J. Claira Flores
Founder, CEO, PCA, and more
Currently we are compiling details on our teammates, and you will be able to find out more about them on this page in the near future.
J. Claira Flores has a long history of public and individual service positions. They started their service as a student senator at UMWestern and have been a volunteer for non-profits for approximately half a decade, including but not limited to a year at the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center.
They began their work in care 7 years ago at the Springs Assisted Living Center. While technically being kitchen staff, Claira was mainly a self-directed employee within the memory care unit. Their previous manager, Michael Richter, expressed that, “Claira exhibits great skill in providing supports to those facing aging related illnesses: compassion, consistency, and going the extra mile to ensure needs are met.” This position aided Claira to become equipped for personal care work.
After resigning from her position at The Springs, she went on to accept a position at Opportunity Resources as a professional care assistant for individuals with disabilities. Beth Taylor Wilson, a supervisor at Opportunity Resources says that, “Claira is a kind compassionate caregiver, with a cheerful and helpful demeanor. She genuinely cares about all her client's well-being.” They have been working with multiple clients for over 2.5 years and continue to work as a part time care attendant while developing Holistic Contentment.
Approximately 4 years ago, Claira began volunteering as a caregiver for Sara Sunshine. After several months, she decided that she wanted to found an inclusive caregiving business with goals for individual and community support. Claira recognizes their personal strengths and areas with opportunities for growth, and therefore has not been afraid to ask for help. Part of this asking includes working on building bridges with others who have further experience in ethical and sustainable business development and administration. Claira looks forward to continuing to manage Holistic Contentment and help the business to grow into a source of enrichment for individuals and community.
Assistant Manager, Caregiver and Homemaker
Aubry Nicholson (she/her)
I’m a mom of two who transplanted here from the D.C. area about a decade ago while pursuing a writing/literature degree. I hope to be an advocate for healing and radical mental health, absolutely due to my experience with PTSD, postpartum issues, and frustration with what can often seem like a one-size-fits-all approach to all sorts of healthcare. I love my little community to shreds and am a self-described cranky nurturer who feels a lot and is learning to deal with that as an adult so my kids don’t have to (thanks attachment therapy!).
My husband, Joseph, and I have two kids- Oliver (8) and Yvonne (5), who are the coolest noodles I know. Nurturing others is important to me. Healing is important to me. Feeling capable is my jam.
My favorite movie is Harold and Maude and I try to watch it at least yearly.
Cooking, knitting, and reading help with my difficult feels and I started taking in houseplants about a year ago, with what I think is a respectable number of casualties.
We have in our residence the fanciest gentlecat around, Mr. Chuck Bass Norris, as well as two Covid kittens: Dr. Shirley Waffles, who is very wide, and Professor Zelda Pancakes, who is very long.
While I did do a spot of time in an assisted living facility years ago, the majority of my work experience has been focused on childcare (both mine and others’) and customer service for a good handful of small local Missoula businesses. Since June, I’ve learned oodles about one-on-one caregiving with a pretty wide variety of clients and I love loving what I do!
When I came across an ad for part time caregiving with Holistic Contentment, I was newly separated and fresh out of a Peer Support training I had been looking forward to for a while, all conveniently set during a global pandemic.
The company didn’t have a spot for me at that time, but when it did, I felt really lucky to not only get paid a living wage to care for others, but to do it in a capacity that fills a niche, serves the community, and really honors self-care for everyone involved!
Healthy boundaries, open communication, my favorite clients (it’s literally all of them), and a straight up kick-butt team are why I choose to stay here- plus they let me put my flexibility and weird problem solving mania to use. Magic!
CNA, Caregiver, Teammate
My name is Seth Hofer.
A little bit about me:
The most important thing in my life is being out in nature.
My favorite quote is: Hold onto what is good, even if it is a handful of dirt. Hold onto what you believe, even if a tree that stands by itself. Hold onto what you must do, even if it is a long way from here.
My favorite sport is baseball.
My favorite hobby is photography.
I have been in the field of caregiving for over ten years. I was called into the field to make a difference in the lives of others.
I am kept in the field by wanting to be a part of and not apart from my community.
I choose to be with Holistic Contentment because I have the opportunity to work with a great team, the company is flexible and client centered.
My caregiving strengths are that I am compassionate, fun loving, dedicated, determined and reliable.
Caregiver, Homemaker, Teammate
I started as a caregiver in 2018. I became a caregiver because I realized I experience a greater degree of personal fulfillment in my life when I am in service to others. I started working for Holistic Contentment in June of 2020.
Holistic Contentment is the first company I've worked for who's morals, values and ethics reflect my own. I appreciate Claira's vision of a compassionate, people centered approach to business. At Holistic Contentment, my autonomy is respected, my perspective is valued and my opinions and ideas are heard. Openness and honesty are highly regarded here.
I am paid a living wage to do work that I love. More people are able to afford our services because Claira chose to offer a sliding fee scale and profits are donated monthly to local charities within the community. All of these are reasons that I choose to work for Holistic Contentment.
As a caregiver, my strengths in working with clients and other teammates include empathy, communication skills, stability, my sense of humor and my passion.
On a personal note, I am an only child with no kids and happily single. I spend a lot of time developing my relationships with my Mom, Dad, Grandma and my friends.
I enjoy music, and recently discovered a love for World Music and Buffy Sainte-Marie, and am learning to play the ukulele. I love to dance. I make art. I practice yoga, meditation and Tai-Chi. About a year ago I became a vegan. I take lots of walks, watch a lot of movies and take road trips to hot springs.
The most important thing for me about life is to fulfill my purpose here on Earth."
Caregiver, Homemaker, Manny, Teammate
Hey! I'm Michael!
Single man, child free
I have a non blood nephew in town who has 2 boys whom I adore. I have a brother in NJ who is married with my real nephew.
I moved to Montana 4 years ago without any regrets.
I love waking up to mountains instead of smog and skyscrapers.
The most important things in life to me are core values: Honesty, Loyalty, Trust, Love. I really LOVE dogs... A LOT!
I enjoy all types of music from bluegrass to hard core rap, I don't discriminate. Music is the energy of the world, the universal language.
I enjoy sci fi movies mostly, but can be interested in comedy and thrillers at times.
I enjoy reading when I can, my favorite all time book is Swiss Family Robinson, which I have an original copy of that book, one of my most prized possessions.
I also enjoy writing and am currently working on "Mike Makes It In Montana", my autobiography.
I've been in this field for about 10 years give or take.
I have experience with Alzheimer's and dementia patients as well as kiddos.
I try to form our common bond with music and then proceed from there. I've always enjoyed caring for others as it gives me a sense of personal satisfaction. When I worked in NJ it was like having 40 sets of grandparents, and I loved that so much.
I chose to work with HoCo because I believe in the same values. The pay is better than most and I think that's great that you believe in your workers to pay us a livable earning. The team has been helpful and amazing. The clients I'm currently working with are sweet and kind. I've already learned so much and I look forward to the summertime potluck picnic. <--Good idea, right?
My strengths are my communication skills, my empathy for others. I'm generally a kind giant and I love it that way.
Shanti is our wonderful mascot.
Shanti embodies many of the things we aim to be and helps us to stay mindful that with patience, thoughtfulness and care we can all be empowered and thrive.