Meet Fred Bowden
Q. Tell me a little about yourself. Describe your background and how long you have worked for the agency.
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University in 1998. After graduating college, I taught Exceptional Student Education for Hillsborough County Schools for 2 years before coming to work at Positive Spin where I have been employed for the last 17 years.
Q. How do you help families?
I help families by addressing and overcoming whatever barriers in their lives are keeping them from moving forward in life. I assist families with developing an Individual Course of Action plan and then making sure they are actively working on their goals by providing resources, support, encouragement and whatever else they need may need to successfully accomplish their goals so that when their time in the program ends, they are hopefully in a better position than when they entered the program.
Q. Why do you do what you do?
I have been so blessed in my life with a great natural support system and I love to provide guidance and support to those who come to us looking for change and have not had the same advantages or support systems that I have been blessed with in my life.
Q. Why should I care about what you do for families?
By connecting the families we serve with resources and supports that will address their needs and goals, it is our agency’s goal that these connections will lead to long lasting positive outcomes for the families. These positive outcomes should only encourage them to continue being productive citizens in the community and also model this pattern for their children. The more productive citizens working and providing for their families, the more our entire community benefits because people are self-sufficient.
Q. How has a family's life changed because of you?
With Positive Spin’s assistance, a single mother with 3 children was able to move out of an income based apartment complex, which was not a very safe environment for the family, especially for the youngest child in the home who was having behavioral challenges at home and in school. The new apartment was bigger than the previous and in a safer neighborhood with fewer distractions for the child. The school that he transferred to had better services to address the child’s academic and behavioral needs. Between Positive Spin and Hillsborough County Health and Social Services, the family received the first 2 months of rental assistance as the mother was just starting a new job. In addition to the new apartment, the family was connected with resources to obtain furniture for their home and even a desktop computer.