CLEANING CREW: SOCKs Researchers Transform Apartment of Nashville CARES Client

The giving spirit is alive and well at SOCKs, where there is much more going on than just medical research.

During the work day, SOCKs Data Specialist Brad Guidry breaks down and organizes information and statistics into a format that is easily understandable. Out in the community, he’s doing something similar, but with a personal touch.

Guidry started volunteering this past year with local nonprofit Nashville CARES, which supports low-income individuals and those in need of medical and personal assistance. The organization paired him with a senior living in low-income housing who needed a friendly connection and help with household chores.

Guidry has since been regularly visiting with the man and said that the two have bonded.

“We really hit it off. We really formed a connection,” said Guidry.

Recently, Guidry found the man’s apartment in desperate need of cleaning, as it was overly messy to the point where it was difficult to see the floor or to walk around. And so Guidry decided to put his organization skills to work, and enlisted the help of his SOCKs colleagues, who were eager to assist. 

In a whole-day project, Guidry, along with SOCKs researchers Brittany Brake, Deonte Dawson and Jennifer Wynn sorted through the clutter, scrubbed floors and countertops and decontaminated what had become a dangerously unhealthy living environment.

Brake said that the man’s face lit up when he saw the finished product.

“It was just really rewarding,” said Brake. “When he came back in and saw his house, he was really excited. It made the whole effort worth it.”

Guidry said that he plans to continue to volunteer with Nashville CARES and its CARE Team, which he said is providing an invaluable service for the community.

“I think it’s a great organization,” Guidry said. “There’s not a lot of resources, not a lot of help for these people. But there’s a lot of people that need help.”

A view of the living room before SOCKs researchers cleaned up for a Nashville CARES client.