Describe your role at Bellwether.
I am a Resident Services Coordinator at Arbora Court and Stone Way Apartments. My role is focused on providing a variety of resources to residents such as rental assistance, food access, mental health resources, supportive services and public benefit resources to name a few. During this past year I have hosted virtual events for residents ranging from a Covid19 Town Hall, a Black History Month Celebration and several Bingo events.
What do you find most meaningful about your work?
What I find to be the most meaningful part of my work is helping residents connect to resources that can make a difference in their lives. There are so many resources in the community and sometimes they are not easy to find. I love building relationships with residents and through our conversations finding what resources in the community they may like to access.
Tell us about a woman that you admire or are inspired by (past or present).
There are many women in past and present that inspire me. One of them is Malala Yousafzai, who at elven became an activist focused on education for girls in Pakistan. She did this even though it put her life in danger. Event after being shot by the Taliban, she continued her activism and founded the Malala Fund. At age seventeen, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.
What Colleagues Say:
“Joanna has pushed and advocated for the residents at Arbora Court her entire time at Bellwether. She has solidified partnerships with the Seattle Public School system and Seattle Public Library that our team and residents all benefit from. She is strong in her convictions and kind in her delivery. I am inspired by her gentle approach and efficient work. Grateful to work with such an inspiring and smart person.”