I have had the pleasure in being a part of the Human Services Management program as a Community Living Manager at Target Community and Educational services. This program not only enables you to learn how to work with and contribute to bettering the lives of individuals with disabilities, but it teaches you about yourself. Through this process I have learned patience, humility, and gained the strength, determination and confidence that is needed to be successful. In the future, I hope to continue to make a difference in anyone’s life I may come across.
I have an unwavering belief in the importance of getting outside the classroom to pursue hands on, fulfilling real world experiences. The Target Community Living Manager (CLM) program offered me the opportunity to do just that. Crucial time management and organizational skills were cultivated while balancing classes and the responsibilities of managing a Target home. Sharing the CLM role with another house manager cemented the importance of effective communication and teamwork. But more importantly, Target embedded a mindset of helping others and this invaluable simplicity has been the backbone of my professional growth.
I had a wonderful experience in the CLM program with Target. I got to know a lot of amazing people and was able to gain extremely valuable skills working in the human services field. In addition, I was able to achieve my Master’s Degree Program in Human Services Management, and am very excited to continue my education by pursuing a Ph.D in Applied Behavior Analysis. My aspiration is to be a Behavioral Therapist, particularly for children with autism, and my experience with Target has been invaluable towards achieving these goals. It truly was an incredible experience that I will never forget.
I have had the pleasure of working as a Community Living Manager for Target Community and Educational Services. As a single manager, I have gained an immense amount of experience working one-on-one with clients having different abilities. I learned how to coordinate my time management skills working direct care shifts and completing all administrative tasks. My confidence grew managing clients and staff with the support of my directors. I take pride in creating an organized, happy, and safe home. Not only did I grow professionally within the company, but I have also grown personally. I feel enriched with all of the tasks handed my way, especially as an intern for the Behavior Management and Human Resources Committee. In total, this program has helped me to become knowledgeable in the human resources field. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity, but also to enrich the lives of the clients I served. This program is truly one of a kind!