• What do you do as a case manager?
Every day is different. I work with our programs, manage the seasonal distributions, assist with clothing and furniture needs. We operate on a walk-in basis, so I never know what the day is going to bring. As the world changes, our programs change. Our programs are based on community need, so every Salvation
Army offers different programs based on their particular community.
• How did you get in to this work?
I had been attending church at the Salvation Army and heard that the former case manager was retiring. I had never done this kind of work before, but had been a teacher’s aide at school and really enjoyed helping people.
• What do you find the most rewarding about your job?
I love seeing people become more stable … stronger. That’s why I love the Pathway of Hope program. It makes my day when people I’ve helped come back and say, “I don’t need anything – I just came to say “hi.” We were able to offer help when they needed it.
• What advice can you offer others to achieve financial well-being?
Create a budget. Regardless of your income, it’s so important to set a budget. Record your purchases. Track your spending. Ask yourself, “Do I need this? Or want it?” It’s so important.
• What is your favorite food at the holiday table?
Oh I can’t name a favorite! I love the whole meal! More importantly, I love having my family around the table. It’s a time of gathering and enjoying traditions.
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