Employee Spotlight: Elizabeth Midence
BY Laurie Menekou
July 31, 2017

Originally from New York, Elizabeth’s family moved to South Florida in 1967. A graduate of University of Tennessee in Knoxville, with a degree in Home Economics Education, Elizabeth began her career as a Home Economics teacher at Bright Horizons. It was then that she was first introduced to working with individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.
In 2015, Elizabeth joined the Victory Living family and currently works with the Adult Day Training/Community Inclusion Program team. As a VLP staff member, Elizabeth’s responsibilities include facilitating several educational classes with the clients, such as cooking and the travel club. “Having a personal passion for hospitality, I get excited when a client shares that they prepared a meal at home from something they learned in class and in turn have become more conscientious of eating nutritious, well balanced meals,” says Elizabeth.
Although it has been 34 years since Elizabeth served as a Home Economics teacher at Bright Horizons, she now has the joy of working with some of her former students in the ADT/ Community Inclusion Program. “What I love about VLP is its mission to assist persons with disabilities to live more independent and productive lives. I appreciate that it creates an avenue for socialization. Our clients know how to have a good time!” says Elizabeth.
In addition to being passionate about her work with Victory Living Programs, Elizabeth is an avid traveler. She has traveled to six of the seven continents (Antarctica is on her bucket list!) and she lived abroad for 22 years, including blue water sailing for two years. Elizabeth is the proud mom of three awesome adult children and she explains that her faith is central to who she is.
When asked about her work at Victory Living Programs, Elizabeth summarizes, “[Ultimately] I feel honored to be a part of the clients’ lives. I like to think that at the end of the day we both come away with a little more than we started out with. I feel like they make me a better person every day - they truly fill my love tank.”

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