By: Katie Shpak, University Writer
2017 Post Alumna Tabitha “Tabby” Brown is now a Shoreline Diversionary Specialist at the Beth-El Center in Milford, CT. Brown earned her bachelor’s degree in human services with a minor in counseling.
Prior to earning her degree, Brown shares a little insight into what sparked her desire to earn her degree. “One day, I just woke up and realized that I did not want to work three jobs for the rest of my life. I am a single mother of two, and I have only ever been a “mom.” And while I love being a mom, I wanted to be more than that.”
Brown knew she had a passion for helping others. She was a teacher’s assistant from 2010-2014, working one on one with students. In 2014, she became a paraprofessional for special education students in the North Branford School District.
That same year, while working full-time as a paraprofessional, Brown started taking courses toward her degree. During her final semester, Brown began an internship program with the Community Dining Room (CDR) as a Program Coordinator in order to complete her degree requirements. As part of her internship, she provided program services for participants, managed fundraising events, created schedules for the CDR, as well as many other responsibilities that amounted to a total of 180 hours.
“It was difficult to manage family time with my schoolwork, but the professors at Post were fabulous. They were willing to work with me and my schedule, and it motivated me to keep going and finish my degree,” said Brown.
From 2017-2019, Brown was a manager at Sarah Tuxis Residential and Community Services in Guilford, CT, where she oversaw ten residential group homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities. In March 2019, she began working at the CDR, where she completed her internship, as a Volunteer/Program Coordinator.
“Earning my degree has allowed me the opportunity to have a career and to continue to advance,” said Brown.
As of July 2020, Brown took on her new role as a Divisionary Specialist; she will be helping homeless individuals find housing, food and services within their communities.
“There are currently five diversion specialists focusing on different areas of Connecticut, and the goal is to continue expanding and evolving as an organization. I am excited for this journey and to evolve alongside the company,” said Brown.