How did you first learn about and begin working with The Avery Center?
The Matthews House introduced me to Megan when I was having trouble finding employment in 2017 and I was able to be part of the Pilot Job Program the following year.
How long have you been with the organization?
I was part of the Job Training Program in January 2018 and started in my role as the Survivor Services Coordinator in September 2019.
What do you think sets The Avery Center apart from other organizations in this sector?
We are survivor lead and walk alongside our clients in their journey. I love how we tailor the help we provide to the individual client!
What's your favorite part/the most fulfilling part of your role?
Working with other Survivors as both our clients and my co-workers. The strong female presence of other professional Survivors that we collaborate with has been amazing to experience.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not at The Avery Center?
Hiking, camping, swimming, reading, writing and playing with makeup! I'm a married mother of three, and am back in school to get my degree in sociology.
Who is someone you admire, and why?
Besides our co-founder Megan...Our clients on a collective! I admire our clients' perseverance and determination to try something new and step out of comfort zones. They show the world against all odds what they can accomplish and become!
Megan has shown me that your past doesn't have to define you, and that you can be just as strong and powerful of a professional woman as the next, if not more so! She has taught me how to walk in a room with my head held high and own my past, instead of hiding from it. Before Megan and The Avery Center I was ashamed at what I experienced. Now I wear the title of Survivor proudly!
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
Horses! I've broken a wild horse, have won ribbons in contests, and ridden in parades. I also crochet and write!
What advice would you give someone who wants to join the Avery team of superstars?
Hang on to your seat its gonna be a bumpy ride but a great one!!!
To my fellow Survivors: be yourself, dive deep, and the sky is the limit. And to everyone else, what survivors have gone through does not define us or make us weak. If anything, it makes us stronger! Treat each survivor, whether employee or client, with that respect and you will get it back tenfold!
Right now my favorite book is The Body Keeps The Score
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Megan has shown me that your past doesn't have to define you...now I wear the title of Survivor proudly!
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