Vicki Johnson

When the position of Director of Development came open at Crossroads House, I knew that it was time for me to make a change and pursue my interest in end-of-life caregiving.  I had the honor of being a caregiver for my mom, Betty Gautieri, prior to her passing in 2015 and, I am currently a caregiver for my aunt, Dorothy Quartley.  I had the privilege of being at the side of my 103-year-old grandmother, Lucy Gautieri, when she passed and, I have sat with several other loved ones while they were making their final journey.

To be a good Director of Development, I believe that I must start at the foundation of Crossroads House…caring for the dying and supporting their family members and loved ones.  I have started our New Volunteer Orientation and Resident Care Training Program with our Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Ashley Manuel.  Ashley embraces the philosophy of Crossroads House: “You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to LIVE until you die.” (Dame Cicely Saunders)
In my position as a property manager in the affordable housing industry, I had a fulfilling sixteen-year career working with, and for, the elderly and disabled members of our community.  During that time, I learned just how fragile life is and I saw the pain that was often present in people’s lives because of strained relationships and not knowing how to forgive or ask for forgiveness.

It is because of those experiences that I came to see death as a time to celebrate life.  It is a time for forgiveness, reconciliation, sharing memories and laughter and most of all, sharing love.  Crossroads House mission is now my mission, and I am so honored to be a part of this organization and be able to bring peace, meaning, comfort & care to individuals and their loved ones.