Pipeline Pix – Leola Howe Retires with 57 Years of Service

Sunshine Communities hosted an open house last week to celebrate the career of a Direct Support Professional (DSP) retiring after 57 years of dedicated service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Leola Howe, known widely as “Miss Lee,” is one of the original employees hired by the agency’s founders shortly after opening the doors to Sunshine Children’s Home. Howe is being recognized for her employment longevity, and for her tenderness and devotion in serving Sunshine residents — some of whom she has cared for throughout their lives. Miss Lee’s work history is a testament to how many lives one person can affect! Sunshine staff added that it is likely Howe has been the longest-serving DSP in Ohio.

Leola Howe (left) at her retirement celebration with Sunshine Communities President and CEO Elizabeth Holland, who presented Leola a proclamation from Governor John Kasich and DODD Director John Martin. Miss Lee was touched that so many people wanted to recognize her for her dedication to the field. She said, “I never thought of this as a job. The people here are my friends. I feel like this is what I was meant to do -- give them loving care.”

Leola Howe (left) at her retirement celebration with Sunshine Communities President and CEO Elizabeth Holland, who presented Leola a Proclamation from Governor John Kasich and DODD Director John Martin. Miss Lee was touched that so many people wanted to recognize her for her dedication to the field. She said, “I never thought of this as a job. The people here are my friends. I feel like this is what I was meant to do — give them loving care.”

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