Friday, March 11, 2022
All roads are leading to April 18, as our own Brittany Potter is training to run the 126th Boston Marathon to raise funds to help build better, brighter futures for the children of The Home!
As a clinician at The Home’s Southeast Campus, Brittany plays an integral role in the treatment of youth ranging from 10 to 18 years in age. Her job requires remarkable compassion and flexibility, as no two days ever look the same. “There isn’t a ‘typical’ day,” Brittany describes. We do everything from working through IEPs, playing with the kids, running family therapy sessions and doing peer groups to things like going to court with a child or deescalating crises that can come up at any time.”
Through providing multifaceted support, Brittany and her team maintain a structured, safe environment for children who have often experienced unimaginable trauma. The days can be challenging, but witnessing positive, sometimes life-changing, outcomes keeps her passion for the work alive. Brittany deeply appreciates the opportunity to have a hand in helping kids progress to the point where they are ready to move on to their next setting.
As someone who has battled with mental health most of her life, Brittany understands how important it is for adolescents to have a strong support system. “I am fortunate to have made it to the other side,” Brittany says. “Now, with the help of my family and friends, I am a licensed social worker who works directly with people impacted by mental illness.”
Running has also been a powerful tool that helps Brittany cope with anxiety and depression. She has run the Boston Marathon twice before, including as a 21-year-old focused on her own recovery. Ten years later, she is going the 26.2-mile distance alongside her cousin Shannon Mullen, who has also generously joined in the road race to raise funds for The Home. Together, they are supporting The Home’s mission well and above Brittany’s work on campus and putting their feet to pavement for those who are still finding their footing.
Click here to support Brittany’s fundraising goal of $10,000 and help vulnerable kids and families. Thank you for your donation!