For 23 years, Cesar Flores’ sister petitioned for him and his wife to come to the United States from the Philippines. Finally in 2010, Cesar and his wife moved to the US.
In June of this year, both Cesar and his wife will have been employees of Epworth Villa for 8 years. Cesar’s wife, Zenaida works in Assisted Living as a CNA, while Cesar is a CMA/CNA in Long-Term Care. Before working in health care, Cesar was retired in the Philippines from manufacturing in waste water treatment.
In May, Epworth Villa held a drawing for one employee to receive a Honda Van, and Cesar was that lucky winner. There were requirements to be entered into the drawing. An employee could be entered if they were on time, had no call-ins and attended teammate engagement meetings. All of those eligible were entered into a drawing and Cesar’s name was drawn. President and CEO, Ron Kelly said that “the Honda van was taken out of service due to the purchase of a new, larger van. By giving it to an employee, we felt that it could enhance and bless the life of one of our employees. Our employees are our greatest assets.”
Cesar said that “Epworth Villa is so kind and generous to their staff.” He said that he was “very lucky to receive the Honda van.” Cesar’s mother is in her 90’s and uses a wheelchair. He commented that this wheelchair accessible van was perfect for transporting his mother. He takes her to the Edmond Senior Center for lunch and activities. He said it has made it easier for their family to take her to Doctor’s appointments. Cesar said that because of the gift of the van, “I am rich!”