Staff Spotlight: Derrick MartinezJanuary 25, 2017
Sweetheart Dance 2017 ShowcaseFebruary 28, 2017
If you have ever visited ARCH on a weekday morning you will probably have met our morning receptionist CJ. Describing herself as “Part of a military family so from everywhere”, CJ, mother of 4, has been involved in ARCH for over 20 years, first as a volunteer , and later employed here as the receptionist, a driver and one of the Kitchen Coodinators for events.
Known also as “Grace’s Mom”, CJ always brings a smile to our mornings. We asked CJ more about her connection to ARCH:
How long have you been involved in ARCH?
I’ve been involved for about 20 years since my daughter Grace starting working at ARCH. Initially I volunteered and spent time here talking and socializing with people. I went to Diamondbacks games, helped with cooking and helped on the Front Desk. Eventually they hired me and now I still do all those things but I also drive participants to and from home. Hanni and I oversee the cooking for most of the ARCH events and proms. I also go on camping trips. On the Front Desk I check people in as they arrive and liaise with all the Dial-a-ride drivers. I answer the phones and answer people’s questions.
Tell me more about the driving you do for ARCH?
Well, I used to drive an 18 wheeler truck - a Big Rig – for a living, so I’m used to driving! I drive some of the kids in the After-School Program at ARCH, in the mornings and afternoons.
What do you love about ARCH?
Seeing the progress that the clients make, learning how to do things. I enjoy seeing what they can do over time.
Where do you see ARCH being in 10 years time?
Bigger and Better!
CJ has always been an amazing and wonderful blessing to Jimmie and I. She’s awesome!
Debbie Wright and Jimmie Cherry