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Staff Profile: Tiffany Martinez

Tiffany Martinez, Care Coordinator at BronxWorks Community Health Home, helps put her clients on a path to a stable and healthy life. She meets with clients in their homes, arranges medical appointments, helps them with housing issues, and connects them to resources they might not have known existed.

Tiffany also remembers the little things, like her clients' birthdays. "I called a client recently and said, 'Sam,* do you know what day it is tomorrow? It's your birthday!'" Tiffany wants more than stability for her clients, she wants to make them happy.
 
Tiffany started at BronxWorks nearly five years ago, not long after she received her Bachelor's from New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn. While in school, Tiffany worked at a storage facility and did not have a background in non-profit work.
 
"BronxWorks helped me start my career. I was grateful they took a chance with me," she says.

Tiffany's favorite part of her job is watching her clients grow. "I love seeing the progress that my clients make," she says. Sam, the client mentioned earlier, was a particularly successful case for Tiffany. Sam was referred to BronxWorks as a frequent Emergency Room visitor. When Tiffany first met her, Sam was reluctant to seek medical attention for her substance abuse issues. Tiffany persuaded Sam to get help. Tiffany also coordinated Sam's medical appointments, spoke with her about substance abuse, and worked with the BronxWorks Homeless Outreach Team on her housing situation. Now, Sam is living independently in Brooklyn, and is grateful to Tiffany for all of her help.

"I really appreciate getting acknowledgements from
the clients. Sometimes we may be their only support,"
Tiffany says.
 
Growing up, she always knew she wanted to help people as an adult and is very empathetic. Tiffany is considering attending graduate school for Social Work. When she's not assisting clients, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her nine-year-old daughter.
 
*Client name has been changed.

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Click below to read the 40 BronxWorks Stories that highlighted our 40th anniversary year

#40 Carolyn McLaughlin – One Family Meets Another

#39 Robin Hood and BronxWorks – Synergy in Fighting Poverty

#38 The BronxWorks Board of Directors: Time, Talent, Treasure, and Terrific!

#37 Betances Community Center Advisory Board: “We have PhDs in ‘street’!”

#36 20+ Years of Careers in Service at BronxWorks

#35 Camila R. – By helping another, she helped herself

#34 Jean Smith – A Lifetime of Caring and Lifting Lives

#33 BronxWorks Partners: These Landlords are Building Futures and Community

#32 FEPS – Reducing fear, confusion, and homelessness

#31 Horatio G. – Building his future through language

#30 BronxWorks Blue Waves – Swimming for Fun, Fitness & the Future

#29 Abubacar W. – Big Steps for a Little Boy

#28 Bedtime Stories – Lifting lives through reading & caring

#27 Tyrese M. – “I get another family”

#26 Eva M. – Intra-agency collaboration results in happiness and a home

#25 KC, Shannon, & Christopher – Making Children’s Lives Better

#24 Veronica, NCJW, and HIPPY – “Not alone in this journey through life”

#23 Maria R. – A 23-hour bus ride and her faith saved her life

#22 Ronald G. – "Crossing a bridge to better health and stability"

#21 Stephanie M. – From Attitude to Aptitude

#20 "Reweaving the social fabric of a neighborhood"

#19 Catherine M. – "I'm not a sit-down kind of person!"

#18 Judy Leonard – A Letter to BronxWorks Friends

#17 Rachea C. – Achieving Milestones, Step by Step

#16 Eric Hill – Miles & Music

#15 BronxWorks and Super Storm Sandy – Dedication, stamina, and grace personified

#14 Milagros R. – One dress, many dreams

#13 Heights seniors take the healthy lead

#12 Nidia R. – Minor repairs = major relief

#11 Homeless Outreach Team – Feeling Connected to the World

#10 Cristina, Raymond, Crisbelly & Aaron – Growing up at BronxWorks

#9 Jeniffer M. – From the South Bronx to South Africa: the visit of a lifetime that almost didn't happen

#8 Nathaniel S. – "I'm right there beside you"

#7 Diana S. – Overcoming tragedy: "I'm still here"

#6 Irodney P. – "I want to earn it not have it handed to me"

#5 Natividad C. – A bond of mutual respect and genuine affection

#4 Michael J. – "What was given to me was given freely"

#3 Kathryn Speller – Retiring from work, not her passions

#2 Alfredo C. – "Thanks to you, Dad"

#1 Jonathan P. – Striving for Excellence

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