Our Mission is to serve those we are fortunate to care for, with the highest level of honor, service and compassion.

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Honoring Those We Serve – a reflection of our core values

One day while doing home visits I saw from my car an elderly gentleman in his wheelchair, wheeling himself down the road with groceries tied to the back of his wheelchair. I picked him up, and found out the grocery store was three miles away from his home, across the bridge and over a hill. I introduced myself and the agency and took this opportunity to ask him if he would be interested in applying for services. He eagerly replied yes!

We helped him apply that day. When we arrived for the intake, his home was a small, wooden house with no electricity, no phone, no cooling (A/C), a makeshift ramp for his wheelchair and his door was a salvaged old, wooden door with a rusty wire for closure. He only had water and a wood stove for cooking and heating. He said he had been without electricity for two or more years. This elderly man was so thankful and happy we were there to help him apply for services and to see what we could do for him with the resources in the community.

His application was approved that following December. We assigned a PCA the same day. Our PCA helped the client get his home cleaned and organized. We wrote letters to the District Council and other various tribal agencies to assist the client. Upon receipt of the letters, the client’s electricity was turned on. He received a brand new door with a key lock, a new electrical circuit breaker, a new home phone, and new ramp for his wheelchair. His bathroom was remodeled for wheelchair accessibility, and he received additional home repairs and cable TV. Our office staff enjoyed setting up his trash service, too.

He was very appreciative and happy for our assistance. We really enjoyed helping this client go from having limited resources to obtaining a comfortable life. We are always happy to see him and to see the joy in his eyes, and the smile on his face is priceless! Helping him was an Honor and Gift to us.

-San Carlos, Arizona Staff

Honoring Those We Serve is our motto that is not taken lightly here at Circle of Life, KOLA, and Soaring Eagles offices. I believe that each and every employee has done something to Honor the clients we serve.

With just three hours per week on weekends and limited resources, a widowed and disabled elderly woman rarely leaves the safety of her home and companionship of her two, long-time Labrador dogs. When family or neighbors are unavailable to do shopping for her, she will call the office and ask a staff employee to do her shopping. At the end of the day, this employee will set aside her time to help this client with her personal shopping. When questioned why she doesn’t do the shopping on paid time, our employee said she is always Honored to help the client where she can, and the best part is visiting with her and listening to the many stories she has to share. It is the smallest courtesy that can make a difference, our employee said, not only in your life but also in the life of others. I am not only honoring her by running her errands and helping her out. She is also Honoring me. I am Honored that clients feel comfortable and are calling for help.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to transform lives and communities.
We are honored to serve and to do so, with love and respect.

Mii go wiidokawangidwaa Anishinaabe ji-mino-bimaadiziwin

Background and Story

On June 14, 2018, our Founder & President, Pat passed away from an unexpected illness.

The shock of her sudden passing will reverberate forever. Pat was simply beautiful, and her magical touch remains etched in our hearts. We miss Pat deeply and cherish her legacy.  As Chief Seattle said, “There is no death, only a change of worlds.”

The circle of life continues, for it is life itself. In many ways, our journey is only starting, and we will carry Pat every step of the way and make her dreams come true!

Patricia (Pat) Yager

Founder/Owner & President

Boozhoo. My name is Patricia Yager and I am the Founder & President of Circle of Life Home Care Anishinaabe (COLHCA) and our related companies serving multiple Indian reservations in several states. Please allow me to share my journey with you. Since its inception, our company has been much more than a job and more than just a career. It is the accumulation of all the steps, experiences, and even compromises I ever made in life. The result is the opportunity to “Honor and Serve” all those I had the privilege to work with.

I have lived both on and off the reservation and am intimately familiar with native communities. I know the rules, spoken and unspoken and I respect them. On the reservations, I experienced firsthand the severe health issues ravaging our people and communities. The health problems were both easy to notice and hard to avoid. It was clear to me that Native people were not receiving home care services that were culturally appropriate. I knew that was something I could change.

I decided it was my responsibility to help make a change within my own community. While I knew our health issues were severe, I just did not realize the extent. This company has progressed only because of our great need. Truth be told, health related issues within the Native American community were, and still are, devastating. For example Indian people are seven times more likely than any other populace in the United States to have something major go wrong with their health. In addition, we have a rate three times the national average for suicide. I have traveled from reservation to reservation and found the same issues everywhere.

I began with nothing in my pocket and worked in Minneapolis for six months before expanding to Cass Lake where I leased an office in the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe building. When people would ask me for a business card I would take out a matchbook from my purse and jot down my personal cell phone number. It quickly became known in Indian country that my business card was a matchbook! It was difficult at first but I took baby steps. As a matter of fact, I take baby steps even to this day and it’s the only way I don’t get overwhelmed when I wake up each morning.

Expansion was not on my mind, but at that point I acknowledged my responsibility as an Indian person, and felt an urge to follow my vision. I realized I’d had a vision for twenty years to serve my people in the best way possible: to help combat the devastation of diseases and health issues in our communities. A year later, I found myself in Gallup, New Mexico and through a series of coincidences we began to serve the Navajo Reservation. Today, we have several other offices in the region in Arizona and New Mexico and are serving the Navajo, Apache, Zuni and Hopi tribes and other reservations as well.

For me, it is essential to work with people that know the community and culture. I alone cannot fulfill the great need of Indian health care. Communities must work within themselves to provide the best care for their people. There are many places where we have been that are without Native American nursing homes or group homes run by Native Americans. It is important that we help ourselves.

Our mission, “to honor and serve” our own people, brings self-esteem to our care givers and our clients.

Miigwech for allowing me to take you on my journey into Indian Country.

Pat Yager