Tonya Edwards

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    How long have you been at CALM?

    I was hired at the end of 1998 as the first staff person in Lompoc. I went on to have 3 daughters and went on maternity leave with each one…So I have worked with CALM for about 16 plus years, off and on.

    What is your role at CALM?

    I am a Family Development Specialist in Lompoc. I work on a team that does it all, HOPE, IIH, PEI, CPP and the NOCO cases.

    Please share one of your best CALM experiences (a time you felt like you really made a difference.)

    Gosh I have so many stories.  Since I have been with CALM for such a long time,  I have clients that are adults now and see them in town and get to meet their families. One client, I used to work her in her foster home. She was a very angry young girl. After forming a relationship with her, she had once said “Everyone has let me down, Tonya. I want to believe that they will get better but I don’t see how that can happen.” I remember telling her after we talked about what that feels like, “I know that right now…life is hard, but I believe in you and I know you can make it.” Fast forward 10 years..I see her in town. She sees me and gives me the biggest hug. She informs me that she graduated high school and finished college. She went on to introduce me to her husband who is in the military and told me that they are expecting there first child in 5 months. She introduced me to her husband as being the one person who believed in her. She added that when she makes a decision she often says “What would Tonya say about this?”

    Finish the sentence. “If I could do one thing to make kids’ lives better, I would….”

    Continue coming to work. Continue to take “The challenging” cases.

    What is one thing you wish people knew about CALM?

    CALM is an amazing organization. I work with and among Superheros. Our teams, in the different locations, come to the table with an AMAZING array of talents to help our kids. We all have a heart for CALM and the children and families that we serve.

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