I am Donna Collings. More than two decades working as a human services professional has taught me how to support people — based on the goals they create for themselves and in a way that honors both their needs and wishes.
I worked in hospice for 13 years and in group homes for another 13 years. I hope to use the compassion, knowledge and skills I routinely applied to these jobs to support someone in my home, while encouraging them to do their best and accomplish what they want.
I share a 20-acre property with Toby, my goldendoodle puppy. Our home is a beautiful, two-story home with an open floor plan. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two decks to enjoy nicer weather. Someone who moves into my home will have their own bedroom. Because of the open floor plan, most other spaces are shared with Toby and me.
Our closest neighbor lives several acres away, and the nearest town is about five miles from our home. While there is no public transportation nearby, I would be happy to drive someone who shares my home anywhere they need to go.
I am semi-retired and like to spend my days doing yard work, baking, working on sewing and knitting projects, and keeping active with my church through weekly Bible studies. My faith plays an important role in my life, strengthening me every day.
My family is also very important to me. I raised six children and have two grandchildren, all of whom live in the Twin Cities area. Spending time with my family is when I feel most fulfilled. They visit frequently, and I would welcome someone who moves into my home to spend this time with my family as well.
I look forward to supporting someone in my home and offering them a supportive, encouraging and welcoming environment.