I am a caseworker with TEAM M25 Homeless Outreach on Cape Cod. Our clientele are primarily the homeless population here who do not come in to use the shelters or get fresh meals. They are the folks who sleep outside year-round by the railroad tracks, cranberry bogs, or in abandoned buildings. I have been working with this population here for over 20 years. I have regular occasion to take some of my people to the Duffy Health Center for medical care. In my two decades of working with these people, I have never met a provider with more compassion blended with clinical skills than Cindy Glista. She treats each of these people—the lowest of the low in our society—as if he or she were a US senator or a resident of Hyannisport. Our clients do not look good, they don’t smell good, and many of them have issues with mental and emotional health, including anger and resentment. They are not all easy to be with. Cindy Glista sees none of these things; she sees the person within. She has inspired me with her magnanimity. She has a heart the size of Montana, and a soul the size of the Andromeda Galaxy.
—Nominated by Daniel McCullough