Meet Monique, a University of Maryland - College Park and University of Maryland - Baltimore MSW graduate from Bowie, Maryland!
Why did you decide to come to Casa de Esperanza?
When I saw this job posted in email from my undergrad college, I immediately knew I wanted to apply. I plan on working with people impacted by the foster care system in the future. I saw this program as a chance to experience first hand some of what my future therapy clients might deal with and provide me a connection point that will hopefully benefit our working relationship. I also would like to be a mother in the future and I knew working at Casa would be a great way to learn more about the realities of parenthood.
Share a favorite memory.
I have fallen in love with so many children but what has really been the most gratifying is to experience the love they develop for me in return. The ability of these children to be so resilient and open to trusting and loving new people after the challenges they’ve faced truly inspires me. I have also been so moved to see the progress that children make at Casa in such a short amount of time. I have seen kids develop language skills, grow to healthy weights, learn how to be a kid again, and so much more. The time we spend with these children really matters!
What is one thing you learned since arriving at Casa de Esperanza?
I have learned to become more comfortable with change. Life at Casa changes quickly and often, and learning to see each change as a new opportunity for something great to happen has really helped me be successful here.
What is one piece of advice, guidance, or recommendation for someone who is considering Hands of Hope?
The best piece of advice I can give for someone considering Hands of Hope is to make sure you fully understand the internship. This job is not easy. It can be tiring, frustrating, and emotionally challenging. However, it is also one of the best and most important things I’ve done in my life so far. This is a life-changing experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to make a difference in the world of children who need it the most.