5 Questions: Veronica Boutelle

by Clarissa Mendiola, Donor Cultivation Coordinator

How did you come to GLIDE (why did you seek GLIDE out, when did you start)? As a lifelong resident of the Bay Area I have heard about GLIDE my entire life.  The name Cecil Williams is synonymous with empathy and compassion.  Those two qualities have also driven my work as an advocate for domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking survivors.  I never imagined that I would work at the most well respected non-profit in the Bay Area.  When a position became available at the Cecil Williams House (CW House), I knew I wanted to be a part of an agency that holds the same values that have guided my work for 11 years.  The primary value of GLIDE is radical inclusivity.  This foundation led me to GLIDE.  Finally, I love GLIDE’s idea of recovery; that we are all in recovery for something.  That is grounding and takes out the oppression of ‘helping’ people.  I am not better than you…we all are struggling.

Why are you passionate about your work as Support Services Supervisor? My position as the Case Manager Supervisor sets a framework for the services we provide to the residents at CW House.  I am passionate about this because my goal to is provide high quality client centered services that provide support to residents were they are at.  My belief is that individuals are the architects of their own recovery.  I am passionate about that idea and I believe in that.  My goal is to model authenticity and genuineness.  When resident or clients know you are coming from a real belief rather than just working through a model I believe they are more inclined to accept the support being offered.

What do you believe about an individual’s capacity to change and transform? I could not have been able to do this work for the last 11 years if I did not believe in change and transformation.  In fact, I believe in resiliency.  A person’s ability to see their own resilience is the key to change.  My goal is to empower clients to tap into their resilience and acknowledge the strengths they bring to their recovery.  It is my belief that when we focus on someone’s deficit, we miss opportunities for true change and never see the resilient spirit that is inherent to us all.

What part of GLIDE to you carry with you wherever you go?
No matter where I am the GLIDE’s Core Values follow me.  I believe in them even when it is hard and may feel like it is easier not to.

What inspires you? The clients/residents inspire me.  My favorite time is in the morning when I am greeted by the residents that sip their morning coffee in the Solarium.  I get hugs and smiles…that drives and inspires me every day.  A simple smile.

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One comment on “5 Questions: Veronica Boutelle
  1. Robin and Rich Ramon says:

    Dearest Veronica, I know it is your birthday today and your uncle and I wish for you all the best. I hope you know that. All our love, Auntie Robin
    P.S. We googled you!

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Join GLIDE at the SF @marchforourlives this Saturday to support young people in demanding #GunControlNow! We'll meet at GLIDE at noon and walk to Civic Center together. Where your GLIDE gear if you have it, and click the link in our profile to read more about why gun control is a priority advocacy issue at GLIDE.
#marchforourlives #parkland #enough #IWillMarch @momsdemand @bradybuzz @sfmagazine @sfchronicle @theonj3 @angelabrown17 @sf_interfaith Today, GLIDE Harm Reduction partnered with @sfaidsfound, SFDPH and SF Homeless Outreach Team to conduct a health care pop-up at a homeless encampment. It was a great community effort and the Harm Redux crew reports that the residents of the camp really appreciated that we were there for them. GLIDE provided HIV/Hep C Testing and counseling. In spite of the rain, 21 people used our testing services, and many more just came to us to talk about their drug use and receive harm reduction counseling.
We're grateful to this crew! Left to right: Paul Harkin, Amber Taylor, Bill Buehlman and Jason Norelli. #rainorshine #harmreduction #healthcareisahumanright #gettested #healthcareforall GLIDE Church invites you to stand up for smart, sensible gun control laws at the San Francisco March For Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24!
WHO: GLIDE Church. And YOU!
WHAT: SF March For Our Lives
WHERE: We will meet at GLIDE at noon and then walk over to Civic Center Plaza together as a group.
WHY: Our children should not have to live in fear of gun violence AT ALL, much less at school. Our teachers should not have to add "taking a bullet" to their job descriptions. We raise our voices in solidarity and demand a safer, more peaceful future for our children, our teachers and our country.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24. The rally starts at 1:00 pm, but we will meet at GLIDE at noon!
Additionally, we will make posters for the rally THIS SUNDAY on March 18 after the 11:00 am Celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact our beloved Rev. Angela Brown at abrown@glide.org
#ENOUGH #Guncontrol #gunsense #safeschools #parkland #columbine #LasVegas #marchforourlives  @womensmarch @womensmarchbayarea @momsdemand @gabbygiffords @100daysaction @bayresistance @glidefycc @kaye_foster @everytown On Wednesday, the children & teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center (FYCC) joined thousands of other students across the nation in the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our FYCC teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #GunControlNow and safety in our schools is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a compassionate and powerful act of solidarity with the #Parklandhighschool students & all victims of school shootings.
Gun control is also a crucial advocacy issue for GLIDE — fighting for our children's education, well-being and their very lives is a direct application of our values and one of the most meaningful efforts to get involved in today.

Much love and support to FYCC and to all the young people across the country who raised their fists in defiance, resistance and mourning. We are with you.
@glidefycc @bayresistance @momsdemand @cityhallsf @100daysaction #keepchildrensafe #safeschools #banassaultweapons #forthekids #ENOUGH #rainorshine

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