Meet Our Family
Don DeBonee recently joined the staff of St. Joseph Residence. Don is a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #26 and is the official greeter at St. Mary’s Church in Windsor Locks for the 11:00 Mass. It is with joy that we welcome Don as the full time driver for the Little Sisters of the Poor.
“I remember the first day I walked in the door of St. Joseph’s Residence, I felt like I was in heaven. After my conversation with Sr. Lorraine (who was the DON then) and learned more about the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor, I knew then that this place was meant for me. I believe that our Lord led me here to continue my vocation to take care of the elderly and follow the mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor.”
Violeta de los Reyes, R.N., Director of Nursing
“Doing jigsaw puzzles keeps my mind and hands busy. Some of the puzzles bring back beautiful memories. One can select puzzles that suit one’s favorite pastime. For example, if one is a sports lover, there are sports puzzles. Other possibilities go on unlimited. While doing a puzzle, you lose yourself in what you are thinking or doing. Maybe you had a great day and working your puzzle makes it even more rewarding. If you’ve got a problem, work a puzzle. It’s fun and rewarding!”
Emma Hrichak, Resident
Eileen Burdick, Resident, contributes to the daily operations of the country store. The country store is for Residents only and sells a limited line of personal care items, office supplies and other general merchandise. It is open for business a few hours each day and located next to the hair dresser, giving it a premier location and very good business. Included in the store is a donation basket for our active men and women in the military. Just like in any home, Residents at St. Joseph’s pitch in to help in whatever way they can. On a typical day you’ll find Residents busy in different areas of the building. Each brings a special skill or a favorite interest so everyone benefits.
Doreen Pyrek had been a hairstylist in Enfield for over 42 years and was the former owner of the “The Ultimate Cut” salon for 5 years. She is our Resident “hair dresser” at St. Joseph’s residence. Doreen started as a fill-in and 7 years later she works 3 days a week beautifying our residents. Doreen says “Working here is like being part of an extended Family”.
Lisa Griffin, our new receptionist comes to us from Enfield. Her Mom is also a Resident of St. Joseph. Lisa is quite familiar with St. Joseph Residence as she filled in performing different jobs at the Home before accepting the receptionist position. Lisa is the daytime receptionist, greeting all who enter the Home and doing clerical work as well. She is the “face” of St. Joseph Residence.