(July News) Kesia is entering her second month of work as a Client Advocate in the Room One One-Stop Support Center, we're so excited she is part of Room One. More about Kesia:
What drew you to want to work at Room One? Room One was a resource I was able to utilize during my first summer in the Methow Valley 6 years ago. After experiencing the sense of ease that comes from feeling supported with something that seems complex or unobtainable, I realized this was one of the most important resources available in our community.
In a conversation this last spring, it was mentioned that a Client Advocate position was coming available in the near future. This prompted immediate thoughts of a potential opportunity to fulfill the need to be of service to my community. Having worked as a First Responder in my hometown prior to making my journey to the Pacific Northwest, I felt I had been lacking that sense of contribution beyond my own needs and feeling connected in our community. I am honored to be part of an astonishing and dedicated group.
What has stood out to you so far about your work here? The resilience and determination that is visible throughout our organization is impressive. The ability to come together, brainstorm, and come up with a variety of resolutions for all that emerges in the needs of our community is consistent. The variety of strengths within this group has been not only empowering but also inviting to being able to learn and feel confident in making the choice to want to be part of this group. I feel that there is much more to come in what we provide here at Room One and as a result our community will be much stronger.
What do you do for fun when not at work? I’ve been teaching myself to play guitar for a few years now and working on personal growth with reading (or listening to) more books. Also, spending time with friends and being active again! After having to be idle recently due to an injury, I’ve been challenging myself to push harder and gain endurance, working on hiking as much as possible. Getting back to playing outside has been really refreshing.
What stands out from you as an important learning as you were growing up? I had great teachers who not only encouraged me academically but also supported my growth athletically and altruistically. The one who immediately comes to mind is my freshman year English teacher Mrs. Czajkowski. When she learned I was afraid of the water, she encouraged me to join the swim team and became my swim coach. As part of being on the swim team we did community service by painting over graffiti and beach cleanups. The feelings of overcoming my fears and being part of a team supporting our community, were so fulfilling they became ingrained and part of the core of who I am. Now as I become part of the community here in the Methow Valley, I look forward to continue to grow and give to the best of my ability.