In her 36 years at the Human Service Center, Joni Chandler has been able to have a positive impact on countless lives.
With an open house for her retirement held on June 26 and her official last day on July 2, Chandler met with the North County News recently to reflect on her career.
Chandler’s career at the Human Service Center (HSC) was done in two parts.
She first started at in 1979, as a nurse in the social setting detox program. She advanced to working as a residential coordinator for the residential substance abuse program in Red Bud until it closed.
After working for 12 1/2 years, Chandler left HSC in 1991, going back to school to pursue a degree to advance her career.
In 1995, she returned to HSC, starting in a part time counseling position. In June of that year, she became the director of the day services program.
Chandler’s current title is director of developmental disabilities, and under her direction is the center’s day service program and the residential program, as well as the production workshop, transportation and maintenance.
In the day program, individuals with developmental disabilities attend five days a week. The residential program is home to eight individuals with developmental disabilities.
While she really enjoys working with the day program clients, Chandler noted that she will always have a special place in her heart for the substance abuse program as well. “It could be frustrating, but very rewarding.”
For more on Chandler, please see this week’s print edition.