Cypress Cove has a shining star who has been brightening the community since April 2018. Maria Cerda has devoted herself to ensuring that every day is a joyful one for the residents she serves.
Maria’s journey at Cypress Cove has been marked by versatility and dedication. With experience in every building on campus and cross-training in all positions within environmental services, she is the epitome of a team player. Yet, what truly sets Maria apart is her unique ability to connect with residents, spreading laughter and happiness wherever she goes.
Originally from Nicaragua, Maria’s journey to Cypress Cove took her through various locations. She spent some time in Maryland, followed by a stint in Miami, before finally relocating to Fort Myers about seven years ago.
As one of the most requested housekeepers, Maria is more than just a team member; she is a cherished friend to the residents. Known for her infectious sense of humor, big smile, and upbeat personality, Maria has a knack for brightening the days of those around her. Residents eagerly anticipate her visits, and her presence is met with open arms and warm welcomes.
One of Maria’s remarkable talents is her affinity for dogs, even those with less-than-stellar behavior. Her love for these four-legged friends only adds to her endearing charm. But it’s not just her affinity for pets that makes Maria exceptional; it’s her willingness to go above and beyond for Cypress Cove’s residents.
Maria has recently received exciting news that has her beaming with joy—she will become a great-grandmother for the first time, with the new addition expected in April 2024. The anticipation of whether it will be a boy or girl adds an extra layer of excitement to her life.
When asked about her work at Cypress Cove, Maria’s eyes light up. “I love interacting with and caring for the residents,” she shares. “Their warm welcomes every week make me feel like part of their family.” Maria attributes much of her joy to the unwavering support and understanding she receives from her supervisors, Steven and Jennifer, and the entire leadership team at Cypress Cove.
Maria adds, “Coming to work here doesn’t feel like work at all. My bosses and the residents treat me like family.” She also cherishes her coworkers and the camaraderie they share. Her role allows her to enjoy the benefits offered by Cypress Cove, particularly the PTO (paid time off) program, which grants her valuable time to spend with her two sons and two granddaughters.
In a heartfelt expression of gratitude, Maria says, “I feel blessed to be part of the Cypress family. Taking care of the residents brings me immense joy, and I’ll do anything to make them happy.”
A heartfelt letter of endorsement from residents Sylvia and Paul Simko attests to her hard work and sunny disposition, acknowledging her as an indispensable part of their lives.
Additionally, Mrs. Jenkins, another resident, couldn’t help but sing Maria’s praises. “Maria is a treasure to have,” she says. “She’s marvelous, very cheerful, and always has a smile on her face. We love her!”
Maria Cerda’s journey at Cypress Cove is a testament to the power of kindness, dedication, and the profound impact one person can have on an entire community. Through her warm spirit and unwavering commitment, she has not only brightened the lives of residents but has become an integral part of the Cypress Cove family.