Suzi, executive director
"After 32 years at LEC, I still get up every day excited to come to work. In fact, it's not work; it's my passion."
Toni, nurse and center coordinator
"The thing I love most about working at LEC is: We are all one big family. The staff, families, and participants have a special closeness. The participants have so much to share: who they are, what they know, and what they love. We are able to provide them opportunities to share with us like cooking. Maybe they cannot cook independently at home, but they can talk about and show cooking skills to us 'young folks' in a safe environment. I love all of the hugs you get every day. The participants give more to me than I could ever express."
Karen, nurse and center coordinator
"What I love the most about working at LEC is: As a nurse I get to do 'the hands-on' care, which I was trained to do instead of just doing paperwork."
Patti, administrative assistant
"What I like about working at Life Enrichment Center is that every day is a different day with new opportunities. After 19 years of working at Life Enrichment I can honestly say that we help someone (being participant, caregiver, family, etc.) every day. This is such a needed service and it feels great to be a part of it."
"My favorite thing is doing all my jobs here and helping everyone."
"My goal at LEC is to make the participant time memorable, even it it is only for a moment. The joy on their faces is what makes my day."
"I have seen many changes through the years, but one thing never changes, that is the love and care for these participants and families. This is the place where miracles happen every day and I am glad to be a part of it!"
"LEC is more than a job to me! The people here are my family. My co-workers and participants mean the world to me. I love what I do."
"I love being at LEC because I can do, ‘whatever it takes' to make the difference in the participants' lives."
"I knew I loved working at LEC, but I didn't realize just how much until after a participant with dementia walked up to me, reached out for my hand, put his hand on his heart and said, ‘Thank you,' and then gave me a kiss on the cheek."
"After 16 years I never tire of this place! The folks do so much for me. There is never a dull moment. I have fun all day every day!"
"I like the people I work with, the people I care for, and the outside programs that help stimulate them."
"One of my favorite memories is helping Ladenia's family in getting her ready for her son's wedding. I remember how beautiful Ladenia looked in her blue dress and shoes. The staff styled her hair and put on her makeup and then the staff went the extra mile by finding a strand of pearls for her to wear. Seeing Ladenia in that light gave us a glimpse of the person who was locked inside that her family remembered and we could now see."
"This is something I always wanted to do. I enjoy spending time with the folks, going to the hospital to visit, doing things for people - to be able to help somebody else. I enjoy working with the people and I look at them like I can see my mama and daddy again."
"These people are the best in Cleveland County. They are its living history. I am privileged to know them."
"When John (one of the participants who has a developmental disability) and I went on an outing, I gave him the money and let him pay for his food and for his shopping. I didn't do it for him. He was like child getting something for the first time. He turned to me and said, ‘Thank you.' I just about cried because he appreciated being able to do it for himself."
"I like working at Life Enrichment Center for the constant dedication in serving the families and their loved ones to the very best of our abilities."
"To me, working at LEC is a ministry. Every day, I am able to share God's love and blessings with all those around me through what I do. If just one participant or family member has a better day or a bigger smile because of me, then I am doing what I was sent here to do."
"Coming to LEC each morning doesn't really seem like coming to work. It's so rewarding to get to see 50 people a day that I love like family. I know our staff are there to help them and their families as well. I love this place!"
"The image that has stuck with me comes from my first week at LEC. A lady with late-stage Alzheimer's couldn't remember her children, but when we put her hands in a bowl of flour and shortening, she could still make biscuits. I saw in practice LEC's philosophy of helping participants be all they can be as long as they live. That respect for who people are is what makes the difference."