Employee Support

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Employee Crisis Fund

As our nation battles the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the seniors of the world are in a vulnerable position.  As LifeSpire continues to provide high-quality care and support to our residents, staff in our communities are going above and beyond to make sure all residents are healthy and happy.

One resident we spoke with said she feels safer in our community than anywhere in the world.  The feeling of security that is echoed by many residents is present due to care and concern displayed by each team member during this time.

What is LifeSpire doing for community team members?

LifeSpire leadership put a policy in place to reimburse any team member that may contract COVID-19 with 80 hours of personal leave. Additionally, we have not laid staff off but rather, re-purposed team members. Drivers are now doing groceries runs. Maintenance teams are now running security at entrances. It is truly encouraging, spiritually uplifting and remarkable to see how all our teams are coming together at this challenging time.

In addition, the LifeSpire Board and management team are sending catered meals to each community to continue to thank the staff for their efforts, help local businesses, ensure staff members are getting a healthy meal and hopefully free up some time and energy from the culinary teams so they can assist in other areas.

How can I help?

As a reminder, each LifeSpire community maintains an employee crisis fund to which a staff member may turn in times of need.  At this time, it is challenging to know the full impact to our staff, but we are grateful to have the crisis funds to help those staff that may experience a true hardship due to the COVID-19 virus.  If you would like to show your appreciation for our community team members, you can contribute to the Employee Crisis Fund.  Each community maintains a separate fund for their team members, so you may choose a community, or you may give to where it’s needed most.  Our community team members appreciate your help and support during these difficult times.

If you have any questions about the Employee Crisis Fund or how we are supporting team members, please contact Jodi Leonard at (804) 521-9213.  

Investing in Employees Benefits Residents

LifeSpire of Virginia’s mantra — “Faith.  Wellness.  Community.” —represents an unwavering commitment to residents’ well-being and health; contentment and engagement; independence and safety.  In order to fulfill that promise, we depend on the talent and dedication of our employees.  And to keep them engaged and growing in their profession, we offer scholarships and tuition reimbursement to help them further their education.  Our Employee Education Fund (EEF) provides 15-20 awards of $500-$1,000 every year to employees – and even to their children and grandchildren.  Ultimately, the impact of these awards extends to LifeSpire residents because knowledgeable, content employees deliver the ultimate in care, service, and hospitality.

2019 Glebe recipient Kendrick Messerich (center) the son of chef Kenny Adams (left), will study at Johnson & Wales Culinary School. He was presented the award by Ellen D’Ardenne, Executive Director of The Glebe.
2019 Lakewood recipients: Chaplain Julie Walton (left) is completing her certification in Grief Counseling at the American Academy of Grief Counseling.
2019 Culpeper recipient, Dining Team member, Tyler Clore (center), is a student at Christopher Newport University. Presenting his award was Jodi Leonard, Vice President of the VBH Foundation, and Jim Jacobsen, Executive Director at The Culpeper.

I Want to Invest in Lifespire Employees

The EEF provides financial assistance for deserving personnel to obtain higher education, updated training, and specialized skill sets.

You can make a secure, tax-deductible donation to the VBH Foundation by calling Mary Beth Moody at (804) 521-9229. Your generosity will go to work right away. Thank you for supporting LifeSpire team members!