Serving in environmental services is ‘pure blessing’
One of the happiest housekeepers, Stuart Twite brings a bright and shiny attitude to Good Samaritan Society – De Smet in South Dakota.
“Just gratitude that the opportunity was there,” Stuart says. “To me it’s just a pure blessing to be able to do it.”
His boss, Dan Gunderson, a Marine Corps veteran, says the team and residents soak up Stuart’s energy. He’s been cleaning rooms and doing laundry off and on for a few years.
“If we could clone him, we’d have a whole fleet of him,” Dan says. “He brings joy to everyone. It doesn’t matter how bad of day you’re having. Walking down the hallway grumbling. All of a sudden he comes out and he’s dancing and singing. You’re just like, ‘Thanks Stuart. I needed that.’”
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Technically an environmental services technician, Stuart pitches in at the nursing home in many ways, sometimes from the pulpit.
“One of the reasons I think it’s a privilege to do chapel here is, I was a resident here for a while,” Stuart says.