Pallottine Cook April Isaac has endless energy and a contagious enthusiasm. Her family, her work and her extensive hobbies keep her busy—and she loves every minute of it! Read more about April and why she loves being a part of the Pallottine staff.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
I have been married 24 years to my husband, Sean. He was in the military for 24 years and just retired in August. He was in the first Gulf War. Now he works for the Veteran’s Administration. We got to go to a lot of states by him being in the military—Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and many more. I’ve also been to Holland, Germany and Czechoslovakia.
My daughter LaSean was born in Arlington, Texas. She’s 18, graduated from Hazelwood Central with a 4.0 and she is now at Texas Christian University.
We also have two cats, Romeo and Fiona.
How long have you worked at Pallottine?
I started in January. My volunteer work at the YMCA connected me with Miss Martha, who has been a cook at Pallottine for over 20 years. She worked at the Y for over 20 years, too. My daughter told her I needed a job and Miss Martha said, “Tell her to go to Pallottine.” And I got the job right away!
I’ve been here nine months and it’s so wonderful it’s like I’ve been here forever. They treat me like an equal. I’ve been working since I was 13 years old and nobody has treated me so equally on the job. When they hired me they asked me about my daughter and my schedule. It’s truly amazing.
What are some of the gifts you bring to your work?
I’m a hard worker, and I have a great smile. I make people laugh.
Why do you think the mission of Pallottine Renewal Center is important?
I think it’s very important because they let all types of people in, all types of religions. They give everybody a chance, including me.
How does your work help support the mission?
I create great, healthy, yummy meals for the guests. We serve great food for people away from home.
What does Pallottine’s motto, “Refresh. Reflect. Renew.” mean to you?
I think people come here to download from the world and pray. They have their meetings, communion, shower, eat and do it all that on this wonderful land. And they get to restart and start new again.
What do you enjoy to do in your spare time?
I like to skate, go bowling, Zumba and belly dancing. I also do buffets and party planning. I love spending time with my family. And cooking. I still come home and cook.
What’s some of the best advice you have been given?
When I got married 24 years ago, the pastor told us never go to bed angry so you don’t wake up angry. Try to talk something out before you go to bed.
And always be kind to people. You don’t know why kind of day they’re having. You don’t know what happened to people before you saw them. I try to smile and be kind all the time.