Pam Abrams Named Charles Guest Award Recipient
Palmer Home celebrated Pam Abrams, Director of Education, as the 2019 recipient of the Charles Guest Service Award. The Charles Guest Service Award recognizes a staff member for his or her contributions to Palmer Home for Children, mirroring the pursuit of excellence demonstrated by Palmer Home Board member Charles Guest.
“This award represents a chance to recognize somebody that saw an opportunity and was able to execute what was needed for success in the lives of our children,” said Drake Bassett, President and CEO. “Pam’s passion, care for our children, personal skillset, and combination of love and service for our children made the choice for this award easy.”
Abrams met every criterion for the award and more. Her fierce love for the children at Palmer School is evident to everyone around her. Abrams has been with Palmer Home since 2014, and her friendliness and humility are widely known. You would be hard pressed to find a single individual in our organization who does not enjoy working with Abrams. She is a wonderful example of Christian character to the students she cares for, demonstrating what it means to walk with God daily. Her servant-leadership is evident in the way she cares for others, always putting their needs ahead of her own as she leads by example. Palmer Home thanks Abrams for the pillar of strength, dignity, and love she is to the Palmer Home family.
Palmer Home opened Palmer School in 2014. Abrams has been at Palmer Home since the first year of the school opening. She first served as Educational Coordinator, lending her 30 years of teaching experience. The school started as a way to address specific educational needs some of the children at Palmer Home. Now, the school serves the entire Columbus campus. Palmer School added a STEM lab for the 2018-19 school year, and with Abrams at the helm, Palmer School will continue to grow.
“I’m very honored and shocked to receive this award,” said Abrams. “I just love the kids. I try to help them on a daily basis, not only with reading and writing, but help them when they feel rejected and unloved. That’s one thing about the school, they know that they are loved. I thank God every day for my Palmer Kids, and I love my job.”