Today we’d like to introduce you to LaTasha Pannell.
Hi LaTasha, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I have always had a love and passion for helping people. When I was in middle school, I was in a club called natural helpers. It involved being a role model to my peers and helping anyone in need. I also enjoyed working with the individuals in my school with developmental disabilities. There was one particular student with cerebral palsy that I would teach cheers and she loved it. The joy I seen in her eyes made my day. In high school, I went to the career center and studied to be a medical assistant. I was inducted into the national honor society while at Fort Hayes Career Center. My dream was to go to Hampton University and become a pediatric nurse but of course, plans never go as planned. I had a child soon after I graduated high school and I started The Ohio State University in the fall of 1999, as life was happening, I found myself working a job with Job and Family Services. I thought I was going to be helping people but it was really hindering them. I worked for the county for eight years and was living paycheck to paycheck. My friend mentioned starting a business in the Developmental disability field because of my kind loving heart but at the time I was only 28 and was interest about becoming a business owner. At 33 years old I met a multi entrepreneur that changed my way of thinking and helped groom me to become an entrepreneur. I then applied to get my certification to become an agency provider and provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. My great aunts had a daycare in North Carolina called Agape. Agape is the highest form of Love, a Godly Love. and I felt it was the perfect name for the company and it defined what I wanted my company to stand for. Agape Care LLC was formed in 2016. I started out with one consumer and today I have consumers in Franklin, Fairfield, and Hocking County. It’s has been extreme lows, lots of tears, and a lot of praying. I have been on a verge of quitting several times but during my breakdowns I was told, “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it” The road to success was far from easy but I prayed a lot and take it one day at a time.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road as an agency caring for individuals with disabilities has not been easy. Some of my struggles, in the beginning, included getting consumers, Meeting payroll when the county hasn’t paid, and balancing consumer/guardian relationships.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Agape Care LLC is an agency that provides supportive living to individuals with developmental disabilities. We go into their homes and assist with daily living skills, personal care, getting the consumer integrated in the community, and helping them live the best quality life they can. We also work with extreme behaviors and low functioning consumers. I am most proud of my staff; they live up to the principles that Agape Care abides by and provide exceptional care to our consumers. What sets us apart from other agencies is that we have a genuine connection with our consumers and their guardians, we focus on outcomes and making sure our consumers live life to their fullest potential. We show gratitude to our staff and express our appreciation to them often. We give Agape Love!
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Since the COVID-19 crisis, I have learned that you have to get creative with getting clients out in the community without risk of exposure.
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