San Mateo County official lauds home care firm’s ‘exemplary service’

/ 03:11 AM December 11, 2018

San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor David J. Canepa, (left), awards the Certificate of Commendation to Alegre Home Care CEO, Charles E. Symes, II (Right) for its “commitment to providing high quality home care needs to individuals and families in San Mateo County” during the company’s 25th Year Anniversary and Christmas Holiday Party celebration held in South San Francisco, California on Dec. 5. CONTRIBUTED

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, California— District 5 Supervisor David J. Canepa commended Alegre Home Care, on its 25th  Anniversary and Christmas Party on Dec. 5 for helping shape the landscape of the home care industry by providing the utmost quality care to seniors and physically challenged individuals in and around the San Mateo County.

“Alegre Home Care’s commitment to providing high quality home care needs to individuals and families in San Mateo County is greatly appreciated,” Canepa said, handing a Certificate of Commendation to CEO Charles E. Symes II.


Canepa thanked at Alegre’s more than 200 workers, “who dedicate their time for being attentive caregivers,“ as the former Daly City Mayor, wished everyone to “have  happy holiday season.”

Behind the frontlines are the managers and staff of Alegre Home Care, who have been working round-the-clock to ensure that quality care is met for each client as Symes recognizes each employee’s roles and merits. CONTRIBUTED

“This is such an honor,” Symes said, “thank you everyone who made this night a milestone to remember.”


With eight offices in the Bay Area, Alegre Home Care has around 430 caregivers helping families cope with the activities of daily living, as well as the challenges that go with specific disabilities of the elderly population.

Alegre Home Care is one of the few LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender) companies serving a diverse population in the country.

Charles E. Symes II, CEO of Alegre Home Care, plays a 30-minute set of holiday tunes with his saxophone to the delight of the caregivers and their families during the Christmas Holiday Party.CONTRIBUTED

The companygave special recognition to James Penalacia, for a very well-crafted website and design, without which all the online tools and marketing materials and paraphernalia will not be realized.

Symes also recognized the exemplary services of home care aides (HCAs) who, for decades, have showcased honesty, reliability and dedication at work— Alma  Pecaoco (Employee of the Year- 18 years); Veronica Amoyen (20 years); Graciela Briones (23 years); Beatrice Clark (21 years); Antonia Jee (17 years); Maria Lacayo (19 years); Arnold Lazaro (20 years); Catherine Manio (22 years); Brian Novak-McSweeney (21 years); Coronacion Pico (16 years); Vilma Santo (19 years); Lean Tempongko (16 years); plus a host of other ‘ unsung heroes ‘ who currently help curb the caregiving industry in Northern California.

Charles E. Symes II, Alegre Home Care CEO, congratulates each of the caregivers who have been serving San Mateo and San Francisco County families for 25 years. CONTRIBUTED

Symes has credited his managers and staff for working round-the-clock to ensure that the daily grind of services are met— Armida Calixto- Human Resources Director, San Francisco, with Ros Faugier- Care Manager; Rosa Torres- Care Manager; Marie Joson- Service Manager; Katie Haworth-Finance Director; Joanne Foy- Marketing Director; Gwen Chambers-Service Coordinator-Oakland; and, Siemara De Leon-Finance Clerk.

For the South Bay Team, covering the San Mateo and San Jose counties, Symes recognized the longtime service of Linda Harrison, Compliance and Risk Management Manager (over 20 years) as he extolled the efforts contributed by Rose Garcia-Paquette,Service Coordinator (Recruitment) and Sofia Swain-Campos, Service Coordinator (Scheduler), for running the gamut of tasks at hand.

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TAGS: Aging, Alegre Home Care, business, CEO Charles E. Symes II, District 5 Supervisor David J. Canepa, home care services, Home Health Care, Rose Garcia-Paquette
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