More often than not, there is a high turnover rate in the human services field. This may be true for many different reasons. Not all people are made to work in this field. It takes a kind, caring, compassionate person with the patience of a saint. MARC is an agency which has a good amount of longevity among its employees. MARC allows people to grow and change positions, and broaden their ability to help the individuals we serve.
What makes me think about longevity? At the end of July 2016, it was with mixed emotions that MARC said goodbye to one of its long time managers. Sue Jay was and still is a part of MARC for 30+ years. MARC and she have been together since the early 80’s; the longest employee at MARC. Much has changed since that time, and yet her dedication has remained. She was here through the good, the bad and the ugly. She has left a mark here and her time will not be forgotten.
I think that MARC is as much a part of Sue’s life, as she is to MARC. This place that we call work, is not just a place of employment, it is a family. I don’t know of another agency that offers such an atmosphere. The things I have seen co-workers do for each other, and most importantly for the individuals we serve, leaves me speechless, time and time again.
Saying goodbye to Sue was difficult. She had been a part of some folk’s lives from the first day they began at here. An era is coming to a close, but I take comfort in knowing that Sue can’t just hang it up and leave something that has been a part of her for 3 decades. I am glad to have been able to work with her and gain from her insight and learn from her historic knowledge. I am also glad that she won’t be leaving entirely; it is because MARC is family.