Females on the Front Lines Feature: Paula Pratt
Q: When did you join YWCA?
A: I joined the YWCA as part of the merger with Cogswell Hall March 1, 2020. I have been at Cogswell Hall for 2 years.
Q: What is your current role at YWCA?
A: Director of Property Management.
Q: How has COVID-19 impacted your day-to-day?
A: I’ve seen the crisis impact residents at Cogswell in a broad range of ways. With many program participants struggling with mental health issues and challenges, the change of routine, the uncertainty and the stay at home order have caused great difficulty.
Q: What does it mean to you to be on the front lines of this pandemic?
A: To be on the front lines during this pandemic has meant everything to me. While it has been challenging mentally and physically, the smiles and genuine appreciation from those we support has made it all worth it. I am incredibly fortunate that I have been able to continue to serve without fear for my own health. I have found strength in co-workers and seen this team work against incredible odds at times.
Q: What are you doing for self-care?
A: For self-care, I often try to take time to unplug. I’ve found that with so many of my favorite musicians doing live webcast shows, I’m able to drift away with some live music and candles lit in the living room. Stress on the “try” part as some days don’t afford a good break. But it’s all worth it and things will eventually ease up to allow for some time off.
Q: How can the community support your work?
A: Support from the community has already been amazing. However, we still need more masks and hand sanitizer.
LET’S CELEBRATE WOMEN
Do you want to honor a female on the front lines? Make a gift to YWCA today and support our staff who are working to ensure everyone has access to safe and affordable housing. You can also use the hashtag #FemalesOnTheFrontlines to lift up a woman who inspires you and who is providing essential services during this pandemic.