Freedom Valley Disability Enablement, Inc.

Empowering People with Disabilities to Empower Themselves

I came to Freedom Valley in 2006, as an intern from West Chester University’s Social Work program. After completing the internship I was offered a full-time position as an Independent Living Specialist. I knew since I was a little girl that I wanted to work with people with disabilities.

At the “Partners Program” at Souderton Area High School, I mentored and help fellow students who were in the special education classes

At Montgomery County Community College, I worked as a Family Support Aide for Indian Creek Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,  At

Souderton Mennonite Home, I was companion to residents with dementia. I also worked as a nanny to a family of 5 children, one of whom has cerebral palsy.

Like most of the employees, I take on many roles at Freedom Valley. Starting as Independent Living Specialist, I was responsible for creating goal plans with consumers and providing IL skills training to consumers in home and community settings. My title then changed to Program Coordinator, and I am  presently working to assist the Executive Director with the development, implementation, oversight and evaluation of core services programs.

 

In January 2008, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy little boy named, Hunter. With the demands of motherhood and the ongoing budget cutbacks, I now work only part-time at Freedom Valley.

 

In June 2009, my mother passed away, only 6 short weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Those 6 weeks were like  a “rollercoaster ride” everything happened so fast, I felt like I was in the twilight zone. It was the hardest and scariest experience of my life, watching my mom, who was also my best friend and my rock, deteriorating right in front of my eyes. I have two younger sisters, and we really pulled together during the 6 week nightmare, taking turns driving Mom to Fox Chase, 5 days a week for treatments. If one of us wasn’t able to make it to a Dr. appointment, we would tape record it, so we could all be equally informed of what was going on. She was so sick, yet so strong. She didn’t want to wake up every day knowing that she was terminal, so we didn’t talk much about it with her, and tried so hard to make the best of each day we had with her. My mom is my guardian angel, and is in a better place now. I am so happy that she got to see me become a mom and she was the best grandmother to Hunter. I only hope that I can be half as good of mother to him as she was to my sisters and I. This experience has taught me not to take life for granted and to try to make the best of the short time we are here, by learning from it and sharing what we have learned with whoever will listen.”

 

My other interests include: the beach, gardening, interior design, astrology, rainbows, dancing and spending time with loved ones. Two of my favorite quotes are: “There must be a storm before a rainbow” and “We can do no great things-only small things with great love.”

Freedom Valley Disability Enablement, Inc.

Empowering People with Disabilities to Empower Themselves