We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeannine Nash and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeannine, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Every day I wake up and remember the opportunity I had to care for my grandmother as she was living with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Although my grandmother and I made the best out of our time together we endured some tough times due to a lack of training and resources. When my grandmother passed away I made a promiss to find a way to assist other granmothers and their loved ones so they wouldn’t have to suffer through the difficulties we had to. When my grandmother was discharged from the hospital she was sent home with no resources and no assistance. My mother and I took on the challenge of being her care providers at home. I had the day shifts and I had no skills on providing care for anyone. I took on the challenge while not trying to show my grandmother that I was scared. I remember doing my best to transfer my grandmother from her bedroom to the restroom, we spent alot of time on the floor rolling and scooting till we got where we needed to be. We laughed and cried together. And when my mom would call I would say everything was okay. I would dress my grandmother and ensure her lipstick was on andher hair was done before any visitors could see her. It was important she was able to keep her dignity and respect. When my grandmother passed away I made a promise to ensure no other family had to endure what we did. I set out to learn how to care for the elderly. I also wanted to ensure families were never sent home without the resources needed to care for their loved one. I went to school to become a Certified Nurse Aide and after working in hospitals and with in home care organizations I furthered my carreer to obtain my Assiciate Degree in Behavirol Science. With my hands on experience and education I made a decision to open an agency that offers a wrap around of programs to ensure elderly and adult persons with disabilities are offered the resources and referrals necessary to live an independent lifestyle with Dignity, Respect and Integrity. My compnay name is A Positive Choice Resource & Referral Services, LLC
What should our readers know about your business?
At one time in my life, I was attending Fashion Design School and I dreamed of being the next best designer on Times Square. My grandmother allowed me to use all her beautiful peals for a school presentation one day, I received an A on my presentation and could not wait to tell my grandmother. When I got to my grandmothers’ house she was still in bed and that is when I found out that she had Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I changed my school hours to nights so I could care for my grandmother during the day. I had no caregiving experience and had no idea what to do to help my grandmother. The hospital did not send us any help no give us resources. I did the best I could to ensure my grandmother lived her life with dignity. We spent some time scooting on the floor to the restroom because I did not know anything about transfers. I learned special ways to feed her, and ensure she always looked pretty just incase visitors came by. I was devastated the day my grandmother passed away. That is when I promised that no other family should ever have to go through what my family went through. All families regardless of insurance, race, or financial means should have the resources and referrals necessary to live a safe and healthy lifestyle with dignity, integrity, and respect. I went to school and obtained my certificate as a nurse assistant and I went on to college to obtain my Associate Degree in Behavioral Science. I have worked within the field as a Certified Nurse Aide and an in-home Caregiver, I also work in the field of social services as an alcohol and drug specialist, Assisted Living Director of Sales, Home Care Operations, and Patient Services, Specialist. After obtaining thirty years of experience and education I decided to open my dream company in honor of my grandmother ” A Positive Choice Resource & Referral Services, LLC” Starting a business was like going to register for college, scary but exciting. Not knowing what to expect or do but knowing it is the first step to reaching a lifetime goal and achieving success. I did not go to school for business nor accounting. I had to reach out to people I knew who owned businesses and ask them how they got started. I would take notes and make a to-do list. Then I would follow their example. I have stumbled and fallen along the way and I still make errors. I have learned that banks are for money, not my file cabinet, to allow accounting person to handle the books because I am bad at it and that I cannot do everything myself so bring on help. I have also learned that it is ok to say that I do not know the answer and do the research to obtain the right answer. My end game is for when people see my logo they are able to say hey that is Jeannine’s company she is the resource and referral guru. If she cannot help you she will know someone who can. My mission is to ensure elderly and adult persons with disabilities are provided with the resources and referrals necessary to live an independent lifestyle with their community with respect, integrity, and dignity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Wednesday: If my best friend was to come to visit for a week we would take a trip to one of my favorite places in San Diego Balboa Park. We would spend the day visiting museums and the beautiful botanical Gardens. we would have a nice lunch at the Prado. Thursday: This will be a sunny beach day walking the boardwalk of Mission Beach, having a funfilled time at Belmont Park riding rides, and eating junk food. Friday: Visiting family riding around from one family member to the next. Saturday: have a BBQ at the house with lots of friends and family in attendance. Sunday: dragging ourselves to The Rock Church to get rejuvenated and spiritually fed. Monday: resting up sitting on the couch in our onesies laughing, joking, and talking about old times. Tuesday: dropping my best friend at the airport giving her a hug until next time =)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe everything I have accomplished to my grandmother, Allie Mae Lewis, and my mother, Shirley Nash, the two women in my life that represent strength, independence, and unconditional love. As long as I hold onto those priciples and with the help of God I will be able to live our my purpose to assist our elderly and disabled adults. I am greatful to the program of NA that taught me the importance of giving back to my community. Which has led me to holding public, city, and county board positions: Former Prsident of San Diego County Council on Aging, former Chair of Chula Vista Commission on Aging, and current Private Sector Seat 9 of The County of San Diego Community Action Board
Jeannine and Shirley Nash