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[JOB OPENING] Advocate, San Leandro Office.

[VIDEO] Marta Ordaz is DCARA’s longest DCARA employee, going on her 39th year. She shares her secret on her longevity and the reason why she enjoyed working at DCARA this long.

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My name is Marta (sign name).
I have worked for DCARA for about…
39 years… It has been a while.
I was born in Mexico and then I moved to
America when I was five years old
in a city called Livermore which
was a small town with just 2 or 3…
major wine vineyards but now we have–
oh wow, over forty!
Livermore is now considered as another
Napa Valley wine country, yeah…
Now I love living here in Livermore
I also grew up here in Livermore. I went to
public school and there was no interpreter—
So I missed a lot of information, wow –
That was unfortunate part of my life
where I didn’t have access to sign language
or an interpreter…
I went to Deaf School at age 16 for two
years and then I graduated.
I went to Gallaudet University and
graduated with a Social Work degree
After that, I moved back home.
How did I find out about DCARA?
My Vocational Rehabilitation counselor
suggested that I apply for a job there
as an Independent Living Skills Specialist.
I felt it was relevant to my degree –
So I applied for the job but I didn’t get it.
I decided to volunteer for about a month.
And then that position was open again
so I reapplied. I got interviewed and hired.
Guess who interviewed me?
Marilyn Smith… Yes, Marilyn Smith!
and Claire Ellis. Those two got me this job
that I still have today.
This job has given me a lot of experience
being involved in different aspects of our community. For example, the educational
system, prison system, court system,
psychiatry system, hospital/medical system —
All of them… I mean, it is amazing.
I am always learning and I don’t get bored.
If I was working in one area, I don’t think –
I could last this long.

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