Countless families have felt the warm compassion from a Hannibal woman, who goes above and beyond with caring she provides through her job with At Home Care in Hannibal.

Countless families have felt the warm compassion from a Hannibal woman, who goes above and beyond with caring she provides through her job with At Home Care in Hannibal.

Pam White regularly gives blankets to clients who need them. She also buys food and clothing for people in need and donates clothes to residents of the women’s sober living house.

White was among 63 winners in Missouri for the Lt. Governor’s Senior Service Award that highlights volunteerism and service to Missouri communities. White credits her unwavering faith in God and her loving family for getting her to where she is today — especially through the encouragement she received from her late husband.

White suffered two strokes and was unable to work for ten years. But her husband always encouraged her to never give up. And she never did. White lost two children, and her husband passed away two years ago this May. She said she never takes anything for granted — pointing out “everything God gives you is a blessing.”

“My faith is everything to me,” she said. “If it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t have made it through the things I have made it through.”

Each day, White makes sure to give to others and share the blessings she receives.

White opened the Hannibal At Home Care office in May 2014 for CEO Carlita Vasser, who also oversees the St. Louis location. White helps people receive care in their homes and connect with community programs. Many of her clients are elderly and receiving fixed incomes, and some are living alone. She connects with families in Monroe City, Hannibal, and many other communities through her work, giving people her cell phone number so they know she’s always a phone call away.

“It feels good to make a difference in anyone’s life,” White said. “If you can make a difference in maybe one, two people’s lives, it’s a good feeling.”

Adam Bathon, Executive Assistant to the CEO with At Home Care, recognized White’s boundless compassion for giving as she regularly ensures clients have everything they need, tutoring children in the community and going above and beyond for her loved ones. He said White is also completing a Master’s Degree, and she is even knitting Bathon an afghan, just because he mentioned he would like one. He offered to pay her, but she politely declined. That act of giving reflects the way White lives each day, and Bathon made sure to share all that White does when he nominated her for Lt. Gov. Mike Parson’s Senior Service Award.

“Ms. White buys groceries with her own modest budget for people who don’t have any means of attaining food or other essentials,” Bathon said. “She radiates a zest for helping people in need. She has a perspective of feeling it is her responsibility to assist in any way she can if it is within her means to do so.”

Bathon said White takes a wide variety of phone calls, engaging each caller with great patience. She diffuses tense situations and always treats people in a friendly manner. He noted how she is guided by her faith, and she loves to make people laugh.

“Her spiritual life has been the driving force in her compassion, and she goes above and beyond continuously in all that she does,” Bathon said. “Plus, she’s a ridiculously funny lady. Even when she chats with some of the new workers in our office in St. Louis, she quickly becomes a favorite phone call.”

Bathon noted that White took in and raised her late husband’s great-niece and great-nephew for eight-and-a-half years, so they could stay with her instead of entering foster care. Bathon said she helps with the women’s recovery program, helping participants get back on their feet after prison.

The front of White’s desk is lined with artwork from a great-grandson, and she said she cherishes time she spends with her family. She enjoys the chance to work with one of her granddaughters, Victoria Smith. White encouraged others to help their neighbors, and she said her occupation has helped open doors to those opportunities.

If everyone would do that, we’d have such a good world,” she said. “And if it wouldn’t be for my job, I wouldn’t be able to do all that.” White’s love for the disadvantaged is contagious at work and everywhere she goes, Bathon said.

“She is a hero in the background holding many people’s lives together, one visit at a time,” he said.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com