Posted by: JulieAloha | March 1, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 60: Longevity

March 1, 2017

I currently work two jobs, my full-time job is at the Zoo, but I also work two days a week for the Children’s Home Society of Washington as a Supervisor for a computer lab in a complex of Seattle Housing Authority residential apartments.  I just had a strategy session this morning with my director regarding a tech grant we’re implementing and she also brought over a few gifts and certificates in appreciation and celebration of my third year here with CHS.


I’m grateful that this job came along when it did – at the time I was between seasons at the Zoo and running out of options…and money. I was referred by my ex’s mother, with whom I volunteered at the time, and the job was a Godsend. At the beginning I worked primarily as a childcare provider, but the Lab hours began to grow as other attendants left or moved on until I was the only remaining attendant for a time, thus becoming the “Lab Supervisor” by default. When I began to work at the Zoo I prioritized that position as it offered more hours and the possibility for benefits and because I’ve always loved the Zoo, of course, but I stayed with CHS because I felt a need not to let them down and leave them with no one to run this aspect of the program and also because I  feel the program is needed in this neighborhood – I believe in it. Now I’m the Supervisor in truth and, though I sometimes wish I had real weekends, I achieve a great deal of fulfillment knowing what I bring to the team and community. Three years, imagine that!


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