Paula Reed has become an important part of the team at Casa Di Vita, Cazenovia Recovery’s community residence on Buffalo’s West Side for women in recovery. In her role as a facility assistant, she ensures that the building is safe and well-supplied. Paula also shops for food and prepares meals for the residents.
Her previous experience involves personal care assistance. She helped patients with daily living skills, managing their homes and finances, and planning their days. At Casa, she’s able to put these skills to work, as well. Paula places a strong emphasis on healthy living in her role. She helps to run a “Healthy You” group at the program that she says focuses on “the mind, body, and soul.” According to Paula, “We do Zumba and yoga, and we cook well-balanced meals together.”
When residents first arrive at Casa, Paula and the rest of the staff ensure that the transition is smooth and caring. “We welcome them with open arms,” she said. “I’m always very honored that they made the choice to come through our doors.” During a resident’s stay, Paula is instrumental in creating a warm and nurturing environment in order to continue their recovery. “We help them connect with their families and get back to working.”
She also helps resident move from Casa Di Vita to Supportive Living apartments. “It’s a celebration when they move,” she said. “I’m always very proud to see them go to the next level in their recovery.”
The team at Casa is cohesive and collaborative. “Having such a wonderful group of staff is wonderful,” said Paula. “It makes things a whole lot better.” Paula – along with the rest of Casa – is truly dedicated to helping people in recovery. “I believe in our mission,” Paula explained. “I’m glad to be a part of it.” This position works on many levels for Paula, and the program certainly benefits from her empowering demeanor. “I like to help people,” she noted. “That’s my calling in my life.”