Thursday, May 29, 2014
Family services coordinator for Tara Hall Home for Boys
Graduate of Limestone College with Bachelor's degree in social work and psychology
Worked at College of Nursing at MUSC, SCDHEC, DSS, and SC Department of Employment and Workforce
Started at Tara Hall on March 5
What would you like people to know about Tara Hall?
Tara Hall is a home for boys accepting neglected and abused boys.
It is a long-term residential school and home that helps them develop a moral education, and social and life skills, while providing services for families.
What are your responsibilities at Tara Hall?
I basically work with the families and the kids.
I serve as a liaison between Tara Hall and families, and I make sure when the kids meet their goals and transition back into their homes, everything goes smoothly.
I also make sure they succeed and complete the program at Tara Hall.
If there is something that the families need, I can talk to them about that and do a referral for some type of assistance.
Some families are having financial difficulties or need assistance with housing, and they may not know who to contact.
I refer them to other agencies out there that they may not be aware of.
What do you like about working with Tara Hall?
Helping the kids and families is the best part.
I like getting to know the kids, helping them grow, watching them change, and hopefully getting to see them be successful adults some day.
I'm still getting to know a lot of the boys and their families.
One great thing about Tara Hall is the staff.
They are wonderful and very helpful and there is great communication between everyone: Teachers, counselors, Mr. Dumm, the director, Patsy, the assistant director, the counselor, Mr. George, and the childcare workers who are the ones with the boys the majority of the time.
It is really important to have team work and this is a team environment.
The atmosphere here is very positive and we all have a common goal.
Even though sometimes our jobs are challenging, we all have positive attitudes.
How has your background helped with your job?
I have worked in social services for over 10 years and I have experience working with children that may have been at some point neglected, troubled or abused.
Can you tell me about the upcoming Paddle Fest event?
The third Annual Tara Hall Paddle Fest fundraiser will be held on June 14 starting at 9:30 a.m.
There will be two paddle launches and starting at 10 a.m., there will be music, games and activities on the campus of Tara Hall.
For more information about Tara Hall and the event, people can visit our website at tarahall.org, or they can call 843-546-3000.
This is my first time helping with the event.
I will be helping out during Paddle Fest any way I can.
I have been helping out a little bit on preparations and I will probably be helping that day, whether at the gate or whatever else they need me to do.
Everybody is excited about this year's event.
Can you tell me about your family?
I am married to Jonathan Gowdy.
We have two dogs, Coco, a Chihuahua, and Beau, a Labrador Retriever.
– As told to Clayton Stairs