Social Services Coordinator of the Year
While subsidized housing (the HUD 202 program) has been in existence for more than 50 years, the Social Service Coordinator position has only been in existence for less than 20 years. Now, for many, it is hard to imagine what residents did before the position existed.
The Social Service Coordinator’s main goal is to empower the residents of their community with the ability to live an independent lifestyle. They are creative individuals whose role varies with the needs of those they help.
They are investigators, researching the types of services that their residents may use, need, or want. They help residents obtain needed equipment and devices such as walkers, wheelchairs, talking books, etc. They try to locate free or reduced-cost providers of services for their residents.
They are educators; bringing information regarding health and wellness into the community; informing residents on how to apply for available services and benefits; keeping staff up-to-date on any aging-in-place issues a resident may have.
They are builders of the community; mediating disputes among residents; facilitating support groups within the community itself. They are links between community agencies and service providers and residents. They provide resource directories for residents, their families, and community staff.
They are advocates for their residents within the communities they live in and the larger community they live in.
The service they provide is invaluable for both the residents and RHF.
Social Services Coordinator of the Year Awardee
2020 Social Services Coordinator of the Year
Redding Pilgrim House – Redding, CA
Karleen is caring, compassionate and a strong advocate for the residents at Redding Pilgrim House. Karleen works diligently to meet the needs of each resident.
Karleen works well with area service agencies to bring many services to the property like Government Surplus Commodities and Brown Bag. Each month Karleen invites guest speakers to the property for wellness education programs and believes that health is the most valuable asset a resident has.
During the devastating CARR Fire in our town, Karleen came and sat with the residents to help them stay calm and understand what was happening in our town. She was prepared in case our residents needed to evacuate.
“One of the best blessings of living at Redding Pilgrim House,” Redding Pilgrim House resident, Billie May Key says, “is the ever-loving presence of our Social Service Coordinator, Karleen Davis.”
RHF is pleased to present Karleen Davis with the 2020 Social Service Coordinator of the Year Award.
Congratulations to all of our past award recipients!
2019 – Tammy Schendler
2018 – Ricardo Justiniano
2017 – DeLisa Harrington
2016 – Christy Sadler