Portrait of Kensington Park Senior Living employee Bridgette PalloganIn the words of her supervisor, Morissa Harris, Director of Dining Services, “Bridgette is truly special. She runs a one-woman show serving breakfast to the residents of the Connections neighborhood each day with a huge smile on her face. You will find her singing, dancing, helping, encouraging, attending to, praying with, and going above and beyond for her residents. She knows every single resident and their exact preferences, down to how much cream and sugar they like in their coffee. She is a joy to watch in that dining room and, if you’ve never witnessed her in action, I strongly encourage you to do so!”

Bridgette describes herself as hardworking. She has held many jobs in her life and still wears several hats. She is a licensed midwife. She has worked as a CNA. She was a server at a bed-and-breakfast in Washington, D.C., where she met some famous people, including Bill Clinton, Rosa Parks, Jessie Jackson, Jr., and Antonio Banderas, to name just a few. She even has photos to prove it! But her favorite job was that of midwife. Bridgette likes country music, walking, nature, and dark chocolate. And she couldn’t live without her favorite food, yogurt. She doesn’t like to be the center of attention and, please, don’t feed her shellfish — she is allergic! Bridgette says she is always happy. She laughs at her own problems. And she finds comfort in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Her advice to new hires here at Kensington Park? “Always go beyond what you were hired for.” And she does.

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