Helene Gaither

Transitional Housing Program Supervisor

Office: (209) 478-4554 ext 1024

Growing up in a dysfunctional family, I never truly felt safe, secure or loved unconditionally.  At the time, though, I thought that's how all families were.  After entering college and taking a Child Development course, I began to see how early childhood trauma, as well as insecure attachments, could affect the developing human brain and socialization skills.  I became intrigued and wanted to learn more so I majored in Child Development.  Unlike most of my peers, I didn't want to be a teacher, although I knew I wanted to work with children and families in some capacity.  Psychological development and social behaviors are what peaked my interest so after graduating from CSU, Sacramento with a BA degree in Child Development, I went on to earn my MA degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Family and Child Counseling. 
 
I've always had a natural desire to help others and, combined with my educational and professional background, I am proud to be a Social Work Supervisor in our Transitional Housing Program (THP).  While I enjoy working with youth of all ages, I'm particularly drawn to the 18-21 year olds who benefit from our THP program.  Even though I was not in foster care, I can relate to them on many levels, having experienced trauma and dysfunction throughout most of my childhood and adolescence.  My hope is to make a difference in the lives of the youth with whom I work so they know that they are important and that their lives matter.  Many of our THP youth have no biological family connections and my staff and I always tell them that once they are part of the Parents by Choice THP family, they are ALWAYS family.  They will always have us to lean on, no matter where they are in their lives.

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