My name is Lynn Easterwood and I was honored to be appointed to the Governors Coalition a year ago. I have been employed as the Volunteer Coordinator and Social Worker for Hospice of North Alabama for 11 years. We have the privilege to serve patients in 17 counties in north Alabama. My job allows me to provide care givers with respite services with the use of volunteers. Of course, there are never enough volunteers to meet the needs. I have several unique programs. I participate in the We Honor Veteran Program with the Veteran Administration. We have a celebration to honor veterans where we present them with a certificate, pin and a throw with their service branch on it in front of family, friends and staff with a ceremony. Also, we have an Adopt a Stocking program where all our patients get a stocking that was donated by someone in the community so that they get a Christmas present. The list goes on because the quality of care is most important.
Through my job I have spoken at the 16th National Lifespan Respite Conference in Nashville, Tennessee and at the Alabama/Mississippi Social Work Conference and various places across North Alabama. I participate and coordinate many community events and teaching opportunities to promote the need for respite for care givers.
I began my journey when I graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. My first job was in a nursing home in Arab, Alabama as Activity Directory and Social Worker. I left there to become the Program Coordinator at the Marshall County ARC in Guntersville, Alabama. I have always liked a challenge so I took a job with the Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation. It was a Pilot program called ACESS. It was a program to get adults with Mental disabilities into the work forces with the use of job coaches. We were writing a program that was a model for the State of Alabama. I then became a trainer for the 11 counties North Region of Alabama for the Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation, teaching the group homes and community centers various topics on proper techniques on how to work with people with disabilities. Following this job, I began working with Volunteers of America as a QMRP as a Program Coordinator for several group homes. I decide I wanted to change my career path so I went to work with MidSouth Home Health as a Social Worker and a Community Liaison. I left this job to go to Hospice of North Alabama. I recently have accepted a position as Community Relations Director at City Center Village. This is an independent living senior residency. I will be beginning a new chapter in my life as I continue to serve the Senior Citizens of Alabama.
It is a privilege to share my journey with you.