Village Woods Community Coordinator Becky Huiner, left, poses for a photo with her grandmother, Fran Jager, who worked for Providence for more than 30 years and lived in three Providence communities.
CRETE, Ill. (January 2015) — To Becky Huiner, Village Woods residents feel like family — especially when they are family.
Becky serves as the Community Coordinator at Village Woods Christian Retirement Community. She works with the admissions and marketing departments, organizing events, conducting tours, and helping independent living residents get settled — including her own grandmother.
“When people are looking for a place for their loved one, I tell them this is a place where people feel at home,” Becky said. “I tell them I moved my grandma in, and she loved it here.”
Fran Jager, left, poses with her daughter, and Becky’s aunt, Beverly Hoitsma in a photo from 2010. Beverly worked and Fran both worked at Holland Home, and Fran lived there. Beverly is now the Director of Nursing at Saratoga Grove, another Providence community.
Becky’s grandmother — Fran Jager — was never a stranger to Village Woods, which is owned and operated by Providence Life Services. Fran worked at Holland Home (then owned by Providence) in Roseland, before serving in Providence’s corporate office for 30 years.
After more than three decades of serving the communities, Fran moved in — three times. She lived at Holland Home in South Holland before she moved to Village Woods. And because her care needs changed, she now lives at Providence Healthcare and Rehab Center of Palos Heights.
Fran’s daughter (and Becky’s aunt), Beverly Hoitsma, also found her calling at Providence. She was the Director of Nursing (DON) at Holland Home while her mother lived there, and currently serves as the DON at Saratoga Grove, a Providence community in Downers Grove.
And now it’s Becky’s turn, too, to take part in the work Providence is doing.
“I totally believe in our mission,” Becky said. “I love taking care of people in the end stages of their life. They are people with stories and memories that need to be heard — the residents make my day, and I love to visit with them.”
Providence’s mission statement is to enhance the lives of those we serve in the name of Jesus Christ, and three generations of Becky’s family have been doing just that — through office work, nursing, and admissions and marketing.
“Providence has always been good to my family and close to our hearts,” Becky said.