I will never forget the first time that a stranger asked me who my people were. That’s how most conversations with strangers begin in the small southern town that I am from. I never really knew how to answer that question. I usually listed out my parents or the street I lived on. Friendships develop if your people were their people. I always wanted a better answer.
I did not know I would find my people at Sample Supports. I discovered that during my first week. My data plan ran out and my GPS stopped updating. I had one individual left to pick up for work and no idea when my next turn was coming up. Out of options, I asked the work crew in my car if they knew where to go. An individual in our back seat directed me the final 5 miles of the trip using thumb arrows high enough to be seen safely in my rear view. We didn’t miss a turn.
As a residential coordinator, I see my people each week around the office, community, or in their homes. On good days, I get to eat lunch with them during their work breaks and hash out important conversations about the Bronco’s starting quarterback, what things are worth spending money on, and which movies are or aren’t worth watching. In the home, we’re role playing doctor’s visits to troubleshoot procedures or conversations that might be scary. On stressful days, I’m walking around Olde Town Arvada to figure out where they are taking space after a difficult conversation or peer escalation. I love my work because those moments are opportunities to build skills that advance our clients toward their goals. Our clients work hard to develop meaningful and fulfilling lives for themselves and being there to support them in those moments of need is what this job is all about.
This field is full of uncertainty and challenges but no matter how stressful or unpredictable my day becomes I know I’ll head into the office the next day being warmly welcomed by my people.
Alex Jones - Residential Coordinator