Caregiver Profile: Veronica Karanja

Elizabeth Ohollaren


18 September, 2018

Veronica Karanja’s husband was already working in Boston as a Minister in an African Church when, in 2005, Veronica and their children left their home in Kenya to join him. Veronica’s work had always involved helping and ministering to others, so once in Boston, she earned her CNA and...

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Caregiver Profile: Yodit Gebreyeeyesus

Elizabeth Ohollaren


20 August, 2018

Growing up in Ethiopia, where it is common for older family members to live with their children and grandchildren, Yodit Gebreyeeyesus was familiar with the idea of caring for elders. When her grandmother became old and needed help she moved in with Yodit’s family and Yodit helped care for...

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Caregiver Profile: Perlita Quinones

Elizabeth Ohollaren


13 July, 2018

Perlita Quinones has nine siblings, all of whom emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines. Fortunately, Perlita is a patient person because, despite being sponsored by her sister, it took 24 years from the time she applied for her U.S. visa to when she was allowed to emigrate. She...

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Caregiver Profile: Brianne Day

Elizabeth Ohollaren


18 June, 2018

Brianne Day’s first caregiving experience was with her own grandmother. Her “Nana” was living with and being cared for by Brianne’s mother who also worked many hours outside the house. She needed help, and Brianne, who had her own baking business, was looking for a part-time job. She started...

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Caregiver Profile: Azieb Wendale

Elizabeth Ohollaren


22 May, 2018

Azieb Wendale is patient and persistent; two qualities that she calls on frequently in both her home and work lives. Seventeen years ago, in 2001, Azieb left her home in Ethiopia to join her mother who had immigrated to the U.S., settling in Seattle. Azieb’s mother had left when...

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Caregiver Profile: Astridah Nyambe

Elizabeth Ohollaren


17 April, 2018

Like so many of our caregivers, Astridah Nyambe’s first exposure to caregiving came through caring for her own family elders. When she was a teenager in Zambia her grandmother had a stroke and Astridah shared caregiving duties with other members of her family. She found that she liked helping...

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Caregiver Profile: Hilda Khonje

Elizabeth Ohollaren


20 March, 2018

Hilda Khonje grew up in Zambia where she took care of her father until he passed away. She found caregiving meaningful; “it is what I was called to do,” she says. Hilda worked as a caregiver in Zambia until 2006 when she and her family moved to the United...

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Caregiver Profile: Esther McMillon

Elizabeth Ohollaren


19 February, 2018

Esther McMillon came to Family Resource Home Care in 2012 already an experienced caregiver. Her first experience was with her grandmother in Kenya who she cared for each day after school. After graduating high school, Esther did clerical work for the Ministry of Finance but office work was not...

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Caregiver Profile: Stanley Wanjohi

Elizabeth Ohollaren


22 January, 2018

In 2012 Stanley Wanjohi emigrated to the U.S. from Kenya, where he had worked as an accountant, and settled in Washington State where he had friends. Like so many immigrants, Stanley did not have the luxury of going back to college and training to become an accountant here. He...

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Staff Profile: Lashawnda Ragsdale

Elizabeth Ohollaren


18 December, 2017

Lashawnda Ragsdale joined Family Resource Home Care one year ago as the new 24-Hour Care Supervisor. But she isn’t new to home care having worked in the field for 15 years starting as a caregiver. She was employed for a number of years by Addus Home Care and most...

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