CAREGIVER OF THE MONTH July 2013 Grand Rapids, MI

Jenny Hurt - Caregiver of the Month

Jenny Hurt – Caregiver of the Month

There are certain people that you interview, hire and engage with that morph from being an employee to more of a partner in a very short period of time. It turns out that they have the same level of compassion as you do about your work, and they epitomize the team player attitude. Our July Caregiver of the Month recipient is one of those folks.

Please say “hi” to Jenny Hurt! On July 9th Jenny will celebrate her one year anniversary with our agency. I am guessing she would say it seems more like ten years! I cannot tell you how many times I have called her, pleading with her to bail me out on a shift that just popped open due to another caregiver getting sick, or because we took on a new client with very little notice. She nearly always has come through for us and our families that we work with. Being compassionate requires a certain amount of selflessness. That is Jenny.

She is a no nonsense, get it done, take charge, confident caregiver. Her skills were honed during a 20 year stint as a CNA at Villa Elizabeth before they finally closed the doors there. Now that I think of it, we may have crossed paths there while I was visiting my grandmother Marian DeBree way back when!

Marion and I feel very blessed that our agency has continued to grow and have such a positive effect on the lives of the families we are so honored to take care of. And the reality is that we could not do this work without dedicated and professional folks like Jenny. THANK YOU JENNY for making us look so good!

Dan Gauthier


About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.