Employee Spotlight Series: Mendy Barth
In our 2019 Employee Spotlight Series, we are creating space to highlight the 62 employees of Buckeye Hills Regional Council. Every year, we celebrate as a region the tremendous impact of our programs and services - an investment of nearly $1.3 billion into southeast Ohio since our inception in 1968 - but it’s our employees who work hard every day to breathe life into our mission and pour out into the eight-county region we serve.
Follow along as we feature three different employees every month!
Mendy is an Information & Assistance Specialist for Buckeye Hills Regional Council and has been a part of our team since January 2015.
What led you to your current position at Buckeye Hills?
Mendy: I began my journey on January 12, 2015 with Buckeye Hills Regional Council as a front desk Receptionist. After one year, I moved into my current position as an Information &Assistance Specialist and an Intake Screener.
How would you describe your job to someone who is completely unfamiliar?
M: As an Information & Assistance Specialist, I talk to individuals and referral agencies within the community who are seeking assistance for a loved one or client in need of support with their daily care. I screen each call to determine which assessment is appropriate to provide options that will best meet the needs of each individual. Once this determination is made, a face-to-face assessment is scheduled to continue the process of determining available community support.
What do you find most rewarding about your position?
M: Helping someone in need is what I find most rewarding about my position. When a call is received and I am able to connect the caller with a community resource prepared to meet their need, then I believe I have successfully represented the mission of Buckeye Hills.
Why do you think the mission of Buckeye Hills is important to our region?
M: The mission of Buckeye Hills Regional Council is important in providing much needed programs, updates and support services to each community in our eight-county region. Those programs include water and sewer development and upgrades, transportation services and in-home assistance such as the PASSPORT program and Project Lifesaver to allow individuals the opportunity to Age in Place.
What is one thing you wish more people realized about Buckeye Hills?
M: I wish more people were aware that Buckeye Hills is a portal for community resources and support. So many families are in need of assistance and are not aware that Buckeye Hills is the front door for the information and assistance they are seeking.
If you had to choose a favorite program, service, or initiative of Buckeye Hills, which would that be and why?
M: I am proud to be a part of the Housing Assistance Grant Program. Through this program, we are able to help aging and disabled individuals “Age in Place” by providing accessibility modifications/repairs to their home. They are safely able to remain in their own home environment as opposed to being placed in a nursing facility for their care.
What are you looking forward to most in your position this year?
M: I look forward to my continued growth as a team member and learning about community resources available to assist those in need. I have learned a lot over the past three years in screening. I strive to learn something new and be a blessing to someone each day.