Jennifer Hinds almost didn’t make it through her first week of work. Having never worked with individuals with profound disabilities before, she felt overwhelmed by everything going on around her. She pushed herself to stay through her first month. Nearly 13 years later, the relationships she has built with the residents at REM Pleasant keep her coming back. In 1993, Jennifer started at REM Pillsbury providing one-on-one care for a gentleman on dialysis for kidney failure and an older woman with Alzheimer’s disease. When one of the people she cared for moved to REM Pleasant, Jennifer began splitting her time between the two houses. Soon the older woman moved to REM Pleasant as well, and her family specifically requested that Jennifer make a permanent move along with her. She’s been there ever since. Whether she’s compiling a list of activities in the Twin Cities for residents, accompanying them on outings during her personal time, or doing something as simple as helping someone use a bus schedule, Jennifer has devoted her career to caring for others.
The 2007 Ripple of Hope Award Winners were honored on November 13, 2007 at Boston’s historic Fenway Park.