Staff Spotlight: Marisa!
I grew up in Nazareth, PA, a town in Northampton County. I moved to Lancaster County in 2009 to complete my Bachelor’s in Social Work. After graduating, I returned to Nazareth for a year to work for a child welfare agency. I permanently returned to Lancaster in 2013 and began working with adults who have intellectual disabilities before coming to Tabor in the fall of 2017.
How did you get involved with Tabor? What do you do at Tabor?
My friend, who also works for Tabor, told me about the opened position for the SSVF program and after reading about the position, I knew that was the next stepping stone I was looking for in my career. I am the housing case manager for veterans experiencing homelessness, stationed at TLC.
What do you like most about working at Tabor?
I am honored to work with veterans daily to help them gain self-sufficiency with housing. After everything they did by serving our country, it’s the least I can do to show my appreciation to them!
What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?
Seeing the veterans gain back their self-confidence and self-worth after obtaining their housing and financial goals.
What’s one moment that stood out to you?
Seeing a veteran moving around and smiling from ear to ear after having significant health concerns that limited his movement and ability to work for four months. He preserved through the pain and the financial hardship just to find a job the day he was cleared to go back to work! Talk about resiliency!
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life - what would it be?
I would eat at Sprout/Rice and Noodles every day if given the chance. Their Shrimp and Pork spring rolls are to die for!
What’s your favorite book/movie/tv show?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, both the book and the movie. I had to read it in 9th grade and it has been a favorite ever since. The social injustices and advocacy that occur in it are much like what I do as a social worker. Who knew that in 9th grade a book would have so much meaning to me as an adult! There are not a lot of movies that depict a book perfectly but this one does. I own the 50th Special Edition of the movie on DVD and it is watched regularly.
TLC, a program of Tabor, provides short-term interim housing and supportive services for individuals, couples, and families experiencing homelessness, helping them achieve housing stability and self-sufficiency.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) was a program started at TLC in 2013. SSVF's mission is to assist veteran households who are currently experiencing homelessness with rapid re-housing services so they may quickly regain stability in housing, as well as to provide services to those at risk of losing housing to prevent them from entering homelessness. The program operates with a “housing first” philosophy and is fully funded by the US Department of Veteran Affairs through a subcontract with Opportunity House in Reading, PA.