Baptist Children's Homes Staff Members Celebrated
Staff members received the Employee of the Year Award on April 7. Left to right: Ann Hall,Weekday Education Teacher; Don Ramsey, Mills Home Maintenance Supervisor; Nancy Allen, Broyhill Home Office Manager; Brenda Ferguson, Administrative Assistant to the COO; Michael C. Blackwell, BCH President; Leslie Little, Stegall Home Direct Support Professional; Arwen Elders, Camp Duncan Supervisor; Carol Layton, NCBAM Administrative and Communications Manager.
For more than three years, Leslie Little has tended to the daily needs of residents at Baptist Children’s Homes’ Developmental Disabilities Ministry (DDM). A direct support professional, Little served at DDM’s Asheboro Home and Mercer Home in Sanford before settling at Stegall Home in Marshville. She considers the residence’s six men her family.
Whether cooking her secret Boston butt recipe or filling in at other DDM homes when additional staff is needed, Little’s heart is focused first on serving God. Her passion for ministry, and love of the special needs adults she cares for daily, led her to be recognized as a 2015 Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) Employee of the Year.
“I want to thank God because He is the head of my life,” Little said standing before BCH trustees and staff members. Little and the other six award recipients were honored on April 7 during combined committee meetings of the BCH Board of Trustees at Mills Home in Thomasville. Each winner addressed the audience after receiving their award from BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell and trustee chair Jerry Jordan.
Prior to being hired, Little suffered the heart-breaking loss of her son. His death left her devastated, but Little found joy and healing through ministering to DDM’s special residents.
“I was really down when I came to BCH,” Little revealed. “Working with these men and ladies really brought me out of it. (Stegall Home resident) Sedrick can come up to me and tell me that I look beautiful and it just makes my day.”