The Arc Oregon
Hello! It’s nice to meet you. My name is Jennie Heidrick and I am currently the program director for the OTAC program of The Arc Oregon. I have been working with OTAC since 2009 as a behavior consultant, trainer and mentor. I began working in the field of developmental disability and aging services in 1998 as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Direct Support Professional. In addition, I have supported people of all ages in a variety of different settings throughout Oregon. It is from these experiences and relationships built that I’ve learned what it means to provide person-centered support and advocate alongside people for things that focus on people’s rights and holistic practices that promote health and well-being. I now experience a physical disability and chronic pain condition that continues to impact my day to day experiences. This lived experience has strengthened my passion for advocating and helping to adapt and make this a more accessible world for all. Below is a brief summary of my past experiences, highlighted skills and areas of expertise. Please reach out to me by email, preferably, if you have questions or are interested in collaborating with the OTAC team! email@example.com
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It’s important to me that people are honored, respected and valued for who they are, their experiences and recognized for their strengths. I am passionate about ensuring those who are in a support role have the tools needed to provide quality, person-centered care that helps people live the life they want.
Trust and collaboration are two values that are important to me personally and within my work. Over the past 20 years of working in the field of social services and collaborating with people, families, support providers and others I feel strongly that the best of outcomes are achieved when there is trust and collaboration.
Outside of my work activities, I am naturally a busy body and like to hang out with my fam-friends, play in the dirt a.k.a. garden, chill at the river, practice yoga, camp, travel, play music and volunteer with the Portland Food Project. My kids are my world and as a teen and young adult they continue to amaze, inspire and teach me so many things. I have two “thera-puppies” who provide me laughs and comfort throughout the day. They are one of my many supports that help me manage life while dealing with chronic pain. I believe comedy and kindness make this world go around and we always need more of it!
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