Helping People….Changing Lives

It is said that difficult times often bring out the best in people, and that is very true for the Head Start staff at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. COI provides essential services during these challenging times, and all staff members who work with customers are required to wear masks, as are children over the age of 2. This is where the Head Start Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) team jumped in to help.

Many years before coming to work at COI, Wendy Miller, ERSEA Compliance Specialist, worked as a costume designer/seamstress with Disney and Universal Studios. When her supervisor, Leeanne Sebouhian asked her if she would be willing to help make masks for COI staff, Wendy gladly accepted the challenge. “I chose to do this as my way to contribute to the cause to keep as many people as safe as possible. It is my way to help flatten the curve. As long as I can keep getting materials I will keep doing this,” says Wendy.

The ERSEA team, which also includes Amy Pace and Nancy Beeler, have been working together to help create and distribute the masks to employees at COI. And since COI is also providing center-based care to children of Head Start parents who are also considered essential, it isn’t just the employees who are getting the masks. The team is also making and distributing masks to the children who are attending on-site and their families.
From all of us at COI, we would like to thank Leeanne and Wendy, and the rest of the ERSEA team for all of your hard work, dedication, and compassion for your co-workers, customers, and our community. #staystrong!!