Renee Sweeney

Renee Sweeney

Family Support Worker

Why did you choose Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area?

I enjoy spending time with children and teens and helping them navigate their childhood.

If you had to give a 2-minute elevator speech on what you do every day, what would you say?

I believe that parents in today’s society need to spend more time being the parents and not their child’s friend. That being said, when your child grows up and is an adult and wants to be your friend then you’ve done a good job! However, children need their parents to be the captain of the ship and not the passenger/buddy.

What is the favorite part of working in the mental health field?

It helps me appreciate what I have and not to sweat the small stuff as much.

What is the favorite part of your job?

I love to play board games! Board games can help children learn and understand so many lessons and milestones in one's development, this is a huge tool that I use as a Family support worker and in turn a huge win for me.s

Who has had the most influence on your work career?

My family, and my childhood most influenced the path of my career.

What is your favorite quote?

I have two!!

“Don’t cry because its over. SMILE because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss
“Those who can’t hear must feel.” -Dr. Jamaican Proverb

If you could meet someone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I would love to see or spend even 5 more minutes with either of my parents.

People would be surprised if they knew I….

That I will be married 25 years come this August.

If you could pick a superpower what would it be?

I wish I had a time-turner and the ability to stop time. Then I would never be late anywhere.

Favorite Food?

Italian Food, generally anything with pasta.

Weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

The weirdest this I have ever eaten is Turducken

What is the most interesting place that you've visited?

The most interesting place I have been is Alcatraz.

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