December’s employees are Carlina Allen and Bonita Davis from our Concordia at Sumner team!
Q: What is your current position at Concordia and when did you begin your career with the organization?
Carlina: I began my Concordia career in April of 2020, and am currently a State Tested Nursing Assistant.
Bonita: I am a Laundry Aide, and I have been at Sumner since May of 2006.
Q: Why do you choose to work for Concordia?
Carlina: I am a very kind person and, in this profession, it takes a kind and patient person to show compassion to each individual. I also wanted to do something that would make a difference in the lives of others. I enjoy smiling at my residents and having them smile back – if they are happy, then I am happy! Lastly, I wanted to join an organization that had opportunities for growth and advancement.
Bonita: I love the residents and the appreciation they provide from my services. I also enjoy my work environment and the financial security that comes with my career.
Q: What aspects do you love most about your career?
Carlina: I love the relationships I form with the residents. I have learned that small acts of kindness can make their day. I also really enjoy the family atmosphere that I work in.
Bonita: Being a service provider, and serving the public. I also love working in an environment that provides a sense of family.
Q: How do you best serve your residents?
Carlina: I try my best to meet the needs of each resident and take the time to talk to them.
Bonita: No matter what my life is challenged with, I take pride in keeping a smile on my face and being positive.
Q: How do you decompress after a long day at work?
Carlina: After a long day, I love a nice warm shower and to be able to have at least one hour of quiet time. In my spare time, I love to bake, listen to music, go shopping and spend time with family and friends.
Bonita: I like to catch up on sleep, when possible, shop and decorate!
Q: Can you tell us about a time you and/or your co-workers went above and beyond during the pandemic?
Carlina: The pandemic has been rough for the residents, families and staff. I remember [when regulations did not permit indoor visitation] pushing residents to the windows to visit with their families. There was not one day that has passed that I haven’t gone above and beyond.
Bonita: No matter how dangerous our occupations are, we all still thrive to give professionalism, respect and compassion to our residents on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis as God allows.
To learn more about the career opportunities at Concordia at Sumner (located in Copley, Ohio) visit www.concordiacareers.org and select Sumner.