadership
I’ve had the pleasure of working at St Joseph Home going on ten years now. I started off working as a Direct Support Professional and have transitioned into my current role as a Habilitation Assistant. Through the various roles I have played within the community, I have been given a new set of eyes.
I firmly believe that you can teach all the task and duties of the job, however you cannot teach what absolutely matters most – LOVE and COMPASSION. That’s what is needed on the inside of you to work at St Joseph Home. The trust and love that our residents and their families display on a daily basis, is worth more than any reward or recognition. Knowing that your presence can clam an upset child or bring a smile to an individual at any given moment – that’s what it’s all about.
I can recall a moment when a resident fell ill and was admitted to the ICU. She was limited by hospital policy to only 4 visitors, in which, her mother selected me as one of the four allowed to visit. I was grateful for the opportunity, and in that moment, I learned that what I do really means a lot for a family to trust me in their time of need.
I tend to think outside of the box, when it comes to our residents at St. Joseph Home. During 2015, I remember thinking how nice it would be to get all of the residents off campus at the same time. Now keep in mind – THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DONE – so I asked the CEO, at the time, his opinion and to my surprise he granted me permission to begin planning the event. It took a lot of effort and planning but with the support of my St. Joseph Home family we were able to put on the very first SJH Skating Party. In attendance were each and every one of our residents, respite guests, community home residents, staff and board members as well as many, many family members and loved ones.
As my husband, children and I were having our family portrait taken one weekend, I thought why can’t our residents get dressed up and be able to experience what’s it’s like to have your picture professionally taken. Over the last few months, all 48 residents were able to get dressed up and go to a professional studio where they were able to get out of their wheelchairs and with the use of props could show off their personalities. The results were amazing!
St. Joseph Home has a saying – “Possibility Overcomes Disability”. When I first started my journey with the community that didn’t mean much to me. Now after having the opportunity to grow and develop relationships with the residents it’s now my own personal mission. To make sure all residents are able to overcome because “With God all things are Possible”.
Dominique Weaver, SJH Habilitation Assistant