1) How long have you been with United Ministries?
A little over 11 years. 1 of those as an employment counselor, and 10 as the Employment Readiness Program Manager
2) What’s been the biggest reward for you in working with United Ministries?
Knowing that our agency is making a real and significant difference in our community, on both a smaller, individual scale and a larger, systems-level scale.
3) What’s been the biggest challenge?
Informing Greenville residents, as well as local and state representatives, of why the many challenges of poverty exist and intersect as they do, and knowing how far we still have to go to with advocacy to create necessary systems-level change.
4) Why United Ministries?
I love the emphasis the agency places on building relationships with participants and treating each participant with respect. I love having coworkers who are like family to me. Most of all, I love the agency’s constant assessment of its program offerings, the creativity used when solving an issue after its identification, and the evolution of our services. We do all of this in an effort to best meet the needs of our participants and address the current issues in our community.
5) Why should others care about United Ministries and the work done here?
United Ministries takes a unique and successful approach to addressing the needs in our community. Through our integrated service model, we are able not simply to help someone find a job, work towards a GED, or pay rent, but we are able to help participants recognize their strengths and overcome all of their challenges so that financial stability can become a reality.