Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Volunteer Spotlight: Robin Sevigney

Meet Robin!

Job Title:   Group Facilitator

Hometown:  Brooklyn, CT

Years Volunteering for Origin:  3

Favorite Hobby: Master Gardener

Fun Fact: I prefer a ponytail, jeans, a t-shirt and flip flops.

1)                  Please explain your role as a volunteer at this agency.

I am honored to Co-Facilitate the Women’s Empowerment Group with Hailey Lapa.

2)                  What do you enjoy most about volunteering for the Family Violence Intervention Program or about volunteering in general?

 I enjoy the process of watching the group participants take the knowledge we provide them and transform their lives. Moving from victim to empowered woman.

3)                  What has surprised you the most during your time as a volunteer?

 It surprises me that the women who put on the toughest front are the ones who transform the most!

4)                  What is an experience that has really shaped who you are?

The experience of building a relationship with God, daily gratitude and humbling grace

5)                  What is one thing that you are most proud of?

I am most proud of living with integrity and steadfastness to character despite the challenges that come my way.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Meet the Staff: Armando Fraile

Meet the Staff: Armando Fraile

Title:  Family Violence Intervention Program Director
Hometown:  Valle de la Pascua, Venezuela
Years Working for Origin:  10 months
Favorite Hobby: Tennis and being outdoors.

1)                  What drew you to Origin SC originally? And how has the organization changed since?
What drew me to Origin SC originally was the opportunity to be an intern when I was finishing my MSW. I also did some research and learned that Origin SC celebrated their 125th-year anniversary more recently. This was impressive to me and made me want to be part of the team.

2)                  What has surprised you the most about working at Origin SC?
I am surprised with how everyone is willing to help each other even though we are in different departments. There is a real team mentality here.

3)                  What is an experience that has really shaped who you are?
Being in the Army has really shaped who I am. It taught me morals and values that I live by everyday of my life.

4)                  How has Origin SC helped you in your career development?
Origin SC has helped me in so many ways. The agency has been there for me for every step of the way. The organization has helped me develop professionally from an intern to a full time staff member. Coming out of college, I did not know what population I wanted to work with. I am now so thankful that Origin has given me an opportunity because working with victims of domestic violence has been so rewarding to me. Not only have I been able to help victims, but I have also learned from them. These experiences have made me a better social worker.

5)                  What is one thing that you are most proud of?
I am extremely proud to work for an organization that helps victims of domestic violence heal and learn from their personal experiences. I am also proud to work in an environment that is team oriented. This is where I feel the most comfortable and I am excited for the future here at Origin SC.