As a SOME employee for over 27 years, Jason Ginevan’s journey within the organization has been nothing short of extraordinary! His story is a testament to the impact that a nonprofit like SOME can have on the lives of others, as well as the professional growth that can happen within the organization.
Jason first heard of SOME in 1992 from an employee of Exodus House who shopped at the grocery store where he worked. His first volunteer experience was at the Annual Alumni Picnic, and from then on, he knew he wanted to be a part of the organization. He became the first cook for the Maya Angelou House program in 1996 and eventually transitioned to a driver position, which allowed him to engage more with clients and learn more SOME’s programs.
With the support and encouragement of some of the clinical team staff, Jason enrolled into West Virginia University to pursue an education in counseling. In 1999, he obtained certification as a substance abuse counselor and was promoted to a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counselor position the following year. He remained in this position for several years and was eventually promoted to Senior Counselor, which included some supervisory responsibilities. In 2013, he was offered the opportunity to manage the Behavioral Health Services clinic at SOME’s 60 O. St. NW location.
Jason’s role continued to evolve as he was promoted to Senior Director over several properties in 2014. After managing Bedford Falls for a year, he was offered the chance to return to Exodus House and Maya Angelou House as the Senior Director, a position he had dreamed of. A few years later, his role changed to Vice President of SUD services, and in July 2022, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of SUD Services.
As he witnessed the growth of SOME under the leadership of Fr. John Adams, SOME’s former president, Jason has seen the organization expand its footprint in DC while increasing its services and making a significant impact on the lives of many. He has adapted and grown professionally to meet the changing needs of the organization and has played a critical role in the success of the SUD continuum.
Jason’s most memorable experiences and accomplishments include continuing care graduations and alumni picnics. These events celebrate the success, independence, productivity, and belonging of those who have completed the SUD continuum, and it’s a true gift to see the impact that SOME has on these individuals.
To those considering a career at SOME, Jason shared that the work is hard, but the reward of impacting the lives of others is worth it. He hopes to be remembered for his commitment and love for the mission of SOME and SUD service, and for fostering an environment where everyone who comes to SOME can find a haven of hope and help while being treated with dignity and respect.
Finally, Jason honors Fr. John Adams for his leadership and commitment to the most vulnerable. Thanks to him and those who helped execute his vision, lives are being improved every day at SOME. The quote that Jason lives by is “A life not lived for others is not a life” by Maya Angelou. Jason’s 27-year journey with SOME is a true testament to that quote.