But her hours of work don’t stop when she leaves there for the day, as she is on call 24 hours a day and ready to jump in to help if something unexpected occurs at one of the two residential care facilities she works for in Fort Dodge.
As the residential program leader at the centers, she provides several services to those suffering from mental illness, intellectual disability or has had a brain injury. Looking for new ways to assist them to be more self reliant is the principle that makes her keep going on.
She has been doing the job as a residential program leader since 2000, and says she has seen many people overcome their obstacles and ultimately move out of a LifeWorks facility and live a residence of their own.
She is one of three residential program leaders on the Lifeworks staff and as such is in charge of two facilities in Fort Dodge, named Ashford and Aspen, that house 14 people and has a staff of 12.
About half her work is recordkeeping and paperwork, while the other half is meeting with staff and residents to talk about how LifeWorks can help them to meet their goals. She also is in contact with the residents’ other family members, and works with case managers who are Webster County Department of Community Services employees who oversee all of the services that are provided.
Training is a huge part of the job and she has to keep up her skills, as well as those of her staff. To do that, they have training sessions every month. Lind is also responsible for making sure the two houses are safe and sanitary.
Lind says it is a “natural fit” for her.