Crist said she immediately thought of her mother, Marta Kudriczy, a senior living alone with no one close by to check on her well-being.
“Even though I knew I couldn’t do anything about it, I just wanted to do something,” Crist said.
It was in the aftermath of that storm that Crist said she thought long and hard about other seniors like her mother, who may be in need of assistance, not just in times of storm, but during the ordinary ebb and flow of every day life.
“I think that’s what started the thought process,” Crist said. “I guess it’s always been right under my nose and I decided to capitalize on it when I realized I was missing so much.”
Crist left her career at Shaw Industries and in January, launched Odds & Ends, a client services company that caters to seniors as well as pets.
Senior services include transportation, light housekeeping, yard work, light maintenance, meal preparation and errands.
Pet services include bathing, dog walking, pet sitting, feeding and transportation to and from medical appointments. Services are available for dogs, cats, birds, fish, hamsters and other household pets.
Crist said the idea is to provide assistance for those who could benefit from specialized care from an extra set of hands.
“Odds & Ends hopes to fill that need,” Crist said.
Crist said her work though Odds & Ends is meaningful and far more than a job.
“It feels absolutely right, “ Crist said.
Client Judy Frink said Crist’s passion for Odds & Ends is evident in the care she takes with her clients.
“It’s not just a business,” Frink said. “There is such a need in the community for a venture such as this.”
Odds & Ends is available seven days a week by appointment.
Wanda Hicks, who also is a client, said Crist has helped her household tremendously.
“She really helped straighten up my house,” Hicks said. “She is a Godsend.”
Crist said initial client consultations are free and rates are affordable because it’s not so much about turning a profit as it is helping others.
“It’s not about the money,” Crist said. “My primary goal is to help. If at the end of the day I make someone smile, then that’s great.”
Odds & Ends is licensed and insured and is a member of the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce.