People skills keep her busy

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 10, 2004

By SUE ELLEN ROSS – Staff Reporter

LAPLACE – When Louise Joseph first applied for volunteer work at River Parishes Hospital five years ago, she didn’t know what to expect. A friend had been serving at the hospital and felt Joseph would enjoy the work and the atmosphere.

“She said it would be a rewarding experience,” said Joseph. “I had free time, and thought this would be one way of giving back to the community.”

The Reserve resident didn’t know which departments had an opening, so she kept an open mind. She didn’t have to worry. Stationed in the hospital’s gift shop, she is very happy in her position and looks forward to her weekly visits.

The dedicated volunteer likes to be social, and the traffic in the gift shop affords that opportunity. Located in the hub of activity at the hospital, the shop sees a steady flow of traffic.

Another plus to her job is the volunteer group she works with. She was pleasantly surprised at the interaction of the group members, and feels very comfortable being a part of that. “They are very close knit – like a family,” she said.

The events and recognition dinner that the hospital provides for the volunteer force are also much appreciated, she added

In addition to her work at the hospital, Joseph is an active member and volunteer at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Reserve.

She also finds time to spend with her two sons, Whitney Joseph, Jr., of Reserve; and Larry Joseph, of Kenner; and also her six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Joseph’s take on the volunteer experience is nothing put positive, and she said she is very happy with the decision to offer her services.

“Sometimes you may come across irritable people, put you still put a smile on your face,” she said. “I came here to do a job. Many people in the hospital (and their families) sometimes need a helping hand. This keeps me busy, it keeps me going. It’s a great satisfaction to know I can help another human being.”

For information on volunteering at River Parishes Hospital, call Claudette Henry at 651-1482.