Team of the Month – Victoria
When I think of the Victoria team and what they have endured, overcome, and what they are currently working towards to increase the quality of life for their clients; it makes a smile on my heart. Not only does the team pride themselves in integrating the clients into the community, but they have also made great strides in expanding interpersonal independence, and providing educational opportunities to strengthen learning abilities.
The dynamics of the residents and Victoria staff represent what an extended family should be. They joke around, they have fun, they openly communicate, and most importantly they aren’t afraid to show emotion (whether it be laughing, crying, or frustration). This honesty presents a strong bond amongst the group and allows for vulnerabilities to be apparent.
Each resident and team member have different attributes to contribute, therefor presenting a multitude of possibilities within the scope of outings that have been chosen. Victoria has become more diverse with new experiences, such as, the Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary and peanut butter hamburgers at The Duluth Grill. Every resident has been more forthcoming with what they would like to do and accomplish, it’s not just a “go with the group” mentality. They have attended festivals, Valley Fair, concerts, and plays, the list is never-ending. It wouldn’t be a normal Thursday night if Yoga was missed, or a Wednesday night without Glee Club. Victoria is forever on the go, and without the support of Jessica, John, Donel, Chris, Jenny, and Kori these experiences would not be enjoyed.
Those who work within the Victoria home also know that independence is important to each of the residents. This not only includes independence of choice, but independence to complete daily tasks on their own, everything from picking out an outfit to utilizing medical equipment on their own. It’s also about being able to express emotions and having the validation when they are upset, angry, happy, and sad. B.R. Ambedkar stated, “Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.” Through independence each Victoria client has learned or expanded their education through attending book club, utilizing computers, I-pads, being inquisitive by asking questions, and by simply attending events that broaden their horizons and bring forth new perspectives.
I am very proud to work next to the Victoria team members and to know the awesome clients of the home. I have grown to know every one of these individuals throughout the passed couple of years and I am constantly learning something new. To the Victoria team, THANK YOU for showing such dedication and compassion to our residents, not only within the realms of Victoria, but throughout the MORA organization. This your month to shine…wear the rays of sunshine with a sense of joy and achievement.
-Teri Landsman-Few Victoria House Supervisor