Welcome to Humans of JF&CS! Periodically, we will be featuring different staff members to highlight the amazing work they do.
Behind our 40-plus programs are compassionate, committed and dedicated staff who care deeply about our mission and our agency. With this broad range of programs comes a team of staff members with diverse interests, passions and skills, who all share a deep commitment to building a strong foundation of well-being and resilience for our clients. We hope these staff spotlights give you a taste of the incredible individuals behind our services and a sense of the deep compassion and dedication they bring every day.
I’m the assistant manager of the CHAI Works Day Program, which is our community-based program for adults with developmental disabilities. I came to JF&CS about four years ago through the recommendation of John Wills, the director of Employment Services.
I take care of all the scheduling for our 12 staff members and 55 participants, so who goes where, when and what they’re doing. I make sure the programming runs efficiently and the participants are engaged in what they’re doing every day, whether it’s groups about social skills, life skills or other fun groups and activities. We’re always trying new things and looking at how we can improve the program. We tend to try new things a lot, so we get the chance to see what’s working and what’s not. We recently started accepting volunteers into the program for the first time in years, which is really exciting.
I love my job and getting to interact with the people here, whether it’s staff or our participants. It’s never a chore to come into work and I get to see participants be successful with the goals they set for themselves. Seeing daily successes, big or small, makes my job worth it. Goals look different for everyone, and it’s great seeing people make progress every day.
JF&CS Day Programming and Employment Services create meaningful and fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities to lead productive and integrated lives in their communities and increase their feelings of self-worth and confidence. For more information, visit us online or call 781-647-5327.
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