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From Banking to Human Services: Rewards of Career Change are Priceless

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Lou DiRupo has three words for everyone considering a big career change:

“Follow your heart.” 

When the longtime commercial banker joined Cooperative for Human Services as an Individual Support Services (ISS) Manager, the change was both intimidating and invigorating.

“Working in a corporation meant I had to do what I had to do for my family, grind it out at the bank for a long time,” said DiRupo, who worked with several nonprofit organizations in his time as a banker. “I really respected the work that those organizations accomplished, and always had it in the back of my mind that at some point in my life or career I would like to be a part of something like that. It got to the point where the kids grew up and left home. I experienced some health issues, too, and it changed my perspective on things.”

That’s what led him to take a sabbatical from the bank – time that he spent volunteering for several nonprofit organizations, including CHS.

“I started to feel really good about that,” he said. “In working with CHS, I thought that it would be a really good fit. Not only was the mission of the organization great, you could literally see the impact that you make every single day, which is awesome! It is intimidating to walk away from your comfort zone, something you’ve done for 34 years. You know almost everything about the job, then step into an organization where you know literally almost nothing.”

DiRupo quickly learned, however, that certain skills are transferrable between organizations, like management and supervisory skills acquired over the years.

“You won’t know all of the specifics, you have to learn them, but basic skills like delegation, time management, teamwork – all these are transferrable across industries,” he said. “It was also invigorating to learn so much that was new. It’s always exciting to learn new things and it’s definitely a challenge. At the same time, to be out in the field and see the immediate impact of what you do every day, right away, is rewarding.”

The human services sector overall offers a wide array of meaningful career opportunities that have immediate, positive impacts on people’s lives. While many of the positions, like DiRupo’s, provide direct support to individuals with developmental disabilities, there also jobs – such as finance, IT, facilities, maintenance and compliance – that do not.

“With the number of people in the workforce declining, we are actively recruiting people from other industries who love people and want to contribute in a more meaningful way,” said Kevin J. Leahy, CEO. “We encourage managers from sectors such as retail, food service, banking and other service industries, to know that they can leave jobs that are less satisfying and transfer their supervisory skills to the incredibly rewarding work in human services.”

DiRupo has advice for people who are considering a career change, or want to try human services as a volunteer.

“I think people have to just get out of their comfort zone a little bit and really take a perspective on what you think is really important, not only to you but to others around you,” he said. “Don’t be intimidated because you’re stepping out of one industry to the next. Instead, think about the things and skills that you have acquired over your lifetime that would allow you to go into another work situation and succeed.

“What I saw at the bank for so long is people just grinding it out, saying ‘I wish I did this; I wish I took that path.’ It’s never too late! If you’re really unhappy with what you are doing, then why continue? If you never try, you’ll never know what you would really love to do.”

To learn more about job opportunities at CHS, Click on the Jobs tab on our homepage.

Introducing Our New Vice President of Programs and Services

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During the darkest moments of the pandemic our organization was still finding unique ways to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families, expanding and developing supports, services and programs. With the continually increasing demand for support services and for expansion, to strengthen and to position the organization for future growth and to meet the challenges ahead, it was determined by the CHS Executive leadership team together with the CHS Board of Directors, that a new leadership position was necessary and would be added. That decision led to a national search, led by a third-party recruitment agency. The search presented several strong candidates giving the leadership team a solid assortment of leaders to select from. We are excited to introduce Amy Miner-Fletcher, from Massachusetts.

Amy joined CHS as Vice President of Programs and Services in July. Initially responding to CHS, Amy said “The prospect of this role calls to my drive to continue to serve vulnerable individuals and their families in a mission-driven culture.” Amy is a career long leader in the service of others with over twenty years of leadership experience as an operational and clinically trained executive. Amy holds a BA in Psychology, a MA in Counseling Psychology, and is a licensed mental health counselor. She has a background in growing, managing, mentoring, and motivating teams to support employees in achieving their highest potential.

In prior positions, Amy focused on serving families, children, and vulnerable individuals, with an emphasis in early childhood and autism services in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has a proven track record of collaborating cross-functionally, developing new leaders, and spearheading multi-million-dollar service lines and mission and value driven programs by identifying and implementing industry trends and best practices. Amy’s extensive experience working with families and enhancing service delivery will be an asset in her role as VP of Programs and Services. She will continue the expansion of CHS’s vision, strategy and structure, strengthening staff capacity, while further developing organization culture and system improvements. Amy is responsible for strengthening our Residential, Individual Support, Shared Living, and Acquired Brain Injury Services, while developing a strong team in Human Resources.

We are very happy to have Amy join us and are excited about the many contributions she will make to our work.

Make A Change In Yourself & Others!

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Syed has done a lot of thinking in his life. Throughout his childhood he has felt strong empathy for others and has always found ways to give back through community programs, and volunteer work. Now more than ever, he wants to support others who might need a helping hand, but through his career. He felt that a role which was the best of both worlds is the way to go! This would allow him to put more time into empowering others overall (through his career and volunteered time).

Syed believes that spreading positivity empowers him in turn, too! He enjoys creating strong bonds with others and has made many life-long friendships through his work, which fills him with motivation. With us, he’s able to continue this more directly and considers our clients as family. Not only is he meeting their needs, but getting to know who they really are FOR who they are—their wants; hobbies, interests, likes, and dislikes, too.

@ CHS, our staff build greater connections. They do the most in ensuring others get the help that they need no matter how “small” or “big” those things may seem.

Join us to be part creating change! Apply on online through our Careers Page Here. If you’d like to discuss available roles, give us a call @ (781)879-9339.

