Lucia Salazar de Robelo’s family history may read like a screenplay but it’s far from it; it’s 100-percent real and it has shaped her into the person she is today. And that person she is today is taking the next step in an already impressive career path by opening Synergy HomeCare at 6855 SW 81st St.– the first of 25 Florida offices the company plans to open over the next three years.
Lucia grew up in Nicaragua but after the revolution in 1979, her father – a coffee grower who organized other farmers against the Sandinistas – sent her, her mother and three siblings to the U.S. for protection. Their temporary relocation quickly turned permanent: Lucia’s father was killed within months and the Sandinistas expropriated the family’s farm, money and even the children’s toys and dog, forcing the family to band together in the U.S. to make ends meet. Lucia met and married a fellow Nicaraguan, Jorge Robelo, and though the pair built a comfortable life in the U.S. – Jorge worked his way up from a sales position at The Home Depot to design the register system the company still utilizes today – they felt a responsibility to return to their home country.
When they returned to Nicaragua in 1994, the Robelos were met with economic depression but invested their resources to bring about change and hope. They started a mail-order company which grew to over 150 employees, launched the third Internet provider in the country and opened a furniture store before Lucia was recruited to establish ProNicaragua, an organization promoting foreign investment in Nicaraguan companies. Her work with ProNicaragua impressed many, including President Enrique Bolanos who asked Lucia to become the country’s Minister of Tourism – a position she held until 2008 when the Robelos decided to move back to the U.S. to pursue a new venture and help a new sector of individuals with Synergy HomeCare.
“Having worked in so many different fields over the years, we wanted to continue our commitment to helping others while controlling our own destinies and found Synergy to be the perfect combination,” said Lucia. 42. “South Florida continues to be an attractive destination for people of many ages and backgrounds and the need for this type of service is only going to increase as time goes on. Jorge and I are looking forward to being a part of this growing industry and creating lasting relationships with our clients.”
Founded in 2002 by Peter Tourian, Gilbert, Ariz.-based Synergy HomeCare provides high-quality, non-medical home care to people in their homes. Potential clients can call any time of the day or night to request a caregiver and Synergy HomeCare responds.Unlike other home care providers Synergy HomeCare does not limit its services to seniors and provides high-quality, non-medical home care to people of all ages in the comfort of their own homes. Caregivers are available on an hourly, daily, weekly or 24/7 basis, 365 days per year to seniors, the convalescing, adults injured on the job, those recovering from injuries, the disabled and anyone who needs help with daily activities. Though their existing coverage area – which includes Dade and Collier counties – is quite large, the Robelos hope to expand their territory further within the next year while still providing all clients with the individual attention Synergy is known for.
“It’s difficult for many people to find the time to balance their own personal needs and the needs of someone else; what Synergy offers is unparalleled care exactly when it’s needed most,” said Lucia. “It’s our goal to make Synergy the provider that comes to mind when care is needed. Our standards are extremely high and we’ll do whatever it takes to match every client with a caregiver that will not only meet but exceed their expectations.”