I have relocated to Ohio from Iowa; I grew up in a small town called Clarence with a huge population of 975. Being from a small town allowed me to grow up in a supportive community and appreciate how important community life is. I have always been passionate about lending a hand or involving myself in a supportive role. Naturally leaning towards being a helper has come from the influence of community living throughout college at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I lived on campus all four years and was heavily involved in our campus community. I worked in our tutoring center as a Peer Academic Coach and volunteered as a Student Ambassador. Giving me opportunities to be supported by those around me on campus and providing chances for me to give back to those who may need to be shown the power of embracing community.

 

The experiences I had through the opportunities that came from being involved in a community led me to Mercy Volunteer Corps. After receiving my Bachelors in Social Work Degree in May of 2021, I had committed to a year of service to embrace community living, simplistic lifestyle, and compassionate service. Connecting with my service site, Lydia’s House has been a great experience as their values align with my own. Empowering young women and providing opportunities to achieve stability and sustainability. The most amazing part of this work is the community that is created through the mission of Lydia’s House. I am looking forward to the next year of learning and growing with Lydia’s House.

Following this year I plan to attend a graduate program to receive my Masters in Social Work. My goal is to become a therapist and provide mental health care for troubled youth. In the meantime I will be exploring Cincinnati and all the adventures it has to offer.