“I work for Union County’s mental health organization (CHD), with the Developmental Disabilities team. My job as Services Coordinator for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is to present the service options, coordinate with providers, and ensure the individuals’ health and safety in that process. At EOU I completed a capstone with CHD, and that experience was instrumental to getting hired in Baker County, then later with CHD. I use knowledge and skills from my Anth/Soc classes every day in my job. Empathy is key to social work. Being able to understand people and where they are coming from is key in supporting them successfully the way they want to be supported. The capstone allowed me to explore options, and acquire marketable skills.”
Baker City, Ore.