Confessions of a Community Liaison
Euclid is my hometown, I have represented the 44117 zip code since the early of age of 4. It’s where I met life long best friend, started Roosevelt elementary, maintained my Panther Pride and graduated with the class of 1999. I threw my lucky pennies in the Euclid Square Mall water fountain, shopped at the Merry Go Round and learned how to skate at the Rollerdrome. I sat on the sidewalks of Babbitt Road and watched my first and only soap box derby. My first adult beverage was at Tradewinds and I was there till the wheels fell off at Brogan’s Irish Pub. Euclid holds the memoirs my first kiss, my first job and introduced me to my husband. This city has been good to me. However, there is an end to everything, good things as well.
In 2010, I moved away from the familiar streets of Euclid. My husband and I bought a home in Lake County and we started our family. Our times in Euclid were far and in between, visting family and commutes to work. Nevertheless, nearly eight years later I have returned with preparation of giving back what Euclid has given to me, fond memories.
My goal in giving back to the city is to provide our Euclid senior residents a level of comfort by remaining in the neighborhoods they have helped build. Our Euclid seniors have spent a great deal of time and dedication making Euclid a superior community. Euclid is their home, the place they have built their careers and raised their children. This is the city they know, if you want to research the history of our city, you can Google it- but if you want the untold secrets, you ask a lifelong resident.
My career as a Community Liaison is centered around developing and promoting two of the skilled nursing and assisted living centers in Euclid, Gateway Retirement Community and BraeView Care and Rehabilitation. When concerns arise of whether “aging in place” or into a senior facility is a topic that runs its path with loved ones, I would like to keep the sense of ease and remembrance that there is no place like home, and home has always been Euclid.
I antipate engaging with all levels of the community, so although you may you catch me at our independent living facility, Gateway Manor for “Game Show Day” or assisting with Blood Pressure Checks at BraeView or even at The Euclid Senior Center calling out BINGO, I can also be found mingling and volunteering at The Euclid Holiday Celebration, and when old man winter has come and gone you will see me with shovel in hand, covered in dirt as I will be supporting the mission of Keeping Euclid Beautiful by adopting a few locations throughout Euclid that need a bit of TLC.
Thank you Euclid, for creating memories I share and giving me the opportunity to give just a little something back.
Jessica is the Community Liaison for Gateway Retirement Community and Braeview Care & Rehabilitation Center. Her focus is to network with the city of Euclid and promote options of care for both centers.