Residents Recognize Team Member's Devotion
Ida Brown makes a difference in her community, and her awards prove it.
Last spring, Brown was named the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County’s Volunteer of the Year. And that was just one of three awards she received this year for her services.
A vibrant woman with a hearty laugh, Brown’s life is geared to helping others. Residents at ABHOW’s Mount Rubidoux Manor describe her as “wonderful” and a “great listener.”
As the social services coordinator for the affordable housing community in Riverside, Calif., Brown has taken on several projects in addition to her daily duties. During her seven years there, she has formed many friendships among the 200 residents.
“I stay busy from the time I get here till the time I leave,” Brown laughs. “It’s a very rewarding job.”
Brown’s duties include working with Riverside County’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), as well as the county’s weatherization department.
“I helped the residents apply for LIHEAP, an energy-efficient program where residents can get money back for lights and gas and things like that,” Brown says. “The money this company gets is for low-income people and seniors in and around the Riverside area.”
The weatherization department makes regular assessments of the residents’ apartments and determines how to make them more energy-efficient and save money. From installing new air conditioners to replacing refrigerators, Brown makes sure the weatherization department is on the job.
An orthopedic nurse and surgery scheduler in Southern California prior to joining the Mount Rubidoux Manor team, Brown serves on the holiday planning committee. She also organizes an annual cookie drive to benefit a local fire department, works with the nearby Dales Senior Center and does outreach for the community food program.
Paulette Mason, a Mount Rubidoux Manor resident for three years, appreciates Brown’s devotion.
“Ida does everything, from fixing telephone problems to replacing furniture,” says Mason. “She goes way beyond what her job entails.”
Brown works tirelessly to ensure that all residents at Mount Rubidoux Manor are comfortable, happy and energy-efficient. Thanks to her, being green has never been easier.
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