Jessica Houlihan, CDP, CADDCT
Has a pet goat
Avid pool player
Loves the arts
I started my career as a caregiver when I was just out of high school. I started providing respite, habilitation, and attendant care services to special needs children, in their homes. A few months after falling in love with caregiving, I got a job at Gilbert High School as a Paraprofessional Specialist in the MDSSI self contained classroom. This is where I learned all of my hands on skills. Most of my students were wheelchair bound and needed assistance with all their ADL’s. I learned physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
After 16 years, I left and became a case aide for Baio Enterprises. I stayed there for a year before I found a position at Child and Family Support Services as a Family and Communities Team Facilitator. I gained my BHT and helped transition youth and teens who were in the behavioral health hospitals for hurting themselves or others, back into their homes. I essentially was a crisis interventionist and taught these youth the coping skills they needed to control their behavior. I was there for a year and half before I left to gain management experience. I got a new job with an agency, similar to Suland. I became a Case Manager, in which I did all of the client assessments and office work. It was my first job in senior care and again, I found a new love. This company started to head in another direction. I had met Traci a few months prior and reached out to her to see if she had any openings. I was elated when she offered me a position at Sunland Home Care. I felt the stars had just aligned for me at the perfect time, as I’ve never been so happy. I’m still a caregiver for special needs after 20 years. I am even the God Mother to two girls I have been caring for for over 15 years. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to assist, affect, and take care of so many people in my life in a positive way.