Associate Close-Up: Lisa Kozlowski
We recently sat down with the Assisted Living Social Worker at Pitman to learn more about her and her passion for senior care and services . These are her words:
Q: What is your name and position?
A: My name is Lisa Kozlowski and I am the Assisted Living Social Worker.
Q: What do you like best about working for United Methodist Communities?
A: I like working with a team of professionals who truly care about the residents.
Q: What makes United Methodist Communities unique?
A: All of the associates take an interest and active roles in the lives of the people who live here.
Q: What does “Abundant Life” mean to you?
A: Abundant Life to me, is a life that includes good relationships, opportunities to learn, acceptance, support and love.
Q: What have you learned from working at UMC?
A: I have learned to be more patient.
Q: What has been your proudest moment at UMC?
A: The moments when our residents or their families have thanked us for being here and taking such good care of them. I’m proud of all of us.
Q: What has been your career progression at UMC?
A: I started here in July of 2013 as the Assisted Living Social Worker and I am still in the position today.
Q: Why did you choose senior care and services?
A: I just enjoy the seniors. I have through my life, working with children to seniors and back again. I enjoy both populations for their honesty and what I call “purity of spirit.” I think we start out with those qualities when we are very young and work back around to our purest selves as we age.
Q: Is there an older adult who had a strong influence on your life?
A: Yes, my maternal grandmother.
Q: Do you have a prominent memory of your grandmother and/or grandfather?
A: I have many memories of my grandmother, none more precious than her expressions of love for me.
Q: Do the residents inspire you? Does one resident stand out?
A: These residents are always inspiring. There are two residents who inspire me regularly. They are sisters (both in their nineties), they are very positive, adventurous, always smiling, have very strong spiritual beliefs, and continue to live life fully.
Q: Where did you grow up? Where else have you lived?
A: I was born in Maryland. My family moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey when I was 3-years-old. My first apartment was in Collingswood, then another in Moorestown. After that, I moved to California and then to Leesburg, Virginia. In 1999, I returned to New Jersey and now live again in Moorestown.
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
A: I enjoy cooking, gardening, spending time with my two daughters, extended family and friends, going to Cape May, walking my dog around town, and generally trying to spend much of my time outdoors.
Q: What is your favorite family tradition?
A: Taking road trips with my daughters would be number one.
Q: What are you most grateful for in your life?
A: The love I experience every day from family and friends and the good health with which to enjoy it.