"Always treat others as you would like to be treated, with respect and patience."
Volunteers share many qualities, including compassion, kindness and flexibility, and Rosa Rodriguez fits the mold. It is her attitude toward life that sets Rosa apart from other volunteers in Barron County. Her motivation to start volunteering came out of the belief that she needed to stop feeling sorry for herself, and the residents of Barron County continue to reap the benefits of this life-altering realization everyday.
Over the past ten years, Rosa has served as a driver for Barron County's DAYBREAK program for those living with Alzheimer's disease. Rosa spends several hours bringing people to DAYBREAK and taking them back home, but to say she is a chauffeur would be a major understatement. Rosa also serves as a motivator, problem solver, caregiver and friend. She will step in to help wherever and whenever she is needed.
In addition to the DAYBREAK program, Rosa also helps the Hispanic community anyway she can. She serves as an interpreter, teacher, resource and advocate for those who need her. With a growing Spanish-speaking population in the area, Rosa is an integral member of the community.
Putting the needs of others ahead of her own is just what Rosa does, and seeing the smiles on the faces of the people she helps is what keeps her coming back every day.
Barron County Office on Aging - DAYBREAK Program