FOR THE PUBLIC: Jonelle Jordan, Nevada City
My job title: Senior victim advocate for the Elder Abuse Advocacy and Outreach Program
What I do in my job: Assist elder and dependent adults who are the victims of crime and provide education to the community about preventing elder/dependent adult abuse. It’s OK for people to call me at 470-2770 if they need help.
Why my job is important to the public: Abuse of seniors and dependent adults is on the rise around the country and right here at home. We need an educated public to help prevent the victimization of some of our most vulnerable citizens.
The special skills and talents I bring to my job: Empathy, the ability to listen, and an understanding of the dynamics of this type of abuse.
The best part of my job is when: I tell a victim I can help them.
The part of my job that I like least is: When criminals are set free.
A day of work I’ll always remember was…. : When the fire in Nevada City burned down the building we worked in.
How I got my job: A rigorous application/interview and background check process.
How long I’ve been working here: One-plus years.
My dream job would be: This exact job with the same people, just fewer hours.
My family: My husband, Tim, and son, Seth, at home; my daughter, Alexandra, at Yuba College; daughter, Melissa, her husband, Rich, and their children, Trevor and Hannah; son, Rick and his wife, Jana, and their new baby, Olivia.
My hobbies: Reading, racquetball (when my ankle heals), and visiting with good friends.
When I was a kid, I … : Lived in Miami.
If money were no object, I would: Start a charitable foundation so our nonprofits wouldn’t have to worry when the state can’t get a budget passed.
My dream vacation: Taking my extended family on a cruise.
If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Barbra Streisand.
The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My husband and children.
My hero: My husband, who has bounced back from a heart attack a year ago.
The best book I’ve read lately was (and tell us why): “The Power of Now.” An amazing book that stimulated much important thought for me.
The soundtrack to my life would include these songs: Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville’s “Don’t Know Much”; the Cranberries’ “Dreams”; Sting’s “Fields of Gold”; and “Amazing Grace.”
I like living in Nevada County because … : Of the natural beauty that surrounds us, and now the memories and friends made from raising a family here.
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