Employee Newsletter – October 2020

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October 2020 Edition

Welcome to Kennedy Care’s Life Care Connection monthly employee newsletter! Here, you will find important announcements, celebrations, new hire details, helpful reminders, and company information we think you’d like to hear about.

Great things are happening at Kennedy Care and we want to share the good news regularly with all of you…our trusted and valued employees!


Katie Holder
Recruiter: Human Resources

Katie comes to us with a background in recruitment and management in different settings throughout the midwest. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.

Katie enjoys recruiting because it is extremely rewarding to her when she places a candidate in a position that is a great fit for them. Katie recently moved back from Florida but has spent most of her life living in Michigan. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time on the lake, socializing with friends and family, and has a passion for animals.

Jessica Henke
Administrative Coordinator: Patriot Care

Jessica has administrative experience in a variety of settings, most recently as the office coordinator of a small medical office. She has a Master’s degree in administration and enjoys keeping track of and analyzing data. 

When she isn’t working, Jessica enjoys gardening, crafting, and working on her hobby farm. She lives in Gaylord with her husband and son.

Welcome to the KC family, Katie and Jessica! 


PPE Update! Please Wear Your Masks

As some of you may have already noticed, we are now supplying our Life Care Professionals with cloth masks instead of disposable masks. The new 2-ply masks are washable, reusable, and very comfortable. We think you will love them.

Please remember to always MASK-UP when you are in client’s homes and providing care!


Employee Website

Need access to employee resources and information on Kennedy Care policies and procedures? Check out our employee portal at the link below!*

Access employee website

*ask your Care Coordinator for the portal password


We at KC love others like family. That’s why we love to hire friends and family! If you know someone who might be interested in joining our team, let your Care Coordinators know so we can reach out to them.

We know you’d refer them for free, but to show our gratitude for your efforts to grow the team, we’ll give you a $150 Referral Bonus once they have reached 90 days with us!


Free Tuition for Essential Workers!

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a series of initiatives to help Michigan workers and their families during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the “Futures for Frontliners” program to provide a tuition-free pathway to college or a technical certificate to essential workers who don’t have a college degree.  
 

“The Futures for Frontliners program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who have risked their lives on the front lines of this crisis. This program will ensure tuition-free college opportunities and give these dedicated Michiganders an opportunity to earn a technical certificate, associate degree or even a bachelor’s degree,” Governor Whitmer said.

“I want to assure all of our workers we will never forget those of you who stepped up and sacrificed their own health during this crisis. You’re the reason we’re going to get through this.” 

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⏰ Required Training To Complete ⏰

This past July, we launched our new  Kennedy Care Academy program for our valued caregivers. Additionally, all our caregivers now have a new title: Life Care Professional (LCP).

Through our Kennedy Care Academy, we will be providing LCPs with ongoing training opportunities in advanced healthcare, life skills, and customer service related topics.

Remember….YOU GET PAID TO COMPLETE THIS TRAINING! 💵

We are very proud of our new Life Care Professional program and the many opportunities it will bring for our trusted and valued caregivers.

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We would like to recognize some of our very special Life Care Professionals! They are chosen by their respective teams and each brings amazing caregiving, compassion, and love to our clients and families. Thank you for going the extra mile with your care!

Patriot Care: Kim Jennings
Complete/Catastrophic Care: Tracy Cervenka
Safe at Home: Abby Cowburn

Brookhaven Manor: Cirra Daniel 

Congratulations, LCPs!


Let’s Get Connected!

Each month we will be talking with one of our amazing Life Care Professionals.
This month…let’s meet Sarah Smith! 

Sarah, how long have you worked at Kennedy Care and what do you love about working at Kennedy Care?
“I’ve been with Kennedy Care since March 2020. I love being able to help my clients, it’s an amazing feeling and a rewarding career.”
 

Sarah, what do you love about being a Life Care Professional?
“The people who I work with are sooo great. It feels like family and working at Kennedy Care has taught me a lot about being an LCP!”
 

Sarah, outside of work, are you involved with any special projects/hobbies?
“I am married (22 years) and we have two sons together. I love spending time with my family/friends, watching movies, camping, and just hanging out makes me happy. I am beyond happy to have a career that I actually enjoy.”


Payroll Updates

Help us, help you!

  • Kennedy Care – Timesheets are due Monday every week by 12 pm (noon)
  • Safe At Home – Timesheets are due within 24 hours of your shift
  • Paper timesheets are available by request for those without internet 
  • timesheets@kennedycare.com

Safe At Home Child Care Updates

New!! Safe At Home’s Nanny Share Program

The Nanny Share Program provides one caregiver for the child or children of two families at the same time in one family’s home. A nanny share can be a great way to lower the cost as an alternative to having a single nanny care for just one family. This allows families to reap the same benefits of a nanny while sharing the cost with another family. Below are some benefits families will receive using the Nanny Share Program:
 

-Social Development
-Lower Cost
-Personalized Care
-Flexibility
-Peace of Mind
-Documentation


Kennedy Care Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

October is Global Diversity Awareness Month! As mentioned in previous editions of our newsletter, Kennedy Care has formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee that will focus on ensuring that all KC voices are heard, as well as training administrative staff, field staff, and clients to develop lifelong skills that enable us to understand both our own biases and the diverse world around us.

This October, we encourage you to celebrate and pay tribute to our diverse communities, whether local or global, and embrace not only your own culture but others.

Keeping your mind open is a large part of developing new perspectives and connecting with those around you. Please click the links below to join us in celebrating Global Diversity Awareness Month!

https://nationaltoday.com/global-diversity-awareness-month/

https://www.linktv.org/shows/viewchange


Happy Birthday!

We hope you all have an amazing day with your friends and family. 

October 1st
Trinity Busscher
Robin Gibbs

October 2nd
Jessica Rock

October 3rd
Dayo Davis
Julie Milhomens
Lashondra Robinson

October 4th
Trisha Deaton
Derica Foxhall
Brianna Rosebrugh
Ebonisha Ware

October 7th
Wendy Lineweaver
Amber Steanhouse

October 9th
Sharron Hawkins
Haleigh Hines
Tess Walker

October 11th
Leandrashea Howell 
   
October 12th
Arianne Espiritu
Stephanie Greenlaw-Moore
Kelly Higgins
Amie Spencer  

October 13th
Deborah Johlin-Bach
  
October 15th
Alexandra Bronski

October 17th
Miranda Dillinder
Jacquelynn Kennedy
 
October 18th
Kate Steffes
October 19th
Elizabeth Dupuis
Rachel Hollingshead
Savannah Howard
Micaela Schempf
Deandra Torres
   
October 20th
Rebecca Miller

October 21st
Ida Fryckland
Laqueneca Rush
   
October 22nd
Fiona Story

October 23rd
Bonnie Barnett
Nyemah Pruiett
   
October 24th
Ariyana Debro
Bonnie Ilicin
Anthony Tucker
    
October 25th
Kaitlynn Clement
Felicia Haney
Bernice Sapp

October 26th
Nadia Adams
Janice Patman
   
October 27th
Destini Womack
   
October 28th
Emmanuel Alvarez
Natascha Barney
Tory Ostrander
Abby Rose
Jeffrey Strang
  
October 29th
Heaven Jackson 
   
October 30th
Shawn Clark
Serita Ibarra-Leonard   
   
October 31st
Samantha Kennedy

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