"My name is Hollie. I currently live in Ashwaubenon with my husband, kids and dog (Hank). I have a bachelors degree in psychology and am currently working toward my Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree. I begin my internship at Foundations Health and Wellness in a couple weeks and graduate in May, 2022. In my free time, I like to go to my camper in Door County, volunteer as a troop leader for Girl Scouts, and spend time with the people that I love.
My passion for working with homeless families started a little over four years ago. I was working in the transportation field, decided to go on a mission trip with my church, and it ended up changing my life. I left the mission trip with a calling that involved the homeless population and making a difference.
During my time as a case manager, there have been both successes and failures as there are with most jobs. Being a case manager, in my eyes, is one of the best ways that you can fulfill your love of helping others. The value of case management can be measured in many ways but the best way to measure it is when a family smiles at you, takes a deep breath and says, “Thank you for believing in me.” When families come into our program, they are usually at one of the lowest points in their life – and the last thing they need is someone that is going to break them down even more. As a case manager, I am here to walk beside them and help them reach self-sufficiency. I am here to remind them that even when things are bad, there are people out there to help get you back on track.
At times, a case manager is the only constant in their life. Sometimes we are the only ones bringing them hope that they can and will get over the hurdles and barriers that are holding them back or bringing them down. I have been with families through a loss of a job, loss of a family member, and loss of a child. I have been with families when they find out they were accepted into a new home, new job, or a new marriage. Being a case manager is so much more than a job, it’s being part of their story. It is my mission. Together, we can make a difference in their life."
The painting Hollie is holding was a special gift to her, painted by a mom who was served by EPH – and ultimately supported by donors such as you.
On the back of the painting the mother
wrote the following note to Hollie:
“Thank you for always listening to me, and encouraging me. You are a true friend and I want you to know how much I love and appreciate you. You are the best!”