Jessie Arnold, a case manager at St. Vincent de Paul Louisville, has been with the organization for five years. In that time, she has helped many people improve their lives. She has a degree in sociology and a desire to help those in need.
Jessie started work here as an Americorps volunteer. In that role, she worked for six months with Julio Anthony at the Family Success Center, working with the children we serve, helping with lessons, guiding children in play, and helping Julio plan future educational opportunities.
After six months, a position for a case manager opened, and Jessie decided to apply. “I knew the case management was what I wanted to focus my attention on,” she explains.
Jessie has deep compassion and empathy for those who have lost their homes. She, herself, has experienced homelessness in her life and has had family members who have been homeless. She says this lived experience brings her empathy for those she works with, and when her clients know that she’s experienced what they are going through, they trust her and have hope.
When asked what keeps her coming back every day, Jessie says it’s knowing she’s making a difference. “Seeing the little successes, the breakthroughs, makes it all worthwhile,” she explains.
Jessie recommends St. Vincent de Paul Louisville to any case manager considering working with the homeless. “It’s a good organization. There are lots of training classes, and lots of opportunities to learn,” she says. “And the leadership team makes a big difference. They’ve always been there for me if I have an issue.”
We want to thank Jessie for her hard work and dedication to those experiencing homelessness. Your compassion and empathy for your clients is a blessing.