Christie Southard has a diverse range of nonprofit experience, beginning her career as a bilingual case manager for Meals on Wheels after college.
“I was really doing case management for the elderly and others with mental and physical disabilities,” she said. Christie then worked with low-income families and children at another organization, and even helped orphans and adolescents in Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
She said the international work was life-changing.
“Sometimes you can find more light in places that are broken than places that are more peaceful,” Christie said. “I think because there’s so much chaos, they have to rely on each other. They find so much joy in the little things.
“I went to those countries expecting to give far more than I received, but I received far more than I gave.”
Christie then helped victims of sex trafficking in Texas before moving to Denver to serve families experiencing homelessness.
“I’m excited about Family Promise because I think it’s a really good mixture of all of my experience over the past 10 years – working with lower-income individuals and even working with Hispanics who still predominantly speak Spanish,” she said. “I’m just really interested to see the ripple effects of Family Promise in the community – it’s exciting to see how small things turn into big things sometimes.”
Outside of work, she loves yoga, meditation, running, hiking and exploring Colorado: “I’m excited for the culture and definitely hiking. I hike almost every weekend. There’s so much to do here.”