Staff Profile: Madison, StepUp Program Coordinator

For Madison, the path to Bethany House began with a simple introduction and a shared passion for advocacy and case management. Introduced to the job opening by Stephanie Potter, the Youth Program Coordinator, Madison seized the opportunity to embark on a new chapter in her career journey. Graduating from college with a genuine desire to make a difference, Madison found her calling within the welcoming embrace of Bethany House’s mission.

For the past year, Madison has swiftly embraced the lively atmosphere and dedication to service that defines Bethany House. She has become an integral part of the team, driven by a commitment to advocating for those in need.

Madison’s journey with Bethany House is a testament to the power of opportunity, passion, and purpose, which continues to shine as she works tirelessly to advocate for and empower survivors to maintain their overall well-being and safety.

Read on to learn more about Madison and what’s in store for her in 2024.

What excites you about the mission?

I love that Bethany House is survivor-supportive and survivor-driven in its approach. Sure, we offer tools, resources, and guidance, but we really prioritize people having control and agency over their own lives and goals. As survivors gain more independence, it is rewarding that we could play a part in them achieving their goals.

How does your background impact your work at Bethany House?

My personal and professional experiences allow me to fulfill my role here at Bethany House with understanding and commitment. Some things that I myself have been through have been very important for me to be more insightful into the care others need or to be better able to advise them on what I did to move forward. I do not like to be judgmental, and I like to meet people where they are so that we can grow together, as there is always more to learn about another person and their life experiences. My introduction to advocacy work started when I was working at the University of Toledo and interned at the Eberly Center for Women on campus. It gave me a great love and appreciation for the field and the ability to find resources to help fit our survivors’ diverse needs. 

What is a 2024 goal you are most excited to work on?

In 2024, I would like to go back to school to expand some of my knowledge. I also want to create a sustainable routine of self-care for myself.

What is the biggest challenge those we serve are facing in 2024?

I think one of the biggest challenges of those that we serve is transportation. Transportation is woven into our daily lives, and many people do not have vehicles. Transportation aids in employment, obtaining an education, the ability to seek medical treatment, and going to meetings with other agencies in the community, including landlords, benefits meetings, obtaining resources, and so on. At our agency, we try to assist with their transportation needs as much as we can, including but not limited to bus passes, Uber rides, signing up for medical cabs, car programs, finding funding for car repairs, gift cards, etc.

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