The Women’s Services team is growing!

Women services staff sitting on a couch socializing.

Once just a three-person staff team, two additional team members are now on board to promote stability, skill-building, and connection among CMC’s 22 residents, as well as other women in the community.

Case Managers Lucia McNeal and Hannah Shaffer work directly with women on a weekly basis to identify personal goals and create a plan to achieve them. Goals range from managing physical or mental health to completing education or securing employment to healing personal relationships. “With the addition of Hannah as a Case Manager in our program, we are able to support women in ways that weren’t necessarily possible before. We now have the opportunity to utilize the unique strengths of each Case Manager and pair them up with women that would benefit most from their amazing talents and skillsets”, said Women’s Services Director Jennifer Tibbetts.

Throughout the week, women have access to a number of skill-building and therapeutic group learning opportunities, led by Women’s Services Support Specialist Kristin Bratton. Adrien Pounds is joining the team as a Support Assistant to enhance those connections the women are able to make while receiving our services. Kristin shares that “The women at our center are great at supporting each other in so many ways. Having Adrien on our team will help strengthen that group support by being in their shared environment and making sure that they know this is their home; that this is their CMC family. We are excited to add to our team because it will allow for the groups I lead to focus on healing and skill-building, while Adrien can help facilitate growth and connection in their everyday interactions.”

As safety protocols allow, Jennifer Tibbetts says the growing staff team not only offers more consistent support for residents, but will also be able to offer skill-building opportunities to women in the community who don’t reside at the Center but share similar goals. “The expansion of our staff truly allows us to look at the bigger picture. COVID-19 has exemplified the damage and harm that isolation can cause, and women who already experience that isolation (regardless of COVID) are further pushed into invisibility. It is our duty to help create connections between the women in our community, and not just the women that live here. All women deserve a place that is safe, and that they can call home. We want to make that a reality, and we are excited to work together to do so.”