A Little About Me: I am a pretty simple person. I do not have any children, but I do have a new puppy that is keeping me on my toes. I have 7 nieces and nephews that are now starting to have children of their own, so I am able to spend a lot of time continuing my reign as now, the best “great” aunt out there! I have worked in this field my entire adult working career. My career started, working Direct Care at New Hope Village in Carroll, Iowa. I worked there for 4 years, I was then was offered a position in Atlantic at CASS Incorporated in 1998, as a Service Coordinator. I took that job thinking that I would do it for a couple of years and then move on, almost 22 years later, I am still here! I don’t think I could do anything different.
Fun Fact: When I was a young girl my dream job was to be a dolphin trainer. I have had the opportunity to swim with dolphins in Mexico, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
What I like most about working at Crossroads: Feeling like I have a sense of purpose and that we have made a difference in someone’s life. Last week I ran into a client that we use to serve years ago. She pulled me aside and told me that she has been at Fareway now for 6 years on her own! She had a huge smile on her face and then gave me a huge hug and said, “I didn’t ever think this would happen! Thanks for helping me Jen!” That is what it is all about!
What is it about our mission that inspires you? I want to be able to continuously strive to enrich our clients lives and make sure they have every opportunity to do what they want to do, just like you and I.
Weirdest/most unique job you have ever had? I don’t think I have ever held a weird job. In High School I was a maid at a hotel in my home town. Pretty boring job, but I did find a lot of interesting things left behind!
What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to be outside, well when it is warm. I love to work in my yard, take the dog for long walks, and just sit and enjoy the warmth and the humidity of Iowa summers.Your most favorite quote? "If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it."