Staff Testimonials

Sunshine Staff

I have been here going on 11 years. I came from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The residents are great, and I feel that they appreciate what I do for them. Working in the kitchen, I’m able to explore my talents that mean a lot to me. I really enjoy my job here.

Lee Lujan, Cook

Country Club Village Retirement Community, Hot Springs, AR

I retired from Sears after 30 years of service – that was a job!

I have worked for Creekside Pines for over 10 years and have never considered what I do a job. Our seniors inspire me with their drive for life making each day I spend interacting with them a blessing.

Ila Awtrey, Activities Director

Creekside Pines Retirement Community, Dallas, GA

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

I never quite understood this quote until now. I currently work at The Gardens at Brook Ridge. Let me walk you through a day in my world. Upon entering, you are welcomed with the smell of fresh baked pastries, fresh brewed coffee and residents smiling from ear to ear. Everyone is so welcoming from the housekeepers, Care Attendants, CNA’s and literally every staff member. For the first time in my life I appreciate my job, co-workers, boss, and management. My first day, not one single person hesitated to help me. Everyone went out of their way to make me feel very comfortable. My loving residents have taught me more than they will ever know. They taught me to live life to the fullest, take nothing or no one for granted. Give more, take less and always treat people with love and respect. So many people from all parts of the world yet we all come together as a family to help one another. I try my best to give 100%, not because I have to, but because I truly want to. I have had the most amazing opportunity to meet amazing people who have impacted lives in more ways than one. Not many people can actually say that they enjoy and truly love their job but I am very fortunate and honored to say I do. I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams and will continue to give all that I can to my wonderful residents who deserve nothing but the very best. Thank you for this golden opportunity to work for a loving, caring and truly awesome company. God Bless.

Dora Arteaga

The Gardens at Brook Ridge, Pharr, TX

I love my job because I get to interact with people who have done so much, given what they could and accomplished so much in their life.

I come to work with a “Can and Will” type attitude. Which means, I can do any and everything to assist my residents and I will make sure they have a blessed and fulfilling day. I can give you endless stories of how happy my residents, co-workers and boss make me but one stays forever engraved in my heart. To come to work knowing that my residents look forward to seeing me daily, give me compliments on how helpful and cheerful? am and the fact that when I feel down they are quick to give me endless reasons why I should smile. You can go your entire life working just to work and pay bills but fortunate are those who get to come to a place where “Happy” is in every face you see. I can honestly say I live it I see it and I get to experience this amazing emotion most don’t get a chance to. If I don’t say it enough I will say it now, Thank you The Gardens at Brook Ridge, staff, residents and Management for allowing me the opportunity to demonstrate my true passion to take care of people who need a caring, loving and supportive nurse. My only wish is that one day I get treated with the same compassion that I gave my loving residents. We truly have a great team here at The Gardens at Brook Ridge and I’m proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.

CAN/Care Attendant

The Gardens at Brook Ridge, Pharr, TX

It’s my home away from home. The atmosphere is warm and inviting

The residents are not just my residents but are my family. Some residents and I bond together as a family enough, that they express their feelings of some joy and pain, even if I don’t have the answers they appreciate a listening ear. Our staff plays games and share in activities alongside our residents, go on field trips such as South Padre Island.

We have a beautiful swimming pool where family can join their loved ones for a swim. Our community also serves delicious food served restaurant style by our friendly staff. Oh and I almost forgot a variety of delicious desserts to choose from. The Gardens also nominates a “Shining Star” (Employee of the Month) which I think is an honor because the votes come from our residents and well not to brag but I was chosen for the month of April. I was honored because I know how our residents feel towards me knowing that they are receiving the quality care they deserve and for just being a friend. So every employee be it may housekeeping, maintenance or kitchen staff have an opportunity to be a Shining Star.

The Gardens is the place to be. Whether it may be our residents or staff, we are one big family!

Melissa Vargas, Caregiver

The Gardens at Brook Ridge, Pharr, TX

When I move a new resident into CCV, I don’t move them in, I LOVE them in. They become part of my CCV family, there is always room for more, your heart just keeps growing to accommodate them.

