Hey y’all. My name is Rachel Stiner and I am the newest Care Coordinator for the CCAHT. My knowledge of HT began at the age of 15, and my desire to combat the issue has not stopped since. I started my part to help, as a mere 15-year-old, by joining the End It Movement and drawing a red X on my hand and car window yearly. My portrayal of the red X led to college papers and speeches being written about HT.. which ultimately led to my desire to begin my journey toward social work. There was only one problem…I had never even heard of social work. Simply enough I googled “careers helping people” and now, 4 years later, here I am; Full knowledge of the definitive wording of social work, but continuing to gain more experience and wisdom every day.
My true “adult” career began after graduating from Lincoln Memorial University with my BSSW. I immediately began a job working with victims of sexual assault and coordinating a SART board. Through this job, I was able to learn of and build connections with the CCAHT, through multiple HT 101 trainings (Thanks Natalie). While I loved my job working with sexual assault survivors, deep down, combatting human trafficking was still what my heart desired. I checked the CCAHT website weekly and even sent emails, inquiring job opportunities. When I saw the opening for Care Coordinator, I thought it was too good to be true. When I got the emails to schedule the interviews I cried. When I got the call that I got the job…my heart literally skipped a beat. I felt bad for Shantel when she gave me the news because all I could do was stutter and cry. I am still overjoyed to be beginning my dream career with the CCAHT. This is just an example of how one should never give up on dreams, because if one keeps pursuing, the dreams will eventually fall into place. Beyond excited for my journey here.
Also: I have a cat named O’Malley (as in Thomas O’Malley, not George), I have a husband named Roy, I have an angel baby named Zeke (RIP), a house without a name, and a love for sunshine, flowers, nature, farmer’s markets, and tacos.