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Eva Ihienkonye

Eva	Ihienkonye

When I started working for CSS I realized that there’s a lot of people who need help and I feel like this is my mission. This is what I want to do and this is my calling. I’m currently enrolled in school for two majors, Behavior Sciences and Health Administration. We all see things out our community and in the world and you have to ask yourself, “What can I do? What I can I put out there? How can I help?” CSS inspired me to go back to school because I want to make a difference. I’m very proud of that.

Where I grew up, we don’t have resources, and we don’t have the money to take care of a person in need. When I was young, only 8 years old, my aunt was paralyzed. She couldn’t talk, and stopped walking, and I stayed with her for over two months trying to get her to come back to us. I knew other people in need and when I came to this country I knew that I am going to find a way to help people with disabilities. I started volunteering and talking to patients in the hospital. “How are you doing?”
“Are you okay?” And people would talk to me.

To be successful in this kind of work you have to love what you do. You’re not here to get paid, it’s more than that. You’re providing the help for someone who needs you, to be there with them, to understand. And this crisis has been a challenge for everyone. It has messed up everyone’s routine and it’s not anyone’s fault. It’s the coronavirus and there’s nothing we can do about it. We are all struggling to figure this out.

The COVID Crisis put a lot of uncertainty on me. I wound up being moved to a different house and a different schedule and it hasn’t been easy. However, I do love the house that I’m in now. I love the people I work with and the people that I support. One of the guys, he has this gift to make people happy. I feel so warm when I’m around him. He’s a person who has so much to give. You ever walk into a house and you have this beautiful feeling in your heart? That’s how I feel when I walk into this house and it’s because of the individuals that we work for.

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