When Margaret Dickey first joined Oaklawn as a case manager in 2004, “I felt at home right away. I felt a sense of family.”
After two years, Margaret decided to pursue a Master of Social Work at Smith College in Massachusetts. She received a small scholarship from Oaklawn (a precursor to Oaklawn’s current Education Assistance awards), and it “was nice to know that they really valued my work,” she said. She interned in Los Angeles and Boston before returning to Oaklawn in 2008 as a Team Leader.
Then in 2014, she became an adult therapist. Because Oaklawn is a National Health Service Corps-approved site, her new clinical role made her eligible for the NHSC’s loan repayment program. Since 2014, she’s received tens of thousands of dollars to help pay back student loans.
The work is fast-paced and rewarding, she says. She enjoys the autonomy and freedom to be creative with her clients. She also appreciates Oaklawn’s investment in each employee’s professional development. She’s pursuing a certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
Most of all, she still loves the people.
“I still have the same feeling I had when I started, it feels like a second family,” she said. “That makes it easy to come to work every day.”