NEW BRITAIN - Two women with similar goals joined to open their individual businesses - a private home care agency and a counseling and wellness center - in the same building.
EverCare of Connecticut Home Health Care, LLC and H.E.A.L. Counseling & Wellness, LLC are located at 241 West Main St.
Judith Browne is the owner of EverCare of Connecticut Home Health Care, LLC.
From a young age Browne, who is the second of nine children, helped take care of her younger siblings, a duty she said she enjoyed. She once had the opportunity of caring for an elderly neighbor and that gave her “this sort of urge” to help older people.
Browne said that for years she ran away from a career in health care. She has an extensive business background. She has worked for an online service provider and has degrees in marketing management and in computer information systems.
She started working as a health care worker in 2012.
“I worked for older people for a period of time which brought me to this because I have seen how other caregivers take care of the elderly and it is not optimum care,” Browne said. “With me, I give my elderly patients or clients optimal care.”
In 2016, Browne obtained a license for a home health care agency and in 2017 she opened EverCare of Connecticut, which was originally located at 323 West Main St. The business moved in January.
EverCare of Connecticut hires caregivers to help clients from their home. The agency offers hourly or live-in caregivers and clients receive assistance in bathing, medication reminders, meal preparations, light housekeeping, companion and recreational activities. In addition, EverCare of Connecticut provides assistance to individuals of any age undergoing a rehab transition including mothers recovering from a cesarean section and children that are bed ridden.
Browne’s desire to help the community goes beyond her business as she is also willing to temporarily assist local seniors at no cost if they need a caregiver but are waiting on financial assistance. According to Browne, for some seniors it takes a while to find an agency or caregiver depending on their health insurance.
“My effort is to go in the community and find out about these people and try to give them assistance,” she added.
Halima Butler, a licensed clinical social worker, is the owner of H.E.A.L. Counseling & Wellness. H.E.A.L. stands for hope, empower, accept and love.
Butler has been in private practice for four years, but has been a case manager and therapist for more than 15 years.
Butler started H.E.A.L. Counseling & Wellness in 2017 at 323 West Main Street, where she met Browne and decided to move their businesses to the 241 West Main St. location.
Butler said she was born to be a therapist because of the things she had to go through in life before she found her purpose.
“I grew up in a very nice environment in a middle class background,” she said. “However, I was a very rebellious teen. At 16, I got pregnant and dropped out of high school. After I had my baby I decided I wasn’t going to become a statistic. I got my associates degree and started working in the field of human services and knew that I wanted to do more in my career.”
Butler later got a bachelors and masters degree. After working for seven years at a job as a clinician and assistant director at a group home for boys, Butler decided to resign and go into private practice.
Butler said she went into private practice to be able to incorporate more things in her therapy sessions including art therapy and solution focus therapy.
“I just wanted to be able to reach people in every way possible,” Butler said.
While Butler has a wide variety of clients, she also does trauma work and works with police officers and people who work in the corrections departments.
To learn more about H.E.A.L. Counseling & Wellness, call 860-532-5583. To learn more about EverCare of Connecticut, visit www.evercarect.com or call 860-438-7722.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.