I have a love of children and I’ve always worked with youth. In my professional life and my personal life I’ve always been around children - back in Sierra Leone I was very active working with disadvantaged youth and the individuals who we support at CSS fall into the category of some way disadvantaged. My experience before CSS ranged from people who were non verbal to those who were high functional and everything in between. No two people are the same, that’s why they call it a spectrum and that has always interested me how we all fall into the spectrum of existence.
If someone is considering a job in this field, they have to have a love for the clientele, this category for disadvantaged people - yes the job comes with money but a critical part of the work is having that love and wanting to make a difference. You have to want to make a difference in the lives of the people we support in any way that you can. If you don’t have that kind of feeling this is not the place for you. It can be very challenging at times. That passion is what drives you to keep doing it even through the most difficult days.