New Social Worker at Safe House
Like every organisation, Safe House goes through seasons and changes. Saying goodbye to our resident social worker, Blanche is tough. She’s been like family and we are sad to see her go, but so proud of her for taking a big step to further her career. We wish her the very best.
Young, vibrant Carla Senekal is our newly appointed social worker and we are thrilled to welcome her into the Safe House fold.
We interviewed her so that everyone could get to know her too! Read the interview.
Why did you decide to become a social worker?
I grew up in a home where my parents were a place of safety. From a small age I was exposed to children who were given up for adoption, as well as people in need. I always knew that I wanted to help restore people’s lives. I have a heart for people and to speak up for those that can’t speak for themselves. Social work is where the “shoe hits the tar” – it’s a hands on work, with the reality. I want to change the root of the problem and help to change people’s lives through art, play and creativity. I have decided to take the Social Worker road, because I want to bring hope, knowledge and skills to those in need and to be the voice for people who can’t speak for themselves.
What drew you to apply for the position at Safe House?
The first thing that caught my attention was the fact that it was Christian based. I feel that we are God’s hands and feet on the earth, we can do the basics, therapy and give love, support and understanding, but only God can heal from the inside out. The fact that I can support and help with the healing process, through creativity, craft, play and just being there drew me to this position at the Safe House.
What difference do you hope to make?
I would like to influence and change the women and children’s view of the future and to give them hope. I would like to show them what real love is, and learn them, that there is a plan for their life, and that it is a good and wonderful plan.
Do you have any hobbies, what are they?
I like the outdoors and horse riding. I like to be creative and do anything to explore with new projects and creative ideas. I like to do gardening renovations. Coffee dates are definitely also one of my favourite pastimes and spending time with friends and family.
Where’s your happy place?
The outdoors, in nature, with friends or family.
What healthy coping mechanisms do you advise people to use when they are stressed?
Don’t keep it in side, if you feel like crying- cry, talk- talk or write- write- don’t keep it to yourself and bottle it up. Do something you love to do, if it is cleaning, cooking, drawing etc., and do it. Give yourself time to heal, by doing the things you love.
Do you have a super power?
Not only to the moon and look at our beautiful world and stars, BUT… to Fly over traffic jams:-)
Are you a coffee or tea person?
White chocolate or dark chocolate?
Is there a quote / saying that best describes your life’s philosophy?
Every new season of your life will be an opportunity for you to learn and grow. Don’t celebrate the good without celebrating the bad because they both work together to prepare you for the next season of your life – Theresa Lewis.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Be faithful in the little things.
Thank you, Carla!