Life Skills Coach
Goretti serves as a Life Skills Coach at the Grugan Center. As a Life Skills Coach, she works with individuals to achieve goals and to acquire skills that help build self-confidence and independence. Most rewarding part of her job? “The excitement I feel when I see the individuals’ faces in the morning. They each have their own unique way of greeting me and connecting with me.” Although she had never worked professionally with individuals with disabilities beforeshe accepted the job at the Charles River Center, she spent a lot of time advocating for her disabled nephew, back in her native country of Haiti. She feels like that experience helped prepare her for the job she has been at for the past seven years.
For Goretti, it is immensely satisfying to help our persons served in any way she can, and she has made it a point to keep expanding her knowledge and to acquire new skills. She took a CNA course and completed all the coursework for MAP certification. This training has served her well – she was recently recognized for her response to a choking incident in one of our Day Programs. She acted quickly and professionally, performing the Heimlich Maneuver, thereby averting a potentially more serious medical situation.
Outside work, Goretti enjoys going out with her two children, aged 9 and 4. She is an avid reader and an accomplished seamstress. She especially enjoys doing sewing projects with her young daughter.
Thank you, Goretti, for your energy and enthusiasm. You bring so much to Charles River, and we appreciate your passion for improving the lives of the individuals we serve.