My diverse work history helps me to see how organizations and community can work together to provide more opportunities for students and families, especially those who live in high poverty areas. I have had success in the past working in collaborative partnerships to see a need and work to meet it. For example, in 2001, while working at the Department of Family and Children Services, two of my co-workers and myself began a project to start a child advocacy center. Through a lot of collaboration with many partners in our community, the Pataula Center for Children began providing services to victims of child sexual abuse. Today the center is vital part of the Pataula Judicial Circuit and has served many children through the years. Another example is the work of the homeless committee. In 2017, as Homeless Liaison, I realized Early County was seeing an increase in the number of students identified as homeless. Working with the Family Connection Collaborative, we brought organizations and individuals together to plan a strategy to address the needs of homeless students and families in our communities. Many resources came to light and also programs stated to help families in these situations such as Neighbor to Neighbor, a program started by C Hope MInistries in Blakely. Another outcome was a housing committee that continues to work to improve housing in Blakely. They have been approved for Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and are working towards a plan to increase housing. I point to both of these examples as not something that I did alone, but to show the power of collaboration and how working together gets things done.
During my tenor as Family Engagement Coordinator, I have been a liaison between the school system and families in our community. I have worn multiple hats in addition to being Family Engagement Coordinator such as: Foster Care point of contact, Migrant Coordinator, Homeless Liaison, Communications, Public Relations. I have worked many different projects to benefit families and our community while serving the Early County School System. For example, I have served on several community boards and our Family Connection Collaborative. Working in these groups helps build relationships and trust between the school system and community organizations that allow for collaboration to improve our community and school to better serve our students and their families.
As a Licensed Master Social Worker with Hospice, I worked with patients and families to navigate the issues that come with end of life care.
During my service in Child Protective Services I provided the following:
As an Eligibility Worker, I was able to work with families living in the crisis of poverty.
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