Chris DiMaso | May 24, 2021
Today we somberly mark the one-year anniversary of Villa St. Francis encountering Covid-19. No one could have foreseen what these twelve months would hold. It is a time that will leave an indelible mark on our lives. We learned so much about fighting infection, but we learned even more about the human spirit. Our brave staff stood in the line of danger and didn’t flinch. You, our friends, supported us through prayer and donations.
Before the news was telling us something different every day about Covid, we were listening to the top scientists in the country. We had made the decision to close our doors and protect our residents early on. Even still we knew it was likely we Covid wasn’t an if, but a when. PPE became the office wear for everyone. Faces masked, hands gloved, and gowns over clothing became the new couture.
On May 23rd, 2020 we had our first positive Covid test return. “A day none of us will ever forget. It felt like the building was on fire,” said Kristie Onkoba LPN, Director of Quality Improvement and Risk Management. It was then we knew that how different life was going to get. Fear swept through the building, but to our amazement, it didn’t change our staff’s commitment to serving.
“It takes a brave individual to knowingly walk into a room with Covid and provide compassion, but that is exactly what our staff did.” Rodney Whittington, CEO. “We could have never got through this without them.”
Over the last year, we saw two outbreaks enter our building. However, every time we saw your support flood in as well. We heard over and over, ” Thank you to everyone for your care and concern.” and “Praying for you and everyone in your community!!” You blessed us when we needed it most. You sent snacks for staff, you donated online, and you lifted us up in prayer. You will never know how much you mean to us.
From everyone at Villa St. Francis, thank you for your continued support.