An Amazing Journey Leads to Atria
Posted on September 23, 2013 by Sarah Mathison
We know Atria is home to inspiring residents and employees. Sandy Taso, the Engage Life Director at Atria Carrollton in Texas, has certainly inspired us with her story.
In 1992, war broke out in Bosnia, Sandy’s native country. Soon after, she realized she was pregnant, but her husband, a Bosnian soldier, was at war. The two were unable to see or speak to one another for three years.
Several years later – with the help of her father – Sandy and her daughter were able to move to the U.S. In December 1994, Sandy landed in Dallas, where she was reunited with her husband.
“I had to start my life over, I didn’t speak English, and we had no other family or friends to support us,” says Sandy.
Sandy taught herself English by reading books and listening to people talk on TV. In 2001, she started working as a caregiver at Atria Carrollton and remembers falling in love with the residents. They reminded her of her parents, who she missed very much.
She was also going to school to finish her medical assistant degree, and that’s when she decided to grow her career with Atria – the Engage Life Director position became available, and she applied.
“I said, 'This is it – I want to spend more time with the residents. I love helping them,” Sandy recalls.
She’s been at the community for 11 years now, and still inspires residents and employees with her incredible story.
We appreciate your commitment to serving our residents, Sandy. Thanks for sharing your story with us!