The Singleton office “hides” a line-up of five caseworkers that make up our Family Preservation team. Jorden Foodey is one of these lovely ladies. She started helping those most vulnerable last December, and in April this year completed her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Newcastle. While studying for her degree, Jordan also managed to devote three and a half years to youth residential care, and to continue as an outreach worker for Youth Off The Streets. Jordan spent a lot of time every day towards the middle-end of her placement searching SEEK for anything or everything for which she could apply. When she saw the advertisement for the family preservation role she knew it was something she had to pursue. During her studies, Jordan was working with children who had been removed from their families, so she was excited her new role would provide a program to assist keeping families together. Jordan also knew some people already working for the organisation and had been told nothing but amazing things about CatholicCare. This led to her spending every spare minute she had of that week crafting her application. She is so glad it paid off. She says the most enjoyable aspect of her role is forming relationships with families and knowing she can be there to support them for up to two years. “Unlike a lot of early intervention programs, the length of our programs is such a benefit to families we support,” she says.
Something interesting you may not pick up on when you first meet Jordan is her “slight addiction” to indoor plants. She currently has 118 in her bedroom alone, which is a converted double garage. Jordan says there are probably more, but she doesn’t like counting them when she gets new ones because she feels guilty about the amount she has spent. Jordan has put out an invitation to anyone else who enjoys plants to please get in touch so you can have a chat. Otherwise, feel free to say “hi”.