“It’s not easy being a home attendant. You’ll have a mixture of clients where some of them you enjoy talking to and spending time with and the others, you may not be fond of,” said 31-year-old Charity McCloggan.
“But at the end of the day, the work that you do with the clients and the knowledge of knowing you are making a difference in their life, regardless if they say it, is truly rewarding.”
McCloggan has worked as a home attendant for about three years and loves every moment of it, she told the Amsterdam News. “It definitely taught me patience! You’re working with older people, so you have to remember to be friendly. I have met so many people in just the little time I have been an attendant. To hear their life stories and how fulfilling it is, is truly inspirational.”
Born and raised in New York, McCloggan had a difficult childhood. Both of her parents died when she was very young. Charity and her brother ended up living with their grandmother, Claudette McCloggan, a beloved retired Bed Stuy Family Health Clinic Prenatal Care Assistant Program counselor.
“My grandmother made sure we knew the importance of getting an education and family. I am so grateful that she did because it definitely became beneficial as I got older.”
During her free time, Charity attends church service, works as a freelance writer and is a member of the Maclin Overseas Nursing Alliance. For over 30 years, the Maclin Overseas Nursing Alliance has provided health service for people in Guyana. “I really got involved in it because of my aunt who was a part of the board, but I am glad that I did. It’s always great to give back to those who are in need. I also got the opportunity to connect with the Guyanese side of my family.”