Teammate Spotlight: Rafaela Alvarez

Housekeeping Week 2023, from September 10-16, is focused on recognizing and celebrating the hard work of housekeeping professionals, particularly in the fields of healthcare, hospitality and facility management. Dedicated Presbyterian Village North (PVN) Housekeeping Technician Rafaela Alvarez has been part of the organization for 26 years! She spends most of her time serving the residents of The Villas. Forefront Living is thankful for teammates like Rafaela for her attention to detail, reliability and positive outlook. We sat down with Rafaela to learn more about her through a fun question and answer session. Read about this genuine and servant-hearted teammate below.  

What are you passionate about regarding your professional role?
I’m passionate about taking care of my residents and teammates.

Tell us about your hobbies:
I am a plant lover! I enjoy taking care of plants and especially love tending to my home garden.

What are some of your favorite foods and restaurants?
My favorite restaurant is Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, and my favorite cuisine is seafood. I enjoy everything from the sea – fish, shrimp, crab, etc.

Tell us about your family:
I am the proud mother of four adult children and nine wonderful grandchildren. I have been married to my husband, Martin, for 43 years!

How would your friends describe you?
My friends would describe me as outgoing and very sociable. I enjoy meeting new people and never shy away from striking up a conversation with a stranger.

Evangeline “Vangie” Gonzalez, PVN’s Director of Housekeeping, shared these kind words about Rafaela, “Rafaela takes pride in her work and our residents, especially at The Villas, adore her. She loves helping her teammates and it is an honor to have her on our team!”