Father’s reflect on parenthood

Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) in Wyckoff keeps caring in the family. From the Center’s early days, generations of family members have been found working, living, and/or volunteering here. In recognition of Father’s Day, two fathers in the CHCC family reflected on what being a parent means to them.

Daniel Baez, CHCC’s Information Services Applications/Project Coordinator and Riverdale resident, loves working at CHCC, and the Center’s on-site Child Day Care Center, which is located in the lower level of The Longview Assisted Living Residence, is an added benefit for him. His youngest son and daughter attend the on-site day care program, and Mr. Baez enjoys the fact that Joshua and Victoria can participate in intergenerational activities with Longview residents.

Reflecting on what fatherhood means to him, Mr. Baez said, “Being a dad is one of the most challenging jobs on earth. The impression I make today on them will remain with them forever. I am profoundly aware of this. I am called to love them and be their mentor.”

“My daddy tells us the best stories every night before we go to bed,” said his son Joshua. His daughter Victoria said, “My daddy is my best friend!”

Michael Taggart is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at CHCC’s The David F. Bolger Post-acute Care Unit and a New City, NY, resident. His son Christopher also attends the Child Day Care Center.

“I can’t wait to see what every new day brings, and it’s amazing to watch” said Mr. Taggart. “I would not change my life for anything in the world.”

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