Marty and Christine’s care-giving became even more personal when, in 2001, they had Christine’s grandparents move in with them. Over the years they have dealt with home safety equipment, long-term care policies, in-home healthcare (medical and non-medical), financial issues, driving privileges, hearing aids, physician involvement, medication reminders, daily check-off sheets, daily vitals, diabetes, dementia, Parkinson’s, many hospital visits & overnight hospital care, nursing home choices, death & dying, funeral preparations, and after-death legal issues.
Christine has been a cosmetologist since 1983 and uses her skills in the homes of clients who cannot physically get to the salon. She also holds a degree in Christian Recreation since 1994 and uses this daily as she plans activities for persons at various cognitive stages and physical abilities. In order to better serve her grandmother, Christine went back to school to obtain her CNA, CMA, and HHA certifications. These skills have been so beneficial that Koinonia Senior Care is looking for ways to set up a scholarship fund to financially help KSC employees and volunteers who desire to pursue a career as a CNA and touch the hearts and lives of seniors with Christian care!
Marty Brisco makes sure KSC’s quarterly taxes are sent with the information Dawn, our assistant, prepares. Marty’s background is in Business Administration and accounting from WSU in 1980. He has worked for 27 years maintaining financial, accounting, administrative and personnel benefits and services. In 1998 he completed his Personal Financial Planning from WSU and completed his teacher/counselor training from Christian Financial Concepts. He and his brother developed, owned, and operated Yogurt Heaven, which was in business for 12 years before selling their last store. He was treasurer for many years at his church and is a man known for his integrity, loyalty, and faithfulness in the church, at home, and in the workplace. One quote Marty really likes is “The moments we share today inspire the stories we tell tomorrow.”
Christine feels that God has been preparing them for such a time as this. As they continue to live out care-giving on a daily basis with her grandmother in the home while raising their own family, they are constantly reminded of the need for honor, purpose, patience, understanding, encouragement, significance, respite and support. From their personal journey, they have been called to encourage others traveling a similar path of care-giving as well as bring awareness to the needs of the aging and their care-givers.
Christine’s grandmother, the inspiration and poster queen of KSC, passed from this life into Heaven on July 25, 2013. This ministry is dedicated to her.
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