A Change of Heart

It’s been four years since I began my consulting business. I’ve talked to a lot of nonprofits, some of which became long-term clients, others I worked with on a project basis, many of which determined that my skills were not what they needed at that time.

The world has changed…a lot. I feel like our lives are now divided into “pre-pandemic” and “post-pandemic” norms. Black folks are rising up and demanding equality, for systems of opppression to be torn down and re-built. The impact of climate change is happening every day around the world, affecting millions of lives. There is so much work to do, so many ways in which to help others live better, more fulfilling lives.

Which brings me to my latest development.

I have recently taken a position as the engagement and communications manager for Crescent Cove, a respite and hospice home for kids based in the Twin Cities. I will be shuttering my business…for now. I have gotten to know so many incredible organizations doing good work, and after 4 years of being on the periphery of many of them, I want to dig in to this particular one.

Welcome to Crescent Cove! Crabapple trees in full bloom.

Crescent Cove is the third such pediatric hospice and respite home in the United States. It has only been open for 4 years. But back in 2011, it was an idea that the founder, Katie Lindenfelser, was passionate about opening. And in 2011, I worked at Gillette Children’s, a hospital serving children with disabilities, the same population of kids that Crescent Cove would eventually serve. I got connected to Katie then and was a part of a group of dedicated volunteers who helped to raise money, gather support, and help make Crescent Cove a reality.

Back in 2015, during a short-term project stint to get their database up and running, I was looking for a full-time position but Crescent Cove had none to offer — their only employee was Katie who was technically a part-time executive director, even though she was working 60 hours a week to make her dream a reality. I said back then that some day, they would need someone with my skills when I was in a position to take that position.

That day is now.

This is not just a job, it’s a calling. Nothing less than that could convince me to shutter my business, resign my clients, many of whom I’ve developed, close, personal relationships with, and give up my flexible part-time working hours.

While I truly enjoyed helping so many organizations in a variety of ways, I’m looking forward to getting deep into this one, to making a difference for the families of children with shortened life expectancies who come to Crescent Cove for sanctuary, for retreat, and to make every moment count.

The home faces Twin Lake. Neighbors on the lake are amazingly supportive of the Home.

Let’s keep in touch.

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