JusticeWorks BehavioralCare is pleased to announce that Krista Godek, LISW-CP, has been promoted to become our Executive Director in the State of South Carolina!
Krista’s career began in education as a Special Education teacher where her concern for children led her to obtaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work and then becoming a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts. She worked in a variety of educational and treatment environments before joining JusticeWorks BC as a Supervisor in 2014. Her passionate commitment to our work and her skills led to several promotions, the last being our state-wide Director of Operations. She has deepened our commitment to quality service, and helped lead the continuous expansion of staff and services throughout the state.
Krista exemplifies the JusticeWorks philosophy of creating a great place to work, building strong teams, and supporting staff to do their best while assuring accountability and doing ‘whatever it takes’ to achieve positive outcomes.
An Indiana County Youth who had participated in our Independent Living Program, shared her success with a post on Facebook (see below). Thank you, Phyllis, for mentioning JusticeWorks in your post. We are so proud of you! Many thanks to Lindsey Jones, our Independent Living Specialist, and to our Indiana County team!
Carly Terensky of Avella High School is an exceptional young lady. Every year at Easter time, she ventures into the Washington County community and asks for people to sponsor her project in providing Easter baskets for children in need. Carly purchases all of the materials and goodies and creates amazing baskets that are truly awe-inspiring!
Carly stated that she is aware of the emotional impact on children in the foster care system and was inspired to create something special for these kids. She chose the Easter holiday to spread a little joy by helping out the Easter bunny!
This year, Carly made 60 Easter baskets and partnered with our JusticeWorks YouthCare staff to distribute the baskets to children in need. It was a successful community effort for all who participated.
Carly is a junior at the Avella High School and has plans to go to college after she graduates.
Email from Schuylkill County CYS:
I would like to extend appreciation for the above and beyond work that Vince Troutman performed with a family yesterday. He is an exceptional worker! It was evident that Vince knows the family very well, and was able to provide assistance to both the family and agency due to his competence and skills. Vince is very intuitive, and has amazing relational skills that allowed for him to interact with family members effectively. Vince offered support to transition the focus to a solutions-based approach. Great job!!!
Schuylkill County CYS
Thank you, Vince, for your dedicated professional expertise. Your contributions to the JWYC Mission are appreciated.
Recently we responded to an Erie County CYS RFP to provide Visit Coaching services. We were pleased when our proposal was selected by Erie County as one of the finalists and we were invited to discuss our proposal in person. Our team attending the meeting was Dan Heit, President; Errone Cody, Regional Director; Dipesh Chauhan, Director of Business Development; and Doug Conroy, Allegheny County Visit Coaching Program Director.
We were excited and honored to hear that we have been awarded this important project to help reunite families with their children. We look forward to a positive partnership with the Erie County Office of Children and Youth. JusticeWorks YouthCare will provide Visit Coaching services according to the tenets of the Marty Beyer Model of Visit Coaching which builds family strengths to promote reunification. This service is now being provided by us in several other counties, including Hamilton County, Ohio. read more…
Robert McGee was one of our first staff in our Schuylkill County branch. As our programs there have expanded rapidly, Robert was promoted to become a Supervisor.
Robert’s commitment to ‘building better futures for youth and community’ extend to his after work activities and he serves as the President of the Mahanoy Area Biddy Basketball Association. He has volunteered his time with this association for over 10 years. The Basketball Association focuses on developing youth’s basketball skills while connecting them with positive role models, having a positive impact on the lives of the Mahanoy City youth, families, and the community.
Robert coaches basketball for Kindergarten and 1st-grade teams. Robert, knowing charity begins at home, was able to secure sponsorship from JusticeWorks for the 5th and 6th-grade girls’ team. The JusticeWorks’ uniform must carry good karma as the team has a 5-1 record! Keep up the great work, girls!
We appreciate and applaud Robert’s involvement in the community.