Making caring a part of your life |

Making caring a part of your life

Today was one of those mornings where I woke up and just wanted to cry. In fact, as I’m typing this, I’m crying. You know what I’m talking about – women especially. When we don’t know what to do, sometimes the only thing to do is cry.The wonderful thing about being a writer is that when you write you can change the outcome of your story. You come to a page that is so blank and empty, but before you are done you’re able to add life and color to that same blank page. Why am I sharing this with you?A few weeks back, I called my sister-in-law, Debi Gippner, and told her that I needed to find a part-time job. “I want something that I can work around my schedule but would allow me to interact with other people,” I said.The only people I seem to chat with are the people I write about. Fictional characters brought to life by a swift jot of my keyboard. She immediately said, “Well, I know of a place that would be perfect for you.” She continued on, telling me about the Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Service Public Authority, which includes an office in Truckee. She said, “Gina, you could get paid for caring for others.”Debi gave me the phone number and I immediately called. I made an appointment, and I’m now employed.As I pulled up to the house that I was to work at, I smiled. How many times had I passed that home during the past 15 years that I’ve lived in Nevada County and never realized the person living in that home needed assistance? I knocked on the door and was greeted by her smiling face. By the end of my workday, I realized it was not she who needed assistance, but me.She reminded me that every day is a new page and truly worth writing about.When you find something in life of value, it’s important to share it. Last Wednesday, I went and chatted with Kathy DiMaggio, Heather Bullis and Trish Sims, all employees of the Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority. I found that old adage, “like attracts like” to be very true. They each had much in common and liked what they were doing. Their job is very rewarding. They get to partner people with people. There’s so much in caring for others that sometimes we forget why we’re doing it. We get selfish; irritated … we get that nasty “I” disease. “I” did this today, and you never even noticed!” Well the definition of “caring” is: To provide assistance or supervision. That’s it. When you care for someone, you provide assistance to them or supervise what it is they are doing. There are no bells, whistles or parades, just one person caring for another. There are many people in Nevada County that need to be “cared” for. The wonderful thing about this job is that you can work as much or as little as you like. If you have children that are in school, you can work around their schedules, and you get paid to do exactly what we’re supposed to do daily – care for others.As I sit here writing this, I wonder why, especially living in this county, there would be a need. The only thing I can figure is, like me, you were not aware there was this need. I’m praying that now that you know about it, you will pick up the phone and call the Nevada-Sierra Regional In-House Support Public Authority.So, the reason I was crying today? I was reminded that there are people who come into our lives for seasons, reasons and moments, and those are the people we will never forget.Please call Trish Sims at (530) 587-6331 at the IHSS Public Authority in Truckee.Gina Gippner is a Penn Valley resident and mother of three. She can be reached via e-mail at or computer chat at

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