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CHEER Honors Personal Assistance Employees

CHEER, Inc., a non-profit agency that has been serving the needs of Sussex County seniors since 1971, honored two of its Personal Assistance Services Agency (PASA) employees for their dedication to their customers. The commendations to Lashonda Stanley and Nancy Smith were given June 8 during the agency’s spring in-service training session for direct care workers held at CHEER’s new Milton Activity Center on Broadkill Road. Over 70 workers attended the educational forum which featured presentations by Rosa Rivera of LaRed Health Center and Nancy Mears from the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Service.

              Lashonda Stanley of Bridgeville was named CHEER’s Direct Care Worker of the Winter 2015 Quarter because of her upbeat attitude and willingness to help out in emergencies. During last winter, Lashonda eagerly accepted over 24 hours of last-minute coverage. She also accepted an emergency eight-hour fill-in on a Sunday, plus Saturday fill-in hours that were located on the other side of the county from her home. An employee of CHEER since 2013, Lashonda has had many customers call the office commending her work. Remarks have been made stated, “She is such a breath of fresh air. She came right in and got the job done. She has an amazing attitude and such a positive outlook. Another customer said, “Lashonda knows exactly what to do and handles my mother very well. She is a true blessing in the care of mom.”

              In March, Nancy Smith of Frankford went to her customer’s home and found her in the floor unresponsive with very little pulse. She immediately called 911 and the customer was taken and admitted to the hospital. Nancy accompanied her customer to the hospital and stayed with her until her family members could arrive who were four hours away. Working for CHEER since 1998, Nancy’s experience and quick response helped her customer be able to recover. The lady’s daughter expressed her gratitude to CHEER and especially to Nancy who she said, “saved her mother’s life.” Nancy was recognized for her heroic efforts by being named CHEER’s Direct Care Worker of the Spring 2016 Quarter.

              Both direct care workers received an appreciation certificate, a Walmart gift certificate, and their names engraved on a commemorative plaque that hangs in CHEER’s Community Center in Georgetown. Both are wonderful ambassadors for CHEER.

               CHEER has been promoting healthy and active lifestyles for seniors in Sussex County for 45 years. It operates seven activity centers throughout the county and a community center in Georgetown, serves over 273,000 meals per year, maintains a fleet of 15 handicapped accessible mini-buses, operates an adult day program for dementia patients, and serves over 200 customers by providing personal assistance with their activities of daily living.  CHEER is continuously recruiting for part-time direct care workers for its PASA program. For more information about CHEER services or job opportunities, call 302-856-5187.



Thursday, June 9, 2016