Former Employee spotlight


  • Ellen Nagle, DSS


    When were you employed by Family Care Solutions?

    I worked for FCS for 2 years, 2017-2019.

     

    How did your employment at FCS aid in your future path?

    FCS provides the opportunity to work with people of all different backgrounds, worldviews, and life experiences. I believe that the development of relationships is at the core of effective work, especially within social work and chaplaincy. My experience at FCS was centered around creating and obtaining supportive relationships with both Clients and Staff.

     

    Where is your current place of employment and/or your job title?

    I work for Bethany for Children and Families in Moline as a Foster Care Case Manager. I am also a Chaplain for the United States Army Reserves.

     

    What is your most fond memory of working at Family Care Solutions?

    I loved participating in the Walking Club with several different Clients and Staff present. While working at FCS, I developed true friendships with my clients and they often taught me about life as I supported them in achieving their goals. There was never a shortage of laughter throughout my shifts and if you're willing to find the joy in your work, you're guaranteed to find it with FCS. 

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  • Cassandra Berneking, DSS


    When were you employed by Family Care Solutions? 

    2008-2010 during college summers and breaks


    Were you a student pursing your Degree? 

    Yes


    What degree did you obtain? 

    Early Childhood Special Education


    Where is your current place of employment?

    After teaching for 6 years, I currently stay home with my 3 girls and run an Etsy shop.


    What piece of advice would you have for current Family Care Solutions Staff?

    Start each day with an open mind.


    How did your employment at Family Care Solutions aid in the path that you chose following graduation?

    I was so fortunate to work with such a range of needs and ages. I had so many real life experiences that served as teachable moments for myself and my future students. 


    What is your most fond memory of working at Family Care Solutions?

    I have so many favorite memories from my time at FCS but Camp Hand in Hand was definitely a highlight!


    If you can recall, why did you choose to work at Family Care Solutions?

    To gain experience working with a variety of needs and ages before beginning my teaching career.


    What is one way you felt you grew as person and/or caregiver by working at Family Care Solutions?

    Never underestimate the positive impact you can have on another person. One of my favorite quotes, "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

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  • Kaitlyn Nathem, DSS


    "I was a Direct Support Professional in 2015-2017. At the time, I was a college student at St. Ambrose University working towards my Psychology degree in hopes to get into grad school to become an Occupational therapist. I was able to get my Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree and I just graduated in May of 2020, many thanks to the experience I had working at FCS. I currently am employed with a school district within the Quad Cities area as an Occupational therapist working with students. FCS truly guided me into a successful future with my dream profession by opening my eyes to so many different and amazing people I was able to work with. I was able to expand my knowledge in a variety of diagnoses, medications, precautions, and so much more. I will admit, there were plenty of times where I felt that I wasn’t going to be able to handle a certain situation or a certain client’s needs, but the staff at FCS always prepared me and was there to answer any questions at any time. One of my greatest memories from working at FCS was within my first month of working there, we took a group trip with a handful of our clients and our support staff and did an overnight at an adventure course. Our clients were able to participate in the adventure course and all of them felt so strong and courageous through it all! It was such a cool experience to get to see the true abilities of all of our clients! I will never forget the clients I had the privilege to get to know and the families who welcomed me into their homes with open arms. The FCS family is one of the best!"

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  • Ashton Worthington, DSS


    When were you employed by Family Care Solutions?

    2015


    Are you still residing in the Quad Cities area?

    Nope, I live in Norfolk, Virginia


    Where is your current place of employment and/or your job title?

    I am an education coordinator for the Virginia Aquarium- Also a new mom :)

     

    How did your employment at FCS aid in your future path?

    FCS gave me management and leadership skills and a better understanding of people with special needs. I currently coordinate education programs for the public ranging in all ages and abilities so that experience is super helpful!


    What is your most fond memory of working at Family Care Solutions?

    I have nothing but great memories from FCS- mostly just hanging out with the clients and listening to their cheesy jokes. I also really enjoyed getting to know the fun and caring staff!

     

    What piece of advice would you have for current Family Care Solutions Staff?

    Advice for current FCS staff- just to love on those people as if they are your own family or friends. Also, patience is key!


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  • Allyson Leach (Watt), DSS


    When were you employed by Family Care Solutions? 

    2009-2011


    Were you a student pursing your Degree? 

    Yes


    What degree did you obtain? 

    Bachelor's Degree in Special Education


    Where is your current place of employment? 

    Davenport Community Schools


    What is your current job title and what does that position entail? 

    Special Education Teacher


    How did your employment at Family Care Solutions aid in the path that you chose following graduation? 

