Not All Heroes Wear Capes

All of the RIALA award winners with RIALA ED David Bodah

The pandemic has been challenging for everyone. It has also highlighted what is possible with talented staff and quality care, especially in senior living. 

Charlesgate is proud to announce that two employees have been honored by the Rhode Island Assisted Living Association (RIALA) for their dedication and excellence. Jessica Bonin, wellness director, was presented with the Health Care Hero award, which recognizes contributions at the management level, and Maureen Harrop, long-time cook, received the Team Member Hero award, which celebrates front-line staff. 


The awards appreciate “those who go the extra mile to not only ensure that their residents receive outstanding care, but also improve the lives of those living and working in their community.” Jessica and Maureen received their awards in front of fellow staff and supporters at the RIALA annual conference and expo on May 6, 2022. 

Needless to say, Charlesgate is thrilled and proud of these two employees. As a sponsor of RIALA, Charlesgate values the work the association does and is aligned with its principles of “consumer choice, quality care, and accessibility” in long-term care for all Americans. So, the Hero awards mean a lot. As Lauren Yabut, Administrator for Charlesgate Senior Living Center, noted, “It is a great honor to the whole Charlesgate community that organizational partners are recognizing the outstanding work of our employees during the pandemic and beyond.”  

Charlesgate also celebrated its 50th anniversary at the RIALA conference. With a Gold Sponsor exhibitor booth, Charlesgate engaged colleagues and friends around half a century committed to care, compassion, and community. 

It’s true that not all heroes wear capes—and many of them work at Charlesgate.