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Staff Spotlight: Meet Sam

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Sam

My name is Samantha Joseph, but I typically go by Sam. My job title at the WCA is clinician. As a clinicianSam Joseph, I see community and residential clients for therapy. I just started at the WCA two months ago in July. Prior to joining the WCA, I worked at Terry Reilly as the on-site social worker for New Path Community Housing. I absolutely love being a social worker.

The most rewarding thing I’ve found so far about working at the WCA is that the clients we serve really want to be here. Clients are often risking a lot by showing up here, and they still do it.  They are taking a chance with us in the hopes their lives will change for the better and I feel that is an enormous responsibility and privilege. It is rewarding to have the opportunity to be part of that process alongside my clients.

One of my most memorable moments so far is when a client stood up from her seat and did an elaborate physical demonstration of how she put on her spiritual armor every morning and shared all the ways this ritual is helpful for her. I am often in awe of people’s strength, resilience, and the highly individual and creative ways we deal with and persevere through life’s challenges.

Sam’s thoughts on Resilience

One of my favorite pithy bits of wisdom comes from Helen Keller when she stated, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” If there is one guarantee in life, it is pain and suffering. Psychological resilience is a counterbalance to pain and suffering. This means that although the magnitude of suffering can be great, we are greater.

One part of overcoming that suffering and increasing our resilience involves finding hope and meaning out of a terrible, traumatic, seemingly meaningless situation. Soon after a difficult event, or when the psychological wound is very early in the healing process and has not yet begun to scab over, this idea can feel impossible or even insulting.

So how do we create meaning out of something that feels so meaningless?

Research supports the idea that one way to increase resilience is through creating a coherent narrative from our lives. When people can make sense of their life story, it no longer feels meaningless. When people begin to tell their story, it starts to make more sense and shared experiences let people see they are not alone. We also realize we don’t want others to go through the same pain, and try to be better.

We are not the terrible things that have happened to us, but we can integrate those things into our lives and become greater for it. That is resilience.

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Sep 29

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 05

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 10

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 14

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 20

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 How: Register here for either a 12noon or 7 p.m. virtual viewing time As the WCA celebrates 113 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date for Healing Begins with […]

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