So when it came time for Ashley to look for a job after graduating college, Mercy Home was a natural fit. And she also knew about our mission because her sister, Couderc Home Program Manager Gewanda Monroe, already was working here.
She was hired when Bernardin Home, the program for our oldest girls, hired overnight staff members for the first time. Though she started as the first weekend overnight coworker in Bernardin, she has since become the senior youth care worker in the home.
Because Bernardin Home doesn’t have coworkers like a milieu supervisor or day coordinator, Ashley takes on much of the work those supervisory roles entail. Her job requires the ability to balance time with the girls with those duties.
“A lot of times the girls are in the office and we’re just chatting in here while I’m doing paperwork so that everybody can have time with me,” she explained.
Ashley particularly enjoys working with the older girls because of the impact she can make on them before they enter the adult world.
“Just the impact that you’re making on them [so they can] say, if I didn’t [live] in Bernardin Home and Ashley wasn’t there, I wouldn’t have been able to do this, or just the satisfaction of [being able] to help them with something in their lives that they can say, I know how to do this because,” she said.
And after six years with the girls in Bernardin Home, Ashley said that even though she sometimes finds it hard to leave work at work, she hasn’t burnt out for one simple reason.