Much has changed at Rockbridge Area Community Services since Carol Burke joined the staff 30 years ago this month: the size of the agency, the scope of the services offered, the number and locations of its facilities. In her time at RACS she has worked out of six different offices.
Carol has not only been employed at RACS since 1988; she is that rare individual who has held the same position for three decades and is still going strong. After stints elsewhere as a group home manager and preschool teacher, she found the right career fit as RAISE manager at RACS and has never even applied for another job.
As manager of RAISE, her commitment and quiet strength have shaped the RACS program that each year provides early intervention supports and services to about 140 families with special needs infants and toddlers—young children who have developmental delays or disabilities, or who are at high risk for delay. Recognizing families as the primary agents of change in their child’s development, under Carol's leadership RAISE partners with each family, supporting them in ways that empower them to help their kids achieve their potential.
The one thing that has not changed through the years? The babies and the families Carol works with. They are a joy, and a big part of what has kept her going.
Another major source of satisfaction resides in her colleagues. “We have a good group of people who are very talented,” she said. “Everyone likes what they do and is focused on the work.”
At its meeting on May 23, RACS Board Chair Sara Vasura, on behalf of the entire board, commended and thanked Carol for her 30 years of achievement and service at RACS.