“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to stay in this age group and I think it gives me a lot of perspective on the positions and the challenges of each one in this home because I’ve been there, in the trenches as a youth care worker, I’ve been able to know what it’s like to be a day coordinator and then to supervise on different levels as well,” she said.
As the program manager, Linda oversees the daily operations of Seton Home, making sure that the needs of both our kids and their families are being met, supporting coworkers so that they can do their jobs to the best of their abilities, and making sure that everything is getting done in general.
“Just making sure that things are done, that deadlines are being met, that everyone is being held accountable to our Agency expectations and standards on a daily basis while providing great care to our kids,” she explained.
And while you may assume that after 20 years working with the same age group it might get old for her, you would be mistaken.
“There’s never a dull moment with the younger ones,” she said. “They keep you on your toes at all times and you know, I have to say after 20 years, there’s always something new, they bring me new things I’ve never heard of before, you know nowadays, all the dances and new sayings, I’m always learning something new.”
Surviving the middle school years is a challenge for anyone, but for the kids at Mercy Home who have experienced trauma, there can be extra challenges.
“You deal with the normal, who am I, what do I want to be, what kind of person am I trying to be, and throwing trauma on top of that just creates a whole lotta challenge, but it’s really great when you see it click for them,” Linda explained.
“It’s fun, it’s fun to watch the growth and kind of see the pains of being in the early teenage years and how most of us hated [those] years and just kind of helping them learn they’ll get through it is, I think, really rewarding for me.”