With Nonotuck Since: 2005
Works at: Pittsfield
Sandy is the Assistant Program Director of the day service in Berkshire County. Sandy has been able to combine her managerial and people skills here at Nonotuck. She is originally from the Bronx, N.Y. and is the oldest of five children. Sandy moved to the Berkshires twelve years ago, with her two children. Sandy graduated from the Mildred Elley School and earned a certificate in business administration. She has many years experience as a manager for Ciatrella Fine Foods in New York. Some of Sandy’s other interests include that she is very active in her church and loves spending time with her family. Originally, Sandy took a job here in the Berkshires driving people that needed assistance to their scheduled appoints. It was then, that she realized her true calling, working in human services with people. She loved meeting people of all abilities and making them smile. She went from driving people to working in a residential home for people served by the Department of Mental Health. From there she found the Nonotuck Day Program. Sandy enjoys working with the people supported by our day service and has assisted in successfully increasing the number of people served from 4 to over 11. Sandy loves working for Nonotuck and she loves what Nonotuck stands for. She feels that people are people and we all have something to learn from each other. Sandy believes so much in the shared living model that she became a Shared Living provider in 2009 for Amanda. Sandy says that “she fits right into our family. She brightens our day.” She loves helping Amanda grow as a woman and loves the way Amanda helps her family grow. “It’s a give and take relationship that has been good for everyone.”
Learn how Nonotuck developed a love-based ideology of care. We started our shared living program as an alternative to group homes for people with disabilities. Instead, Shared Living creates genuine life transformation for people with disabilities, as well as families and communities. The true power of caregiving is found through hospitality, authenticity, and love.