Meet Kendra Flora, new administrator for Lydia’s House at Mennonite Village.
How she got here, is anything but conventional.
“I thought I would retire from the utility industry as my father did. However, the Lord had other plans for me,” Kendra explained.
Kendra was born and raised in Salem, and still lives about five miles from her childhood home. Her parents still live in that home, and all her siblings are close by, which is especially important to her. She loves spending time with her nieces and nephews. “I like to go camping and kayaking with my family,” she added.
Kendra graduated from Linfield College with a degree in accounting. That led to her 17-year career in the utility industry.
“(God) told me that He didn’t need me in the utility industry anymore and it was time to move. I didn’t know where at the time, but I told God, no I wasn’t ready because I was happy and content where I was. Well…He had other plans and here I am,” she said.
Those plans began with a stint at a not-for-profit faith-based care facility as the assistant administrator. She took that job at the beginning of 2020, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Welcome to senior care, Kendra!
“I had to quickly come up to speed on the standard regulations and then quickly change gears each time new regulations regarding COVID-19 was handed out,” she said.
As for her new role as Lydia’s House administrator, Kendra said she is excited to work towards several goals including strengthening staff training, communication between staff and families, seeing how processes may be improved, and cultivating relationships between Mennonite Village departments.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Kendra is happy she listened to the Lord and made the leap of faith.
“I love seniors and am so happy to be at Mennonite Village. The residents are amazing, the families are wonderful, the staff is excellent, and the facility is beautiful.” Kendra said.