Leite, president and CEO of M. Quinn Designs, incorporates faith into each
plan. One of the services she provides, Pack-N-Move, helps seniors make the
best decisions for their future.
It can mean
downsizing, packing and moving, or aging in place. The company handles all
aspects of moving, including helping design the new space, coordinating the
arrangement of utilities and setting up all the belongings at the new home. For
those who choose to age in place, it means renovating and lighting work.
Those 65 and
older are a growing population. According to the Administration on Aging
website, that population numbered 46.2 million in 2014 and by 2060 there will
be nearly 98 million.
a parishioner of Queen of Apostles Church in Alexandria, dedicated her business
to Christ the King 15 years ago. She brings God into the decisions from the
prayerfully sit down with the family and see what’s best,” Quinn Leite said.
“We ask the Lord to guide us on what should be done.”
could be downsizing and relocating or remodeling the current residence to fit
the clients’ needs. Quinn Leite and her husband, Michael, specialize in
lighting for senior eyes for those who want to stay in their homes. They
coordinate the installation of grab bars, stair lifts, elevators and ramps, as
the Lord has brought the right clients and staff to her business.
“There is no
accident in the Lord’s work,” she said. “He brings the right people in.”
Said, a parishioner of Queen of Apostles, is a client who ended up becoming a
friend. Said lost her husband in December 2015, the same day she scheduled her
hip replacement surgery. While still dealing with the grief of losing her
husband, Said went ahead with her hip surgery.
a crisis when you become a widow,” said Said. She knew of Quinn Leite’s work
and asked her for help selling a dining room set. After that, Quinn Leite
talked with Said about helping her age in place. Working on the renovation and
downsizing of her home helped Said combat her grief.
wallow in loneliness, or feel so bad about giving away possessions. The house
is rearranged to the kind of lifestyle I have now,” she said.
“I was amazed
right away with her knowledge,” said Said. “The main project was the bathroom
area, changing the tub to a shower and installing bars.” The project also
included other interior and exterior work allowing Said to stay in her home.
Quinn Leite helped transform the basement into a flexible space for a
dominate my view point on things and was careful to see what my style is and
incorporate my wishes,” Said said. “We became a team.”
One aspect of
transitioning the elderly includes downsizing. Quinn Leite sees it as an
opportunity to keep the memories and change their focus.
aren’t focused on stuff we can focus on the Lord,” she said.
Once a client
is settled, Quinn Leite said they continue the relationship through design concierge
As she works
on a master’s in theology from Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom
College in Alexandria, Quinn Leite integrates her religious foundation into her
her business as a little company with a big mission.
beautiful to be able to faithfully work with a client and trust in the Lord for
the right solutions,” she said. “The most important thing is the Lord is the
marketing person. I’m His co-pilot in this business.”
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