Twice each year, Griswold Home Care extends the invitation to students to enter a $1,000 scholarship contest in the hopes of helping them further their educational goals. Students who participate in Griswold’s scholarship contest share their personal experiences and thoughts on the caregiving experience — its rewards and challenges, as well as how they hope to use their education to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Griswold Home Care is pleased to announce Brianna Moyer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the winner of the Griswold Home Care Scholarship. Brianna, is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at St. Joseph’s University. She will receive $1,000 towards her studies.
In addition to maintaining an average above 3.0, Brianna also works on-campus at The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, working with people who span the full Autism Spectrum from ages 2 to 72.
“After my first month at The Kinney Center, I wanted to quit. I had so much love for the individuals I worked with, but continuously watching them physically injure themselves and our staff was emotionally straining and incredibly intimidating.” recounted Brianna. “These incidents were like nothing I had seen before and I did not think that I could handle the pressure. However, I eventually realized that these individuals’ needs were far more superior than my own fears.
“They were dependent on me and my staff. And we could not simply quit when times were tough.” Brianna’s experiences working with Autistic children and adults prompted her to become Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certified to better understand and overcome the communication barrier that exists with many autistic people.
“ I learned that these acts of aggression were not threats but rather cries for help due to these individuals’ lack of communication skills. Now, I am eternally grateful that I did not quit when times got tough because the people I care for bring more happiness and joy into my life than I could have ever imagined.
Brianna not only shows a willingness to expand her knowledge of how to best approach those she cares for, she also demonstrates a high degree of empathy for those in her care. While education is incredibly important, you simply can’t teach empathy for others.
Griswold Home Care is proud to award our bi-annual scholarship to Brianna and wish her well on her continued studies and her journey in caring for others.
“My advice for someone taking care of a loved one is to look for positives in the most negative situations,” acknowledged Brianna. “Because this person is in need of care, it is assumed that they are likely to face difficult times that will be hard for you to watch and experience. However, remember that your help does make a difference… So, try your best to stay positive knowing that such small acts of compassion — such as simply keeping someone company at home — make a big impact on them. Providing care for someone is continuously humbling as it often allows one to realize how blessed they are within their own life.”