Meet Dr. Laura Ridings, Program Director for our Transitional Living Program, Strive. Laura moved here from
teach at Georgia Southern University. After meeting her husband, she made Brunswick her home. She is thrilled to be at Safe Harbor where she can combine all of her skills and experiences into a position that benefits our community.
What's the best part of your job?
There are two best parts. First is being part of the Safe Harbor family. I've felt very supported by the great staff. Second is bringing a needed service to the area that makes a difference in individual lives. I never take for granted the feeling of belonging and doing something that really matters.
What's the hardest part of your job?
The hardest part is realizing the hardships and trauma that our residents have endured, but I try to focus on their strengths and perseverance.
Where can we find you when you are not at work?
Traveling with my new husband. We are enjoying the empty nest life and love to experience new activities, cultures, music and food!
What is your hidden talent?
Event planning is what I enjoy, right down to the last detail. Throwing a big event once a year keeps my creative side going. Last year, it was my wedding.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Professionally, it would be earning my Ph.D. in Special Education. It was a long eight years and a challenge at times to keep going.
What is your most treasured possession?
Aside from my children, my special possession is a collection of family heirlooms and photos, dating many generations back, that my father spent years gathering.
What do you value most about your co-workers?
I value their dedication and commitment to their clients and each other.
Who is your hero?
My mother. She was a strong and wonderful woman who knew how to love people unconditionally and had the ability to be incredibly whimsical and laugh at herself.
Where is your dream vacation spot?
I love to travel so it's hard to pick one spot; I'm happy diving in the Caribbean or soaking in history in the castles of Scotland.
What is the motto that you try to live by?
“Success in not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.
” - Albert Schweitzer
What is your current wish/hope for Strive?
That STRIVE will be one piece to the puzzle to decrease rates of abuse against young women and teen pregnancy while adding strong, independent women to our community.