The Calm After the Storm: Looking Back and Going Forward at Hiawatha

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Support professional Kashonna Harris (RIGHT) and residents Felicia T. and Diana B. spend time together at their temporary residence


One often reads in the newspapers about how the aftermath of a storm brings out the best in people. This certainly holds true of the staff at the Hiawatha group home. It was a dark and stormy night on Tuesday, May 16, when high winds felled a huge tree, which landed on one section of the home, causing extensive damage. Thankfully, none of the occupants were hurt.


residents & caring staff

Shaleice Jenkins is the senior manager of the Hiawatha residence. She has been recognized for her leadership.

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Everyone is thankful that the residents of the
Hiawatha group home are safe! The house, however, was less fortunate.













Moreover, it was thanks to the quick action of the staff that the four residents were evacuated safely, both physically and emotionally. Shaleice Jenkins, Senior Manager, recognized two of her staff, Kashonna Harris and Sha’de Norman. Both have been recognized with the honor of Direct-Support Professional of the Month – Kashonna earlier this summer and Sha’de at the end of August.


Kashonna was the one present during the storm. “I saw the care and compassion she had for the clients at that time,” says Shaleice, adding that she got everyone out quickly and safely, along with the critically important medical binders. The residents have been at an extended-stay apartment and hotel while repairs are being made. This will take about another six months to be completed. “The ladies love it here,” says Shaleice. “It’s very comfortable for them.” As at the Hiawatha home, the residents have daily access and use of amenities right in the community, where they have been heartily welcomed.

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