Mission, Vision, Values Award Winner: Carrie Haines

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Congratulations to our Mission, Vision, Values Quarter Three Award Winner from Florida: Carrie Haines! Carrie is the Employment Specialist Supervisor for the Opportunity Services location in Jacksonville, Florida. Here is Carrie’s MVV nomination from a client: “I met with Carrie Haines yesterday afternoon.  I must say I was very impressed with Carrie and her organization.  We met for over an hour and I felt like she and I connected.  She is very bright, intelligent.  Carrie has such positive energy and certainly demonstrates how vested she is in Opportunity Services and assisting people like myself.  I am truly looking forward to meeting with Carrie again and now have hope that I can find viable employment with Carrie’s help.” Carrie is a great example of the Mission, Vision and Values of Opportunity Services being brought to life!

How long have you been working at Opportunity Services?
I have been with Opportunity Services since January of 2013.

What other companies/ jobs have you worked at in the past?
I initially began in the Social Services Industry working at the Lee County Correctional Facility providing Substance Abuse and Life Skills Counseling during my 3rd year of College. Upon completing my Bachelors in Psychology I began working for Vocational Rehabilitation-FLDOE as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Lee County, FL. I was with Vocational Rehabilitation for four years. While working for Vocational Rehabilitation I pursed my Masters Degree in Administration. After I completed my Masters I began working with Opportunity Services as a Supervisor in Jacksonville, FL.

What five words best describe you?
Mother, Loyal, Passionate, Exuberant, Diligent

Why do you work in the disability field?
I think that most people have a personal story and that’s why we do what we do. It feels good to pay it forward.

Why are you deserving of this MVV award?
When you work hard even if it’s not always the outcome you want, at least you can impact and motivate those around you. That’s what I do everyday never give up no matter what the circumstances may be.

What’s your favorite thing about Opportunity Services?
Each day is different. I enjoy being able to find solutions and be creative.

Do you have any clients that have changed your perspective about people with disabilities?
I have worked with so many people over the past 8 years and still to this day I am amazed.

Do you have any advice for other employees at Opportunity Services?
It’s more important to listen than to speak. There’s a lot that you can learn if you only take the time to listen.

What do you like to do for fun in your free time?
I have a seven-year-old daughter named Brianna and two pets: a Dalmatian Dog named Dot and a Rabbit named Yuki, which is Japanese for snow/happiness. We spend most of our time outside going on walks, at the park, down by the water, or with family. I also enjoy collecting antique chandeliers or glass vases to refurbish.