When Leila Thiessen applied to work at Matthew’s House and was given a tour of the Serenity Garden, she knew right away that this was where she was meant to be.
“It was like confirmation from God,” she says.
Leila has developed a deep love for the work she does, supporting children who live with complex care needs. Her colleague, Lisa Falle also finds her work deeply rewarding.
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children, knowing that they are safely and well cared for makes working here a joy,” she says. “We know that this place makes a difference to families.”
Matthew’s House supports families by providing quality care to children and youth who live with complex care needs. This home-away-from-home first opened its doors in November 2013 and has been in demand ever since. Because they work here, Lisa and Leila have seen the impact that respite care has on the families.
“I wish people could see how huge the impact is for the whole family. It means that parents can spend time with each other or with their other children and just get the rest they need.” Leila, Matthew’s House staff person
Lisa agrees, adding that parents can feel confident that their children are safely cared for.
The commitment to their work and to the families they serve is obvious. That’s why they are also committed to raising funds so that Matthew’s House can continue to provide quality care. The pair organized a series of fundraisers this past spring and summer specifically to raise enough money to replace the dishwasher and the washing machine at Matthew’s House. The events were as varied as paint nights to hot dog sales.The paint nights proved to be very popular.
“It’s a great way to spend an evening, especially if it’s for a good cause,” Lisa says.
We are grateful for dedicated and generous staff who support Matthew’s House in so many creative ways!