Sheryl recently joined Calvary Women’s Services’ staff as our brand new Case Manager. She works one-on-one with women in our programs to help them set and achieve their goals. We are so happy to have a new addition to the Calvary family, and today on the blog, we’d like to introduce you to her:
1. Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a native Washingtonian who has always had a great desire to help others. For several years I’ve worked in the medical profession and in 2001 I made the decision to take my passion for helping others and change careers, this meant going back to college. I am presently a senior at George Mason University pursing a degree in Administration of Justice and Sociology. I obtained my Associates Degree in Human Services and a Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counselor Certification from NVCC. I am also a Certified Housing Counselor. I’ve worked in the social services arena for the past ten years.
I’ve been afforded the opportunity to work in various capacities (Resident Manager, Residential Counselor, Outreach Worker/Counselor and Case Manager) with homeless and low-income populations at Bread for the City in Washington, DC and at New Hope Housing Inc. and Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (ASPAN) in Northern Virginia.
When I am not working, in school or spending time with my husband and family I enjoy cooking, reading and making my own jewelry.
2. How did you first get involved with Calvary?
When I made the decision to switch careers, I originally went back to school to become a Substance Abuse Counselor, working with women with substance abuse issues had always been my primary focus however; I had never gotten the opportunity to work with this particular population one-on-one. After a brief hiatus, I started looking for full-time employment and ran across the Case Manager’s position Calvary was advertising for and the rest is history… the position fulfilled both of my expectations.
3. What’s your favorite thing about working at Calvary so far?
I would have to say the staff and the clients both have embraced me and made me feel welcomed, appreciated and very much a part of the Calvary team! Thanks 🙂
4. What are you looking forward to about working with the women at Calvary’s programs?
First and foremost, I am looking forward to getting to know the women and building a relationship. Second, I am looking forward to doing some new, exciting and first time activities with the women, which I hope will encourage and promote them with maintaining their recovery.
5. Share a fun fact!
I love making jewelry and recently led a Life Skills Group here at Calvary with the women and we both enjoyed it! At the request of the clients, there will be another jewelry making group on Valentine’s Day.