If you’ve ever stepped foot in the West Loop cafeteria at Mercy Home, you know Stanley Smith. Whether you were offered a pastry, a drink, or a smile, Stan makes sure that every coworker leaves the cafeteria happy.
“I know your job is hard, and I’m here to help,” he said. “I’m a support staff. I look at it just like that.”
And Stan has been helping the coworkers at Mercy Home for a long time—since 2001! After his aunt, who worked at Mercy Home at the time, told him that “Mercy Home need someone like you,” he took a job in facilities and spent 13 years there.
But finding himself having a difficult time paying attention to just one task at a time, Mercy Home management thought he might be a better fit in the kitchen.
“When you work facilities, you’re everywhere, you know everybody, [and] you’re always helpful,” Stan said.
With that in mind, Stan was offered a job working with our coworkers in the kitchen and has been there since.
Stan finds the job here interesting, especially after coming from his background as a computer operator in the U.S. Army.