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Start a New Life Here @ CHS

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Nia has been a part of the food service industry for years and has decided it was time for a change of pace. She still wanted a flexible career that would work with her regular schedule, but wanted to find a way to connect with others better—a way to serve and help others in new ways and to become more personable.

She saw one of our bus advertisements and read up about us through our website! Our mission statement felt right to her and from there she applied through our website on our Careers Page. 

Nia was a delight to speak to and immediately we knew she was right for a role with Cooperative for Human Services. The best part was that we were able to get her in contact with a client in her community, meaning an easy commute that doesn’t affect her daily schedule. We were able to come up with a work schedule that would suit them both, as well!

Caring for our members in turn of them caring and supporting others. @ CHS, we work better together. Not only do benefits start on day one, but we make sure that we fully discuss all terms with our employees.

Want a flexible career that works for you? Call us @ (781)879-9339 to learn more. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the roles we have available. Go here if you’re ready to apply: Careers Page Here.

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Find a Rewarding Career @ CHS

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Sofia, like many other of our staff, shares a similar story. She often worked long hours to make ends meet. Although it was tiring, she would do her best and put in all of her effort in the hopes of moving up the ladder bit by bit. Unfortunately, her work was never recognized here, leaving her to believe that it was time to create a new path where she could continue to learn and grow from. To her, it was a sign to change careers.

Sofia found out about us through our ads. She decided to apply online and followed up with one of our team members, Katie, through the phone.

Through our talk with Sofia, we found that she was interested in pursuing a career in healthcare or social work. She felt that working with us would put her a step in that direction! Even better to her was the fact that we provide training to our new staff members!

Looking for a new field to make a career out of? Want to know more about us at Cooperative for Human Services? Give us a call at (781)879-9339 to see if we’re a good fit for you. If you’re ready to apply, fill out the online application on the careers page here: Careers Page Here.

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Belong @ CHS

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Ada didn’t feel like she belonged at her workplace for a long time. She really wanted to do something more for herself and find a career path that she belonged to–somewhere she’d fit right in and would align with her principles! For her, it was the perfect time to switch gears. It was time for her to find a place where she could continue to learn & grow.

Ada has always wanted to support her community but was never sure how to make a career out of it. That’s how she found us, Cooperative for Human Services! @ CHS, we work together as a team to support and counsel our clients in the community. We come together to empower others.

After accepting a role with us, Ada was trained to work with those of different abilities. In addition to being trained, she was able to bring her own skills to the table such as painting. These skills have been introduced to the people she’s worked with! Many were able to realize their knack for the arts, giving them a broader scope of their capabilities.

It’s talented and fun staff members like Ada who bring out the best in our clients. For that reason, we @ CHS, are extremely grateful for our workers and counselors. Benefits start your first day!

Do you have skills and hobbies that you can bring to CHS? Love reading, watching movies, or enjoying a good football game? Now’s your chance to share those interests with community members! Give Katie a call at (781)879-9339 or fill out our online application on the careers page here: Careers Page

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You are THE Difference @ CHS!

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Like many others, Marli’s hard work ethic went unnoticed at her previous employer. This affected her self-esteem, especially with the high demand and pressure she faced. Time and time again,

it’s been

proven that recognition and well-rounded benefits boost employee morale greatly! Taking care of our employees comes first, so that they can do their best in caring and supporting others in turn.

Marli found Cooperative for Human Services in her search for a new role. She gave us a call to discuss the roles we had available. Marli then felt that she would be a good candidate for a career in management and decided to move forward with applying @ CHS. Today, we have awesome employees like Marli. We let them know their hard work is truly appreciated by us and the families that they support.

Feel like you’re fit for a role @ Cooperative for Human Services? Let’s talk! Call us at (781)879-9339 to ask about career opportunities. Or, jump right into our online application on the careers page here: Careers Page Here.

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Want a Rewarding Career?

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Thea started to feel that her old job was unrewarding. According to her, her work was never recognized. Even though she was a loyal team member, her years of hard work unfortunately had no payoff.

In her job hunt, she found us, Cooperative for Human Services. Our mission that aligned with her value of helping others made her apply for a role here. She saw a career path where there was room to grow! And of course, being rewarded for aiding those who need it most is always a win-win in her book! Making a positive difference in someone else’s life is extremely important to Thea as she has received help from others in the community. This is her way of giving back.

Not only is there an opportunity to grow with us, but we want our staff to be comfortable—to be themselves and belong. @ CHS, we take care of our staff so that they, in turn, can take care of others.

An Easy Choice: Help Those Who Need It Most

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Kaiya did some rethinking on her career path. She decided that she wanted to be in a role that lined up with her values. Her goal has always been to be a strong community member and give back in any way that she could. She wanted to guide those who needed a helping hand. Everyone deserves a support system!

When Kaiya saw management roles available @ CHS, she applied right away as our mission and beliefs resonated with her. We’re proud of our team members like Kaiya, who continue to show they care.

Want to see yourself in a field where you can also help others? Begin applying online to Cooperative for Human services on our Careers Page Here!

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At CHS, We Recognize Your Talents

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Malaika was in a position where she didn’t feel like she fit in well or belonged. Work was always the same and not engaging. It felt like her work often went unrewarded. She wanted to be part of something bigger and do more for her community!

 

Malaika found us, Cooperative at Human Services, and decided to give Katie a call to discuss the roles available. Management roles here piqued her interest so she applied, eager to transition to a new part of her life.

We’re so excited to have passionate people like Malaika join our team and give back to the community. Here, we recognized the time, care, and effort our employees put in!

See yourself in a role that can support your local community, too? Join us @ CHS! We’d love to discuss the opportunities we have available with you. Call Katie at (781)879-9339. Begin your online application on our Careers Page Here. Follow our social media and blog for other stories! Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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