    FCS truly opened my eyes at what I would like to do for a career. When I graduated high school, I wanted to become a nurse but after working with clients from FCS I decided that my passion was to become a teacher! 


    What is your most fond memory of working at Family Care Solutions? 

    The clients. They made such a las ng impression on my life and I think of them often! They taught me so much. I still see some of them out in the community and I love to say hi! 


    What was one way you felt you grew as a person and/or caregiver by working at Family Care Solutions? 

    Working at FCS gave me so much experience with children and those with special needs. It definitely expanded my knowledge of how to work with those who have different abilities. 

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  • Shannon (Dougherty) Funk, DSS


    When were you employed by Family Care Solutions? 

    February 2012- 2017


    Were you a student pursuing your Degree? 

    Yes, I went to Scott Community College and then St. Ambrose University while working at FCS.


    What degree did you obtain? Special Education Teacher


    Where is your current place of employment? 

    Camanche High School in Camanche Iowa


    What is your current job title and what does that position entail? Special Education teacher in a classroom with students who have severe and profound disabilities.


    What piece of advice would you have for current Family Care Solutions Staff?

    Enjoy the special moments with clients, and the relationships you build.


    How did your employment at FCS aid in the path that you chose following graduation?

    I knew I wanted to work with special needs adults/children and getting the job at FCS led me to get my degree in special education.


    What is your most fond memory of working at Family Care Solutions? All the activity nights partnered with Hand in Hand are some of my favorite memories. I also loved going to Prom with my clients.


    What would you say were your greatest accomplishments during your time at FCS? 

    Creating such strong relationships with my clients and being able to work with them for such a long period of time.


    If you can recall, why did you choose to work at FCS? 

    I chose to work at FCS because I had an interest in working with those who have special needs.


    What was one way you felt you grew as a person and/or caregiver by working at FCS?

    I grew in my confidence while working at FCS. I started out as a high school student, and ended up with the confidence and knowledge that I still have to this day. I grew to know that I was very good at working with those who have disabilities, and it has led me to where I am in my career today. 

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  • Danielle Pratt, RN Case Manger


    When were you employed by Family Care Solutions?

    July 2017-October 2019


    Were you a student pursing your Degree?

    At the end, yes! I started a Master’s program in August of 2019.


    What degree did you obtain?

    I am 6 weeks out from my Master’s of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner.


    Where is your current place of employment?

    Genesis Convenient Care


    What piece of advice would you have for current Family Care Solutions Staff?

    Enjoy it! The patients are the absolute best and they and their families appreciate you so much.  Some days it can be really hard but at the end of the day you are making a positive impact on a human life and that’s something to smile about.


    How did your employment at FCS aid in the path that you chose following graduation?

    FCS showed me a side to health care that I had no idea was so beneficial. Home Health Care is such a blessing to families and to patients and that influences my decision making daily when I’m thinking about my patients.  I hope to be able to positively affect my patients as a NP by utilizing home health for them when necessary.  Home Health Care is such an underutilized resource and it can be so helpful to patients!


    What is your most fond memory of working at FCS?

    Working in the office and in the field, every day was a hoot because of the family-like atmosphere, but I’d have to say my favorite memory was when we got to accompany some of our patients to Night to Shine.  It was so fun to see everyone dressed up and having such a blast. 


    What would you say were your greatest accomplishments during your time at Family Care Solutions?

    My greatest accomplishment was probably increasing our newborn case load, which I think was so helpful for parents.  After a NICU stay, parents are understandably nervous about baby’s weight and care, so having a nurse come in for weight checks and education is just a comfort to families.  I remember wishing at the start of the pandemic that I could still provide this service to keep families out of the doctor’s offices! 


    If you can recall, why did you choose to work at Family Care Solutions?

    I actually found FCS on accident through a job posting after my husband and I adopted our son. I had another interview in the same week and received job offers from both, but chose FCS because of the atmosphere.  I remember interviewing with Joanie and being so nervous because I had no experience with special needs patients, and she said something like “the fact that you’re nervous about it makes me think you’ll do a great job”, and that made all the difference to me.  I truly felt from the beginning that everyone treated every patient with respect, kindness, and like they would treat their own family, and I wanted to be a part of that.


    What was one way you felt you grew as a person and/or caregiver by working at Family Care Solutions?

    I definitely gained a sense of humility working with our patients.  They are truly the best patients in the world and showed me how precious life is and how joy-filled we should all be. Regardless of what kind of a day I was having, I could walk into a certain patient’s house and they would force me to sing songs from High School Musical or Grease and my day was instantly made.  I think this job made me more kind and compassionate, and it will make me a better provider.  

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