Ashley began working at Little Flower in July 2006 as a Medicaid Service Coordinator in the New Life department in Wading River. A year and a half later she transitioned to a Family Care Home Liaison in the same department. “I have amazing coworkers and a wonderful supervisor. Our department is not the most well-known here at Little Flower but the individuals we work with are so wonderfully diverse and each have their own story, whether they are able to tell it or not. It’s part our job to ensure that the stories of their lives that have yet to be written are ones of hope, joy and compassion.”
As a Family Care Home Liaison, Ashley is responsible for making monthly home visits to all 14 family care homes, which house 29 of our individuals and performs monthly safety checks, testing water temperature, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and overall safety. She develops and oversees the implementation of the individuals’ residential habilitation plans by the Family Care Providers and ensures that all documentation is completed properly: residential habilitation checklists, medication administration records, personal and clothing allowance ledgers, etc. She assists providers to arrange for respite when needed and tracks bank accounts and pay stubs for applicable individuals for regular updates with SSA.
Ashley continues to work at Little Flower because she believes that her work makes a difference. “The individuals in our care are vulnerable and need people that give them a voice, hear their voice and advocate for them. I very much relate to the boy in the Starfish story. A beach was covered with starfish washed up by the tide. A man walking down the beach came upon a little boy picking up starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean. The man told the little boy, “there are so many starfish on this beach; you will never make a difference.” The little boy reached down and picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean. He then looked at the man and said, “I made a difference to that one.” What we do here at Little Flower may be a drop in the bucket when it comes to individuals we help, but we DO make a difference to those we serve.”
Little Flower also provides a great work-life balance, allowing her to prioritize her family and God. “I have three children that need me to be there for them, to take them to dance and soccer, to volunteer at their school and be class mom. I was recently elected to the Ridge Elementary PTA executive committee where my oldest daughter, Alexa, is in second grade; my son, Michael, Jr., is in kindergarten and my youngest, Mackenzie, is in preschool.” Ashley is also actively involved in her church as a nursery worker and her husband, Michael, is a deacon. “This job allows me that flexibility, for which I am extremely grateful.”
“No matter where life takes me, Little Flower has definitely helped shape me into the person I have become. From a 22-year-old fiancé to a married mother-of-three, a lot has changed, both outwardly and inwardly. I will always be grateful for the connections, relationships and experiences I have been afforded while here.”