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Meet the Program Manager of The Cove: Desiree Whelan

Desiree Whelan

Welcome to our Employee Spotlight series, where we take a moment to recognize the incredible individuals who drive the heartbeat of our organization. Our hope is to shine a light on the diverse talents, unique personalities, and wonderful achievements of the people who make up our treatment community. We invite you to get to know the faces behind Momentum's success stories and learn more about the people who make our workplace a vibrant and dynamic home.


What do you enjoy most about working here?


I love to watch the women foster genuine connection. As a former Cove client and woman in recovery, I know how lonely, hopeless, and all-encompassing addiction can feel. It is an honor to be a part of our client’s journey as they create lasting friendships, discover hobbies and coping mechanisms, and ultimately re-align with their sense of purpose. It's so cool to watch our women regain that “spark”.


Can you share a memorable moment or achievement during your time at the company?


A lot of my fondest memories include cooking and baking with the women. The Anchor women learned how to make pickles one day for recreational therapy. That was great. I absolutely love it when alumni reach out to me for recipes of dishes we made together. Also, passing my CADC exam was a huge personal achievement that cemented my commitment to this career.


Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?


I love to cook, bake, and eat! I’m extremely passionate about food in general. On weekends I can be found in my kitchen, playing loud music and spending hours creating dishes. It is definitely my creative outlet. I love trying new pop-ups, restaurants, and food trucks around the Wilmington area. I also enjoy thrifting, live music, interior design, and spending time with my sweet cat Joey.


If you could give one piece of advice to new employees, what would it be?


I would say to not take things personally. The work our clients are doing with us is incredibly difficult. As a result, our clients are going to have hard days, and it's up to us to show up the same for them regardless. Most importantly, lead with kindness, understanding, and empathy at the forefront of all of your actions and interactions.