Highpointe at Rebecca will have a strong guiding force in the funny and friendly Julie, a Concordia employee who can’t wait to begin her work at the new community.
“I love my residents,” Julie said candidly when first introduced to a group of VIPs at one of Highpointe at Rebecca’s recent educational sessions. Currently the resident care coordinator for 140 who live at Haven I located on the Concordia at Cabot campus, Julie can tell plenty of stories to prove it.
“Yes, I can clean the snow from your car and when you get in a jam take you to the doctor,” she notes. “I know where one of my residents likes her yogurt placed in the refrigerator if her grocery order arrives and she is out.
“But I’m also aware of those couples who would rather not have anyone in their apartment unless they are home. Like the couple who placed a maintenance order and when the staff arrived to complete the request they were not in their apartment. He needed to come back at a later time.”
Actually, this attachment to seniors began 14 years ago at Concordia at Rebecca Residence when she accepted the job as part-time evening receptionist while caring for her family during the day. “The residents would come to the lobby and talk so I grew to know them well,” she remembers.
Come August, Julie will move into the new quarters at Highpointe at Rebecca tasked with the assignment to care for those who have chosen to make their retirement home in the brand new three story apartment building on the Concordia campus in Allison Park.
She and her husband Mark have lived in West Deer Township for the last 22 years and became involved with high school sports. Their son plays football and base¬ball and is headed to Westminster to become a teacher. Daughter Jenna is in 7th grade at Deer Lakes Middle School. Both ambitious and bright, Jenna has her mind set on owning a business.
Born and raised in Tarentum, Julie was a member of the former St. John Lutheran church in Brackenridge which closed late last year.
Julie is the proverbial “daughter on site” who looks after the everyday needs of her residents and is likely to become their greatest advocate. She said it will be a hard, difficult move to leave her “family” at Cabot but she is looking forward to a closer commute and a new family to care for.