14 Jun Service Spotlight: Kim Hendrix
Many people believe things happen for a reason in their lives, although they may not understand that until much later. Kim Hendrix, who is a DSP at the Louise group home, worked at a factory for 24 years. When that factory closed, she and the other employees were offered educational assistance through Ivy Tech. Kim decided to pursue CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) training, as she had a family member with a disability and wanted to “give back” in appreciation of what that person had received from others. Kim attended an Ivy Tech job fair where she talked with Angie Reed, who was then NHI’s employment consultant and learned about an opening at the Louise group home. Kim thought she should give it a try, especially after meeting several of the individuals.
Kim just celebrated her five-year service anniversary at the Louise home. She appreciates the good communication within group homes and throughout New Hope, and feels that New Hope is a compassionate organization. Kim really enjoys working with the ladies and the Louise team, especially having summertime cookouts, taking the clients shopping, bowling, to church, the annual Halloween party and many other places. Seeing them happy makes Kim happy too. Kim and the Louise team were a very important part of the move to the new one-story home last year. This was a much needed, yet challenging, process and Kim helped to make the transition go smoothly for the clients who love their home.
Kim has three children, 2 adult sons and a teenage daughter. She also has two dogs. Her faith and church involvement are an important part of her life. When taking the Louise ladies to their day service programs, they always take time to say the Lord’s prayer before they leave. She also assists her mother, when needed. As if Kim is not busy enough, she has a second job, because she likes to stay active and physical.
Congratulations to Kim for her five years of service to the Louise group home and supporting New Hope’s mission through her dedication, attention to detail, faith and devotion to the clients.