When did you start working at Call of Freedom? And what is your personal and professional journey that led you here?
I started working at Call of Freedom in March of 2022.
I professionally have been a therapist for 20 years and have worked in all different areas as far as outpatient, inpatient, mental health, pediatrics along with hospital and nursing homes. I was becoming tired of the redundant schedule of a nursing home setting, so I was looking for something new and different when I saw the opportunity to CTF and took it on.
What is your position at CTF & why is it important to the mission?
I am a COTA (certified occupational therapy assistant).
I believe my position is important in the settings I go into (prison, jails, shelters) because I can work on a lot of things such as coping grounding skills, proper breathing techniques during periods of agitation, proper sleep hygiene, along with budgeting and work skills.
Why do you believe in the mission of call to freedom?
I wholeheartedly believe in our mission because I feel everyone that walks in our doors deserves help and deserves a life everyone wants to live. We are here to offer help, guidance, and hope for those that have had things happen no one deserves, and we are here to break that cycle.
What is a moment that sticks out to you from your time working here or why do you feel like it’s meaningful?
Honestly what sticks out to me is the moment I realized how prominent trafficking is in general and even in South Dakota. Also, the increasing epidemic of the missing and endangered indigenous people that is going on in SD and with a native American daughter this has been a very real concern.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I have 3 dogs and a 20-year-old daughter.