Claudette’s Compassion: #EPU40

Tell me about your EPU story—how did you get here?

About 17 years ago when I was working for Child Protective Services/Department of Social Services as a Social Worker, I met Sandy Calderon as she was a home visitor working with the same family.  The passion she had for her family made me want to be a part of this organization.  I liked the fact that she spent time advocating for the family and really just walking alongside them and supporting them through their journey.  A couple of years later I saw and opening and I applied to be a home visitor.

How long have you been affiliated with EPU?

I have been working for EPU since 2003.

Tell us about your family?

I am married and I have 1 beautiful daughter.

What’s your favorite part about EPU? What’s your favorite EPU memory?

My favorite part about EPU is the philosophy of meeting families where they are on their life journey while being non-judgmental and caring.  I really enjoy working where the people I work with have a passion for what they do! I can’t think of one specific memory, I have thoroughly enjoyed the time that I have worked here.  EPU is a great place to work and I enjoy the staff and the families.

What’s in the cards for your future? What are your plans for EPU and LAP moving forward?

The future is bright;  I want to strive to manage a program where the passion of our work is contagious.  I want to continue seeing our program grow; I am excited about the new venture we will take with the Department of Social Services in collaboration with the Valley Dream Center this summer.  It feels great to be a part of a new vision for families in our community who have come into contact with Child Protective services for some reason or another.  I would like our organization to be part of change and to be able to connect families to much needed resources in an effort to prevent additional CPS involvement.

What has EPU taught you?

EPU has taught me to be vulnerable; transparent and accepting and to model this for families so that they know that they aren’t alone and that there is hope for their future!