Aubry is a licensed social worker who is a supervisor in Council on Aging’s Molina program. Below she shares some of her thoughts about why she works at COA.
How many years have you worked for COA?
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy being a part of an agency that “gets work done” and shows results. Our town hall meetings always show us how our agency is working in the community and how we have been successful. This gives me a lot of energy to keep doing what I do.
What is your proudest moment during your time at COA?
My proudest moment at COA was when a coworker and I worked together to successfully arrange respite care, transportation, and animal boarding during the same business day when a client and their family had a housing crisis. Many of our clients face complex barriers to receiving the care that they need, especially our clients and their families who have pets and transportation barriers. This was an example of the dedication our team has to problem solving and coming together to serve a client.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job? Why?
The most rewarding part of my job is restoring our community’s faith that they can stay at home while they age, where they truly want to be. Many of our members have been involved with community resources in the past and may have not had positive experiences or this is their first time needing assistance. Either way, every interaction with our clients is an opportunity to show them that they matter and to improve the quality of their life.
Explain how you have grown during your time as a COA employee. What contributed to this growth?
COA has helped me grow as a person, social worker and a leader. COA has provided multiple opportunities to participate in learning and development activities inside and outside of my department. Some of these opportunities include outreach events within the community, and team educator roles. These opportunities allowed me to become a leader in my department and a better worker for our clients.
Why do you continue to work at COA?
I continue to work at COA because I know the mission, I know that I matter to the mission, and I know that our agency works. COA’s innovation to come up with practical solutions to both anticipated and current issues that the community is facing gives me faith that the entire organization deeply cares about the people we serve, and I want to be a part of it
What would you say to encourage someone who is considering working here to apply?
I would tell them to apply! There are many opportunities to grow within the agency, whether you choose to stay in the same department or want to try something new. Our leadership staff is always supportive and provide so many opportunities to impact the community in different ways.