Joan Crater is Mom and Surrogate Mom Extraordinaire to residents at BWIC
Joan Crater has 7 children of her own and after 28 years she is retiring from her position at Berks Women In Crisis. She is the longest standing employee at the shelter where she put her degree in social work to good use. She talks about why it was important for her to stay so long and why she didn’t consider it a ‘job’. She led parenting classes for the women in the shelter and says the residents changed her life. Joan says her door was always open, “I wanted the residents to always feel important because they are”. Joan shares memories of the old shelter on 5th Street and the move to a brand new building. She says for the first time all 50 residents to eat a meal together instead of in shifts and sitting with their plate on their lap.