Susie Swanson: Opening new doors of discovery and fulfillment
Embracing new experiences is key to living a fulfilling life. Making those experiences happen is what drives Susie Swanson. As Group Program Director at Coleman House, she makes sure residents have activities that are engaging, stimulating and, most of all, fun.
From lectures and discussion groups to performances, creative activities and celebrations, Susie is always brainstorming new ways to help Coleman residents expand their horizons. Ideas for programs often come from the participants themselves—Susie stays in close touch with residents to learn what sparks their interest. And she coordinates with her Program Director peers across 2Life to share ideas and experiences.
2Life is a multicultural community and Susie leans into that diversity, organizing events that celebrate different cultures. For example, during Chinese New Year, Coleman residents were treated to a performance of the traditional lion dance.
“I’m so proud of our residents, who really embrace the different cultures and languages within our community,” Susie says.
Susie has a knack for organizing the many details that go into a successful program, including lining up outside vendors or performers well in advance. Those skills are especially important for ambitious programs like the Wednesday Program for Learners, a multi-week enrichment program combining education, movement, creative projects, and lunch that is open to residents of other 2Life campuses and the local Newton community.
For Susie, giving 2Life residents the best possible programs is a calling. “I’ve had incredible moments of pure joy with people,” she says. “Any time we can open new doors for people is really meaningful.”