Yolanda King, Hospitality Manager
Blue Skies of Texas/Morrison Living
Nominator: Rachel Bell, Director of Communications, Morrison Living
“Their community has cottages, as well as mid- and high-rise apartment buildings and when the Texas snowstorm locked everything down, they needed to deliver meals to every residence. With a good cache of supplies and some fast workarounds, they felt like we were getting the job done pretty well—until the elevators stopped working in the high rise for the better part of a day. That meant they needed to carry food and water up as many as 15 flights of stairs to reach those stuck in their apartments throughout the building.
Some residents were stuck on the ground floor. One of them, Carl, who is 90, really wanted to get back to his home, so up they went to his 13th floor apartment. Floor by floor they made steady progress, taking just a few breaks to rest. Yolanda carried his walker so he could take a seat on rest breaks. By the time they made up 104 steps, he felt like Superman!
That wasn’t Yolanda’s only trip up those stairs that day. In fact, she made many! A few days later she could barely walk, so she lathered on some Icy Hot and brought some to Carl, who said he actually felt great! After our adventure, Yolanda felt great too – and carries a new-found appreciation for working elevators.”