This month marks FOUR years working at Help Me Grow. That is just crazy to me!
Here are a few highlights over my 4 years:
- I began as an intern in Nov of 2006 and interviewed for the job the following February. I bought “adult” clothes for my interview but didn’t have matching heels and had to borrow some that were a size too big. (I wore chunky wool socks… classy.)
- My first 6 months on the job I barely knew ANYTHING about child development. My moms would ask me easy questions like “when do babies usually crawl?” and I would just say “I’m going to have to get back to you on that.” Sorry early clients.
- I was also super shy in the beginning.
- We moved offices and I got to know some folks better:) I met my sweet friend Christine who was pregnant at the time… And literally wore a light blue perfect tee, gauchos and black flip-flops every day the 3rd trimester (okay maybe not, but every time she talks about being pregnant that’s the memory that pops into my head.)
- I made some friends. We went out for Mexican and had Target/Starbucks dates.
- I started knowing what the heck I was doing and grew a passion for at-risk families in poverty and young moms.
- I became a car seat tech.
- I worked hard and built up my caseload- to our max 40.
- Then to our new max 45.
- We had a rough patch- budget cuts, threats of job loss…yuck… Let’s not remember that please. My husband and I seriously discussed me quitting and working at Starbucks more than a few times:)
- I got less at risk families (which I preferred) and more Part C families which is much more service coordination and scheduling – and although I fought it for 2 years, I finally had to learn how to do Part C to Part B transition:)
- BIG agency changes- we got a new director (yay!) and begin being treated like adults. I was VERY glad I stuck it out.
- We moved offices again.
- I built up my caseload to our new max 50.
- I felt much more equipped to do my job well and help families.
- I took over the car seat program for our county.
- I hit my 3 years and over the next 6 months had a few children that turned 3 – these were families I had worked with for years and it was really hard to lose them.
- Then I built up my caseload to our new max 55, with many Part C families.
- I was asked to be one of the three home visitors to help start up Every Child Succeeds in our program- a more intensive home visiting program with first time moms who are pregnant or have young babies.
- After much deliberation I said yes.
- The transition was CHAOS and to be honest- I’ve worked the hardest I ever have in the past 8 months… But I’m loving what I’m doing now. It’s such a unique opportunity to work with 1st time moms- especially during pregnancy or right after their child is born.They are SO teachable and open to new information… no bad patterns set and I get to see them much more so I can actually help them!! AND not to mention my caseload has decreased from 55 to 35-40 clients. YAY!!!
- I took an infant massage training a few months ago and soon get the opportunity to become a lactation counselor!
I’ve worked at Help Me Grow for roughly 200 weeks, 1000 days or approximately 8,000 hours. WOW. A lot has happened over the last 4 years and I am so thankful for my job and especially that things are going so well right now (even amidst the crazy busyness!) I don’t know how long God has me in my career but I know that no matter how long it is, if He’s calling me there, it is good! I am thankful that even though what I want is very different from His plan for me that He is blessing me richly in this aspect of my life.
4 MORE YEARS!!
(Well… I hope not, but I just couldn’t resist!)