When did you start working at Call to Freedom? And what is your personal and professional journey that led you here?
I joined Call to Freedom in November of 2023.
My background, personally and professionally, reflects what I would describe as my diverse interests. I have always felt led to be of service to others and have tried to embrace however that looked for me throughout my life. I have spent over ten years in the field of social work, eight of which were with another nonprofit organization in Sioux Falls, completing relative home studies. In recent years I operated an in-home daycare and toward the end of that journey, in 2023, I pursued and obtained my real estate license. I love working and connecting with people; hearing their stories, walking alongside them in their journey, and supporting them in their strengths and goals for the future. When I learned about the opportunity for this role, which I believe is a unique blend of my worlds, I was drawn to explore it and see how my experiences and skills could help.
What is your position at CTF & why is it important to the mission?
I am the Housing Navigator with Call to Freedom. This role involves supporting and advocating for clients across South Dakota and assisting them in identifying housing options that align with their circumstances and preferences; becoming a lasting resource for them in their path to healing. It also includes ongoing development of positive community partnerships that will allow growth of the mission and options for those that we serve.
Housing, in my opinion, is a fundamental need from which everything else flows. Connecting clients with a space that they feel safe in and understanding the importance of that and how it weaves into all other aspects of one’s life is something I take great pride in with this role. Call to Freedom’s Continuum of Care model recognizes and supports this in a way that gives our clients a voice and highlights their strengths as they navigate through their experiences.
Why do you believe in the mission of Call to Freedom?
It is a collaborative effort here at Call to Freedom. I once heard the phrase, “ministry of presence”, used when describing what the support of another looked like for someone. What a simple yet powerful notion. Knowing that you’re not alone, that you’re not a reflection of your experiences, and that there are people who believe you and will show up for you is as important as it is meaningful.
What is a moment that sticks out to you from your time working here or why do you feel like it’s meaningful?
It’s difficult to identify just one moment as there have been many so far and I’m sure many more to come; however, I’m struck by the resiliency and gratitude of our clients and our team. It is rewarding to serve alongside an organization like Call to Freedom.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I love sweets and drink hot cocoa daily, usually with my coffee, which is also a staple in my day. Everything is better with chocolate in it.