RAHWAY – Zola Stanley has spent 35 years working for Holy Redeemer HomeCare and was named employee of the year for 2011.
A Rahway resident for 22 years, Stanley is part of Holy Redeemer HomeCare’s Teaching Homemaker Program – an initiative that teaches basic life skills to parents and encourages independence through guidance and support.
Stanley’s duties involve going into the homes of families referred to the program by the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services and meeting with clients to teach them skills such as budgeting, household management and the basics of parenting. She notes that a key part of her job is listening, and that has led her to go beyond the requirements of her job description to help the families that she serves.
Most of the families referred to the Teaching Homemaker Program are at the lower end of the income scale, and Stanley couldn’t help noticing needs – particularly during the holiday season. She decided to start matching up needs with opportunities. Thanks to her efforts to secure donations, all 106 children in families being served by the Teaching Homemaker Program this Christmas received gifts from the program.
Stanley also makes sure that children receive baskets at Easter and families have basic items such as food, toiletries and diapers. It is this extra effort that earned Stanley the Holy Redeemer Health System employee of the year award.
Stanley said that she was “ecstatic” when she learned about receiving the award. She pointed out that the families always let her know that they appreciate her efforts, but she enjoyed the extra recognition the award brought.
If you would like to make a donation to help the families served by the Teaching Homemaker Program, call program supervisor Laurie Cicero at 1-908-659-4219. Stanley notes that she can pick up items if you are unable to drop them off.
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