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Smith Explains Why She Views Her Job as a Wonderful OpportunityPosted Date: 05/21/2018
By: Shelita Smith
My duties for the Arkadelphia Human Development Center have helped me as a mother. Our Department of Human Services (DHS) clients are all someone’s child. I try to love them as their mother would. When I get to work I always feel a genuine love from our clients. They’re always happy. They make you want to smile even when things are not going well.
My goal for the people I serve is to give them encouragement, and let them know that they can do anything. As a mother and a DHS employee, I assist my children and my clients in their daily activities and watch them succeed in meeting their goals.
One of my main duties at DHS is taking our clients on medical trips. I am their caregiver and their voice of concern during their doctor appointments. I make sure they are being treated with care and that their medical needs are being met just as I would with my own children.
On Sunday mornings I even take some of our clients to church. They enjoy the church outings, and so do I. It also gives the clients an opportunity to go out into the community. What I do is not just a job – it’s an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people who deserve the same level of love that I give to my children.