Letter from the Administrator

This year, as you hang the twinkling lights and decorate your home with sprigs of holly, take time to reflect on your year. As I look back, I am thankful to be a part of Team Rolling Hill’s, your hard work and dedication to quality care shows. While reflecting on my life, I’ve noticed my life has changed since working with those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. I don’t remember the exact moment my life was changed by someone with a developmental disability. The memories seem far away, blurry, as if they don’t belong to me. But this is what happens after you’ve been working with those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for many years. YOU CHANGE

During orientation they do tell you, you’ll be working to teach life skills. But what they don’t tell you is while you’re teaching someone, they’ll also be teaching you. They have taught me it’s OK to forgive myself when I have a bad day. There’s always tomorrow and a mess up here and there doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. They have taught me to slow down, to ponder, to take the time to just look around and take in this beautiful world and all of the simple joys we are blessed to encounter each day. So, when did I change? I realize now there wasn’t one pivotal moment. Instead, it was a million little moments, each important in there own way, the that when added together changed me. And I am grateful for each one.

I want to wish you all the very best holiday and a Happy New Year.

Amanda Stokes, LNHA


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