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VMT Home Health is proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and is committed to fostering growth, engagement and highlighting the contributions of Latinos and the positive impact made in our communities. We sat down with Vanessa S. to get her perspective on work, her culture and the people who make a difference in her community and life.

Name – Vanessa S., Staffing Coordinator at VMT Home Health Agency, Washington DC

Q? What is Your Role at VMT?

A: As the Staffing Coordinator, my primary responsibility at VMT is to identify appropriate aides for our beneficiaries. Once I match the right aide with the beneficiary, I then work to coordinate the schedule and plan of care that best meets their needs.

Q? How long have you been with VMT?

A: 2 months

Q? Most memorable moment with VMT? 

A: Although I have been with VMT for a short period of time, I am impressed with how we recognize and treat our colleagues. In my first month, we celebrated one of our colleague’s receiving her master’s degree. It was really nice to see everyone come together to acknowledge her hard work.

Q? You come from a rich and colorful Latina heritage, something that you are very proud of. Is there a special food dish that you love to make?

A: My favorite food is EMPANADAS. My family has a different twist to the way we make it. The recipe is pretty simple.

Empanadas, or beef turnovers, are discs of pastry packed with meat.

Empanadas Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp beef bouillon
  • 1 LB ground beef, lean
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 2 white onions (chopped, about 4 cups)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg wash
  • 3 eggs, hard
  • ½ green olives
  • 1 ½ tsp chili power
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp paprika, sweet
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • ½ butter, unsalted
  • ¾ water

Instructions how to make empanadas dough:

  • 2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup of ice water
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

Mix it all together and smooth it out and bake for 45 minutes in oven at 400 degrees

Let them cool for 20 minutes and enjoy! 😉

Q? Who do you admire/look up to in your community and why?

A: The persons who I admire most definitely are my parents. My mother was born and raised in NJ. She married my father who came from Ecuador. They had to learn from each other, coming from different cultures and speaking different languages but they succeeded and raised a beautiful family.

Vanessa came to this country when she was 7 years old. She is proud of her culture, holds an RN degree and strongly believes that regardless of your background, with hard work you can achieve your dreams.

We Salute You for all that you do!

You can join the VMT Home Health Agency Team here or learn more about home health services we provide here.

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