Our residents and their families have taught me so much. In eight years: I have seen parents outlive the, children which is something no parent should endure. I have seen the loss of a long-time devoted spouse, and the incredible will it takes to move forward after that loss. I have seen love and romance at the age of 85, and how sweet it is. I have lost many friends. I have heard the most incredible stories. I have gained many friends. I have learned to appreciate everyday. I have seen the power stamina of human determination. I have more patience. I have learned to appreciate. I have learned to love harder.

Linda Gothard, Community Manager

Country Club Village Retirement Community, Hot Springs, AR

I have worked at other places, and I can tell you what’s different working at The Landing at Behrman Place.

At The Landing, we are united in some special way. We treat each other with respect and love and we have become a family. Many people say business is just business but this is not at all “just” business for me. It is a very important part of my life. I can honestly say the residents and staff here are the reason I clock in and out with a smile every day. Working with these great people for nearly 10 years, having fun with the residents, doing something worthwhile and in a progressive, innovative way. I feel that the work I do matters and is appreciated by others. What more could I ask for? Leadership is excellent… always transparent and willing to give you the details on decisions being made in the company or being discussed.

Sonja Franck, Concierge

The Landing at Behrman Place, New Orleans, LA

I enjoy my job because I love working for the retired community.

I enjoy helping them and visiting with them because sometimes I am the only one they have visit them when I come to clean, or serve their meals, etc.

It’s a lot of work we do, but I love my job. It makes me feel good when they are so caring towards me for doing what I do. I have stayed at Brook Ridge because I love my residents, my schedule, my co-workers, we are an excellent team, and I enjoy my hours because I have time for my family too.

It is a wonderful caring, family company. I look forward to staying for many more years.

Aieida Guerrero, Housekeeper

Brook Ridge Retirement Community, Pharr, TX

I Love My Job!

You probably didn’t think someone my age would get so much enjoyment from this type of job. It’s like I’m working with my grandparents. While they think I am there to help them, they are actually helping me. I get to hear all types of interesting stories and, as an added bonus, I am learning from them stuff that they couldn’t teach me in school. One of the most important lessons, is humility. Watching our guests interact each day, I am learning that you really need to take each day, one at a time. I hope they enjoy me as much as I enjoy them.

Kourtney Hooper, Concierge

The Verandah Independent & Assisted Living, Lake Charles, LA

If I had to say why I enjoy working here in one word, it would be love.

I enjoy the work I do here but it’s so much more than that. The love you feel from the residents and the joy I see in their faces when I help them with some problem is so wonderful. It may have been something small to me, but to them, it may be the difference between a bad day or a great day. The smiles and hugs I get will just melt away any problems I may be having at the time! I just hope that I bring as much joy into their lives as they bring to mine.

Ken Forrester, Maintenance

Country Club Village Retirement Community, Hot Springs, AR

September will make it 2 years as an employee at Deer Park, and I personally don’t see myself working anywhere else.

I’ve become very close to every resident, they all mean so much to me. I consider them family and make sure that I make them as happy as they make me. Deer Park is like a second home and it has taught me several things that will carry on with me into my future. Being a part of this community has been a wonderful opportunity.


Deer Park Retirement Community, Novato, CA

I enjoy making a positive difference in the residents’ lives.

I really enjoy cutting up and making them laugh. It makes me feel good knowing that I continue to make a difference in their lives and making it an enjoyable place to live. I would not change any of it for the world. I love the relationships that I have made with each and every resident. It is a great feeling walking in the door everyday seeing a smile knowing I was coming in to keep them busy.

Shaley Gossett, Activity Director

The Verandah Independent & Assisted Living, Lake Charles, LA

I have stayed at Brook Ridge because I love my residents, my schedule, and the fact that the employees are true team-players.

I enjoy the atmosphere here at the community, even though we are busy it is very relaxing and not chaotic. I like the family feeling and respect among the employees. We have fun working together and we are a good team. I enjoy the challenge of meeting the needs of our residents. Thanks for the opportunity.

Gloria Meza, Head Housekeeper

Brook Ridge Retirement Community, Pharr, TX

I have been working at The Verandah since February 23 of 2015.

I have always dreamed of taking care of the elderly. They have the most fascinating history and wisdom. I enjoy interacting with them, they make me smile and I do everything in my power to make them happy and keep them relaxed and safe. I really love my job and the people I work for and work with. Thank You!

Vivian Hebert, Concierge

The Verandah Independent & Assisted Living, Lake Charles, LA