Most of Arkansas experienced what many are calling the “snowpocalypse” the third week of February, this record-setting severe weather had most of the state shut down, keeping many from safely going to work, businesses were shut down and store shelves were bare. Some Arkansans were able to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime winter wonderland while others, those considered “essential” the show had to go on. Over the last year, when you year the word “essential” these are the facilities referred to as such, grocery stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, convenience stores, pet stores, hardware stores, office supply stores, and liquor stores.
The unsung heroes are in fact the front-line workers in the janitorial industry. When everyone was retreating, the janitors, custodians, and environmental services teams came in first to disinfect the medical facilities, schools, offices, banks, and so on allowing these industries to safely stay open. DOW understands the significance of our team members and the sacrifices they have made during the last year.
When the snowstorm developed so many of our accounts closed but one of those that did not was our 13-year partner, Good Shepherd, a local Senior Living & Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock, two of DOW’s long time employees, Lucille Dexter and Sheila Conley, made a choice to stay on-site, snowed in away from their family to ensure the Good Shepherd staff and patients maintained the cleanliness for which they were accustomed. Lucille and Sheila, have been dedicated to the DOW family for 13 and 7 years, respectfully. It is team members like Lucille and Sheila that make up the fabric of our company. We can not express how grateful we are that they stepped up during this time and how proud we are to have them both on the DOW team.