Behind The Mission: Chellnise Allen

“I show up for my clients the same way I would want someone to show up for me.”

Chellnise Allen has been with SHC for just over a year, but she has committed to developing authentic relationships with her clients.”

Prior to working with SHC, Chellnise worked with the Boys & Girls Club as a Program Assistant. While studying Social Work in college, Chellnise always knew she wanted to find a way to help others and give back to the community.

When a Case Manager from SHC visited her local Boys & Girls Club, Chellnise was determined to make an introduction. “I don’t have much experience,” she remembers telling her. “But, I have passion.” Shortly after graduating with her Bachelor’s in Social Work, Chellnise was hired on at SHC as a Case Manager.

In her work as a Case Manager for Scattered Sites and St. John’s Place, her day-to-day varies. One day, she may be sourcing food referrals for a client. The next day, she may be helping clients apply for Medicaid or helping them pay a utility bill. While her role requires her to make visits across Charlotte, Chellnise sees it as an opportunity to get to know Charlotte a little better.

One of the most challenging aspects of the role for Chellnise is accepting that she cannot change the world for her clients overnight. “I can’t take away those traumatic experiences they’ve had,” she says. “It’s hard to accept that I can only do so much.” But, one of the most motivating elements of her work is when her clients reach out to her for guidance. “Seeing all that my clients have gone through – and yet they’re still here – that’s a strength,” she says. “That determination is what really inspires me.”

She acknowledges the stigmas our population faces and continues to advocate for them. “We’re all one bad situation from being in their shoes,” she says.

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