This is the story of Helen, an employee of Synapse House (the “House”). Helen’s role at the House is Occupational Therapy (“OT”) and Work Unit Coordinator.
A graduate of St. Ambrose University in Iowa, Helen has been doing OT for six years, primarily working with people with a neurological diagnosis. In her spare time, Helen spends time with her husband and young son for fun. For example, they go to the zoo. We are excited Helen is on staff and welcome her to the Clubhouse!
This article summarizes an interview by Synapse House Member Scott of Megan, a new Clubhouse student. Megan is from Freemont, California, undoubtedly a beautiful place in a warm, hospitable climate. This time of year that venue sounds wonderfully inviting. So we’re curious why did she come to Chicago despite the cold, snowy weather that dominates us half the year?
The answer is graduate school at Rush University. When asked if she had recommendations for Synapse House to improve its daily programming, the response was “…engaging in an exercise program, team meetings and working together through a committee structure”.
Asked how the Clubhouse can help her, she said that the Clubhouse could help her by developing her job skills like working with brain injured patients. Asked what her project was focused on, the response was “...working with caregivers, helping them develop goals and action plans”.
Next I asked her about the duration of her work here at Synapse House. Her response “...April of this year or another three months plus”. What do you plan to do after you leave the House? Her response “...move back to California (the state with former governor Jerry Brown), find an occupational therapy job and take the board exams”.
Asked what she likes to do for fun, she replied “...watch Netflix, play tennis (another Chris Everett I bet), hang out with friends and explore Chicago, a.k.a. Chi-town”.
The next answer hurts but I’ll share it. When asked what baseball team she considers her favorite she said the Oakland A’s. I personally would have preferred her to say the Cubs but she’s entitled to her opinion. That’s the interview. I hope you enjoyed it.