Mainstream Living

Employee Spotlight

This month, we'll be featuring a few of the staff who work at our Residential Care Facility for Persons with Mental Illness, otherwise known as Fremont.  This 11-bed facility provides traditional structures and supports to individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness. 

Fred Morrow: 

What brought you to Mainstream? 
I was looking for a job to utilize my CMA in the Des Moines area and my sister mentioned Mainstream Living. I applied to a lot of places, but Mainstream called me first. I almost passed because of the monthly pay period, but accepted and have enjoyed working here since.
What is your favorite thing about work? 
My amazing coworkers and my clients, all of whom make my day on a regular basis.
How do you spend your time outside of work? 
I hand out with my three legged cat Winnipeg, reading and watching television whilst we discuss world issues.
What is something that employees may not know about you? 
I suffer a crippling addiction...to coffee! All the baristas in all the coffee bars in Ames know my name and order.
Favorite color: Orange. Soul-searing orange
Favorite food: French dip sandwiches or prime rib
Favorite song or music: I really enjoy the Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes and Jenny Lewis. I have seen them all at least 5 times! I also love the Downtown Boys, Idles and Katie Sin.

Megan Fister: 

What brought you to Mainstream?
I came to Mainstream to explore the mental health side of health care.
What is your favorite thing about work? 
I enjoy seeing the residents succeed with their goals.
How do you spend your time outside of work? 
I enjoy reading, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.
What is something that employees may not know about you? 
I used to own my own mechanics business with my ex.  We ran it for about two years, then we moved out of town so we retired the business. I also went to school for computers.  I don't tell people about this because then everyone wants you to fix their cars and computers for free.
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite food: Mexican food
Favorite song or music: I enjoy all music.  I appreciate artists’ vision and passions no matter the genre.

Samantha Hope

What brought you to Mainstream?
I was interested in continuing a career that helps/serves people, but wanted a new atmosphere outside of a nursing home. I've heard great things about Mainstream and thought it sounded like just what I was looking for.
What is your favorite thing about work? 
I enjoy getting to know the members and doing what I can to help them work towards and achieve their goals.
How do you spend your time outside of work? 
I spend my time outside of work with my family and being outside.
What is something that employees may not know about you? 
I have four brothers and three sisters.
Favorite color: Pink and turquoise
Favorite food: I love all kinds of pasta!
Favorite song or music: I listen to just about every kind of music depending on what mood I am in.

 

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