We had the good fortune of connecting with Barbara Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Barbara, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by helping others. In my day to day encounters with others its so inspiring to be able to encourage and motivate others to accomplish their goals. The smile on a single moms face that has obtain child care so that she can maintain her job and continue her education. The excitement of walking a young parents through the process of getting their first savings account. Working with the elders, encouraging them to become active and become health conscious. Knowing there changes has been a positive change in another human’s life, gives me motivation to create more programs, activities and funding resources for the community.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have a career as a Community Resident Service Coordinator. My duties consist of supportive services to low income communities.. Supporting the residents of the community with resources of housing, food, employment, education, finances, individual & family counseling, My old fashion work ethics, passion, dedication and persistence sets me apart from others. Currently I am proud of the collaborative partnership with Partners for Home agency. With this program in place I’m able to assist with housing those transitioning out of homelessness into permanent residency. Once housed, I assist with employment and education. I accomplished my professional position with hard work and dedication. No, it has not been easy. I over came my challenges by accepting my failures, reassessing my failures and regrouping.. I’ve learned simply being passionate about people and the community, it can provide positive opportunities and outcomes I’ll like the world to know, I pride myself on being a genuine person and that I love my communities and the people.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A best friend visiting, I would take them to The Botanical Garden, Bike Ride on Belt Line and dine at one of the eateries on the Belt Line. Week Itinerary; 1st Day – Stay Home Watch Movies and Prep Home Made Meal 2nd Day: Breakfast at Flying Biscuit – Civil Rights Museum – Lunch at Old Lady Gang 3rd Day: Brunch at Folk Art – Day at High Museum – Late Dinner at Cafe Intermzzo 4th Day: Sleep In – Home Catered Brunch – Hike Trails at St. Mountain 5th Day; Breakfast Chick Fil A – Ride to Air Port
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Flynann (Flynn) Janisse, Executive Director of Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation Brenda Williams, Human Service Director of HOSEA