Unsung Heroes of the Seattle Snowpocalypse

Unsung Heroes of the Seattle Snowpocalypse

February 28, 2019

From the Desk of Interim VP, Glen Melin

I saw a CNN article last week with the sentence, “The City of Seattle was basically shut down by a heavy snowstorm.” Not at CRISTA Senior Living! It takes over 250 Senior Living employees to keep our two campuses running each day, and when you work in the field of long term care, you don’t get snow days. Last week brought some big challenges; it also brought out the best in our teams.

Between our two campuses, CRISTA Senior Living vehicles and drivers covered nearly 1,000 miles transporting staff to and from CRISTA. In addition, individual ministry leaders drove more than 1,500 miles to get our folks in and return them safely home. We ended up providing over 300 trips to and from work for staff unable to get in on their own. We even had a staff member from World Concern volunteer to transport Crista Shores employees if we needed him; he logged almost 400 miles bringing staff to and from our Silverdale campus.

We are a 24/7 operation. The staff transportation process began between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. and often continued until well after midnight. A couple of vehicles got stuck once or twice – we had to navigate hilly areas and many uncleared neighborhood streets – but God watched over us, and I’m not aware of a single incident or accident related to staff transportation during the snow.

I’m proud of how the Senior Living team pulled together to get staff to work, but I’m even more proud of the good work everyone did once they arrived. The attitude displayed by our team was an inspiration! Staff members trudged cheerfully through mounds of snow and slush to get from their house out to the CRISTA vehicle waiting to pick them up.

Folks were willing to arrive early or stay late so we could redirect our transportation resources to pick up other staff members. Staff worked double shifts when needed, or stayed at CRISTA and slept on a cot so they would be available to work again the next day. Many words of thanks and encouragement were exchanged as people

came together to do whatever had to be done. I saw the presence of Jesus Christ shining in the midst of His people here at CRISTA.

I want to say thank you to each member of our staff for their extraordinary achievement in the middle of an extraordinary situation. I’m sure we don’t say thank you often enough, and sometimes we may overlook someone’s hard work altogether. But God will never overlook what is done by each of us as we show our love for him by serving our residents.

Here’s what he tells us in Hebrews 6:10:
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.