At Interstates, we pride ourselves on our family-like environment where employees and families come first. I have experienced this firsthand. During my time as a Purchasing Assistant at Interstates, my team members have continually shown me warmth and generosity. The family-focused culture at Interstates was most apparent to me at a particular moment several years ago.
In the early months of 2013, my then nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Burkitt’s Lymphoma. My family’s world was turned upside down. After her diagnosis, we spent a lot of time at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, which meant I was often away from work. My wonderful co-workers, who supported me in a variety of ways, alleviated the added stress of being absent. A group of them set up a meal schedule and took turns bringing my family food. Some helped care for my other children when we were away from home. Others donated their own personal vacation time to me so I would not have additional financial worries. Due to their generosity, I did not miss a single paycheck during the time my daughter was in treatment. My work obligations were taken care of without complaint and many colleagues took the time to visit us in the hospital, usually with a special gift for my daughter. One co-worker even set us up with a laptop and Netflix in the hospital.
I was truly overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity I received from Interstates. These incredible people made a very tough time so much easier. I am eternally grateful for their support during that time in my life. Today, my daughter is healthy and living her life to the fullest. However, we will never forget the way Interstates took care of us when we needed it most. Interstates is much more than just a place to work; it’s a family. I believe this family-like environment Interstates has cultivated over the years is rare. The company built this environment by putting employees and their families first. For me, it’s comforting to know I am among people who truly care about me and my family.
If you’re searching for a career that’s built to last, look no further than one that will put your family’s needs first. I invite you to learn about our unique company culture and career paths and become part of our family. Let’s Build.
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Cindy Keizer, Interstates Purchasing Assistant