Employee of the Month: Jamilyn Purvis, Social Worker
What originally made you want to work with EA?
I first applied at EA as an MSW intern. Working in this field was not part of my original plan as an undergraduate, but I completed my BSW internship at a different FFA and found that I loved it. I wanted to continue working in this field, and EA was the obvious choice. I had heard nothing but positive things about the agency.
Describe what your best day on the job looks like:
My best day on the job is when I go to the office after stopping at Starbucks, I'm completely caught up with reports and case notes, and the families and kiddos on my caseload are thriving.
What do you wish people knew about working in your field?
I wish that most people knew that my job is not to take children from their parents. Friends have told me that I sometimes give off a "CPS vibe." I wish people knew that my job is support kiddos and foster families, which often leads to giving children back to their parents.
How do you practice self care?
I get as many massages as humanly possible. I also do my best to not bring work home with me by turning off email notifications and setting boundaries with families.
What's a hidden talent you have, or something about yourself that would surprise most people?
While I'm nowhere near the level that I once was, I have played piano most of my life. Something about myself that would surprise most people is that I'm not as serious and reserved as a lot of people assume. I am super sarcastic and like to think I have a good sense of humor. My resting facial expression comes off like I am irritated or angry, but I'm really not.
Anything else you'd like to add?
EA has been the most supportive agency I have ever worked for. I love my job and feel incredibly fortunate to work with such a brilliant, kind, and compassionate group of people.