I have been with the agency for almost 10 years now, since 2003. I was hired by one of RiseBoro's Senior Centers as a part-time bookkeeper and 3 months later I was promoted to Assistant Director. I then moved to the RiseBoro Community Empowerment Center's HomeBase homelessness prevention program, where I've played several roles, serving as a Senior Case Manager and a Supervisor, helping families avoid homelessness, and also working with families residing in shelter to get them relocated. I am currently Assistant Program Director of the Brownsville HomeBase program.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Most challenging?
I love seeing the joy and satisfaction on the faces of the families that our team helps to succeed in several areas of their lives. Although we are a housing program whose main role is preventing homelessness, we are a multi-faceted program that works holistically to address all areas of the family's life. The most challenging part of my job is trying to get clients to believe in themselves and to know that no matter what has happened in their lives before coming to HomeBase, things can get better if they are honest and accept the guidance of the program.
How did you end up in this field? Why do you do this work?
I worked in the financial industry for several years, but I became dissatisfied with the work I was doing. I started job searching and was hired by RiseBoro. I love the work that I do helping others and making a difference in family's lives. I'm very happy that I found a home at RiseBoro.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to still be impacting lives, motivating people, helping individuals to increase self-esteem, and just making families happy.
What do you like most about working for RiseBoro?
The agency is family-oriented, cares about the staff, and is dedicated to community enrichment.
What 3 words would you use to describe the staff at RiseBoro?
Passionate, empowering, and fun.
What do you like most about your community?
The diversity. Brooklyn is home.
Tell us something unusual, unique, or surprising about you?
My hobby is designing clothes. Although I cannot draw, I am able to look at a style and create it to my satisfaction without using a pattern. I am also a great cook. Jerk chicken and rice with peas are just two of my specialties.