When it comes to the team at Ascend, we couldn’t ask for anyone better! From the newest mentor to the most experienced clinical director, everyone here is working hard behind the scenes to provide our clients with the highest possible level of care to make an authentic, lasting difference for the better. One of our most dynamic team members is Molly, the Program Manager at Culver.
As the program manager at our PHP and IOP facility, Molly is both mom and dad to a lot of our clients — and even some staff. So it’s time to learn a little bit about what it takes to do Molly’s job. Follow along with us as we explore a day in the life of a program manager!
Molly is an incredibly skilled program manager, with over 10 years of experience in social services. She got into this career due to her love of helping people. Even before she stepped into the big leagues, Molly spent her time working with the Down Syndrome community, supporting them and helping them manage the complexity of everyday life.
Molly’s Life Now
Every day at Ascend is a little different for Molly. She does a bit of paperwork, some crisis intervention, and even bonds with the clients when they’re not in group or therapy sessions. She works with nearly everyone on the Culver team, including the mentors, therapists, and educators, collaborating to ensure there aren’t any scheduling conflicts and clients are enjoying fulfilling experiential therapy activities to accompany their clinical sessions.
Why Ascend Is The Right Fit
Molly loves working at Ascend. She enjoys her job and fully believes in the Ascend mission. She often describes her job as “out of the box” because she’s always adapting to the changing needs of our clients and the expansion of Ascend in general. At Ascend, she also has the opportunity to indulge in her most prominent personality trait — having fun! She can show her personality on the job and connect with staff and clients on a deeper level through authentic joy.
When she first came to Ascend, one of the things that kept her here was seeing the results of all her hard work. Watching clients come in needing a lot of support and encouragement, and watching them leave with a stronger, more empowered mindset is something that she holds very near and dear to her heart.
Why We Love Molly
Molly is all about positive energy and genuine self-expression. When clients and staff see how she approaches her work and social interactions, they’re inspired to follow her lead and take a more constructive, optimistic approach to their own treatment, as well as their everyday life. Her greatest contribution to Ascend is definitely knowing how to have fun within the structures of her responsibilities.
Every client that comes through the doors at Culver knows that Molly is here to empower them to take control of their situation and live up to their full potential. She’s adaptable and nurturing, just like we are! While she can’t save everyone, she does her utmost to give everyone to attention and care they deserve, taking it day by day and minute by minute if necessary.
Molly Is Something Special
Highlighting Molly’s work for us has been a pleasure, but did you know she spent years working on a very special passion project? When she was still spending time with the Down Syndrome community, she helped them find love through match-making. While COVID has put that cause on hold, she hopes to return to it very soon.
Molly is also working toward completing an MSW program to enhance her work with us and her career in general.
More Time Behind The Scenes
Just like Molly, we have tons of essential team members at Ascend that strive to make a positive difference in the world every day. Look back at some of our Staff Spotlights, like Mentoring with Destiny or Yoga with Andrea, and check back each month for a new, behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of someone else who works with us!