Kristi’s Story

Woman between two men all wearing the same face maskI have taken the long and windy road in life and tried many different things. I did not go to college until I was 30 years old, where I received a B.A. in Criminal Justice. I worked as a Teen Court Coordinator for the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department for several years. I also worked in Elementary Education in a kindergarten class. I have always volunteered and worked in children shelters. These experiences have been rewarding and fulfilling, but none as much as being part of AIM Services. This long and windy road led me to where I am now, and where I know I belong, at AIM Services.

I started working in the foster care system in 2015. The first child I took care of was a little boy with autism. My heart ached for all of the children and I knew I could provide them with a stable environment while their families worked on things. In 2016, I adopted by daughter through the foster care system. I never intended to adopt, I just wanted to help as many people as possible. In the past, when I brought my daughter back to the children’s shelter each week, I would cry my eyes out. I just knew my daughter was sent to me. This year we are celebrating her 13th birthday.

woman in colorful face mask holding hands with older man in a grey sweatshirtI started working for AIM Services two years ago. I began as a Community Habilitation Worker and supported people of all different ages. I worked in this position for a year and built incredible relationships with those I served. Every person at AIM has a piece of me, and I hold dear a piece of them too. Every time I cross paths with someone, it is special.
As we began to face the pandemic, I took a full time job in a residential home. Six months ago, I was offered the manager position of the home in which I was working. I thought long and hard about this because I wanted to be as dedicated and devoted to the residents as possible. I ultimately felt that I could offer what was required of this position, and accepted. The home I manage has become a second home. Working here is extremely rewarding. This type of work does bring with it an emotional toll, but the good far outweighs the tougher days.

My coworkers and I are like a family. We are one team and look out for one another. Everyone has their own strengths on this team. We thrive on what we do well and grow where we need to grow. Together, we have a shared goal of offering the best life possible to the people we support. Every person on our team is here for different reasons and come from different backgrounds, and we are united by our shared goal.

woman with black mask sitting next to man with lightning bolt in his shirt and throwing his head back in laughterI hope that anyone considering working for AIM Services just gives it a chance. You have no idea the impact this will have on you. This can change your life. You will succeed if you give it time and ask questions; learn. I am surprised that not everyone knows about AIM. I share as much as possible with anyone wondering or listening. At AIM, there are multiple opportunities and there is something for everyone. There are flexible schedules and multiple locations where you can work. AIM Services believes in finding the right fit for everyone. It is ok to try something at AIM and find that you are actually meant for another position within the organization. If you try, and give it time, this work is life changing.

Interested in joining the AIM family? Learn more about working for AIM.