Employee of the Month: Nena Marlin

Nena Marlin

This month we're pleased to feature Social Worker Nena Marlin as our Employee of the Month.

What originally made you want to work with EA?
I have always had a passion for working with youth, as I grew up tutoring or babysitting. I myself was adopted, although, not having been in foster care, I understood the benefit of having parents who wanted to help me flourish, and I felt that it was time to give this first hand knowledge to others. During my search, I found EA, and found it amazing that the organization spanned across a majority of northern California. I found this to be a sign that the focus was truly on the children, as those in foster care are not found in one specific area.

Describe what your best day on the job looks like:
When clients can call me to tell me they successfully became employed or enrolled in school, as these barriers are continuous. I love working with the FFA clients, as seeing their faces beam when they are able to visit with their family members makes me smile.

What do you wish people knew about working in your field?
This is a field in which you constantly learn not only about the clients, but of yourself as well. The clients stories will have an impact, and you may not know how to best help them, but utilize all your skills, but don't forget to ask for help as well!

How do you practice self care?
I am a social person, so I am constantly on the phone, talking to both friends and family who help keep me grounded. I also love finding new coffee shops or restaurants to go to with friends on the weekends, as I'm continuously learning more about Sacramento since I moved here one year ago. Any and all suggestions are welcome!

What's a hidden talent you have, or something about yourself that would surprise most people?
I love completing puzzles, and one summer I complete three 1000 piece puzzles while still in grad school as a form of self-care.

Anything else you'd like to add?
I love the friendships I have been able to form with my coworkers both in and outside of the Sacramento office. EA has taught me so much about foster care, and I appreciate the camaraderie that has been established throughout!