Montano Retires After 13 Years at Hub

Stella Montano retires next week after 13 years at The Hub on Smith Street. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Stella Montano retires next week after 13 years at The Hub on Smith Street. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Stella Montano, who's director of family caregiver services at The Hub on Smith Street, will be retiring next week after 13 years in that position.

Montano said next Friday, Sept. 13, will be her last day. An open house will be held in her honor from 2 to 4 p.m. that day.

In her job, Montano said, she works with caregivers who are supporting loved ones who are dealing with dementia or other illnesses that require support.

She talked about what prompted her decision to retire.

Another program that Montano works with is one that started three years ago for grandparents raising grandchildren. That program is also funded by the state and is part of the caregiver program, she said.

More recently, she said, that program has been renamed “older relative caregivers,” in recognition that children also may be raised by other relatives such as aunts or uncles. Also, Montano said, there are some people in Sheridan raising great-grandchildren.

One of Montano's treasured possessions is a large canning jar that's filled with notes of appreciation written to her and presented to her by caregivers at a conference last year. Montano said those notes mean a lot to her.

She said it's been an honor for her to work with the caregivers.

Montano with her jar of letters of appreciation from caregivers that she's helped through the years. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Montano with her jar of letters of appreciation from caregivers that she's helped through the years. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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