Right at Home was recently featured in Metro Lutheran in an article titled “When life doesn’t go as expected”. The article details Right at Home franchisee Kim Stender’s struggles following a stroke. With Kim unable to help her kids, many of her fellow church congregants helped around the house until she had recovered enough to return to her job as a controller at a couple auto dealerships. Then, after being laid off from her job, she started a Right at Home franchise. Having been through the role reversal of being the one who always cared for others to the person needing the care, sher understands how that feels. Through owning a Right at Home, she found herself able to pay back all who helped her by “paying it forward.” A portion of the article is included below and can be read in its entirety by clicking here.
When life doesn’t go as expected
When tragedy strikes, many people’s first thoughts might be “Why me, Lord?” or “Why do bad things happen to good people?” or “Lord, what did I do to deserve this?” Sometimes, in such a crisis, the faithful work of other people can bring about health and healing.
Kim Stender was a controller at a couple of auto dealerships for 25 years. She had been “married” to her job for so many years that her dream of becoming a wife and mother hadn’t been fulfilled. “I decided to do something about the part of my dream I could control and, over the years, adopted three internationally-born children, including one with multiple special needs.
“My youngest was not yet two when, at 45 years of age, I suffered a stroke,” Stender told Metro Lutheran. It left her unable to speak, use her right side, or process information correctly. “When I was discharged from the hospital, the plan was for me to go to a nursing home for extensive therapy. [But] I couldn’t go; I needed to get back home to my kids. I wasn’t able to care for them, but they still needed me and I needed them.”