Mary Anne Turner
Mary Anne Turner is the secretary of the Bridges to Health (B2H) program, located in our Hauppauge office. Mary Anne, like many other Little Flower staff, has been with us for quite a while. In 1993 the company she was working with went on strike and after three weeks of waiting with no resolution she joined the Little Flower family.
Mary Anne first began as a temporary secretary for the Group Home Program and was shortly offered a full time position in the Therapeutic Foster Boarding Home Department (TFBH), where she remained for about ten years. She then moved over to the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) for another five years before being laid off in 2008. But Mary Anne was not gone for long. She returned in 2010 to fill the secretary position for the then new B2H program.
As the B2H secretary, Mary Anne is responsible for processing client intake and enrollment paperwork, entering Movement of Placements (MOPs) into the database, which reflect changes in the clients’ movement and status, scanning discharged records, managing petty cash and conference room reservations, ordering supplies, distributing mail, answering the phone, and filing.
Not only does Mary Anne have a great and long career with Little Flower, she also has a deeper connection. Her father and his three siblings were in foster care for over ten years. Both parents were very ill and eventually passed away when the children were very young. His older brother (Mary Ann’s uncle) remembers staying at Little Flower overnight before being placed in a foster home with another agency.
Mary Anne continues to work for Little Flower because she loves the work she does and loves helping people. “Over the years I have felt blessed to have had the honor of meeting, working and getting to know so many inspiring people.” When asked about one of her most memorable moments with the agency, she thinks of the holidays. “I will always remember going to the Queens office to help out with a Christmas Party which was for the children and their families. It was heart-warming to see all the grateful happy faces.”
When not at work, you can find Mary Anne spending time with her family, reading, working in her flower garden, knitting or crocheting.