Sojourner House recently welcomed Kristen Nuss to the staff in the newly created role of Advancement Communications Manager. Working with the advancement team, she will focus on bring the Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS story to the community to inspire more people to get involved. We recently sat down with Kristen to learn more about her and what motivates her in her new role.
What attracted you to the role at Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS?
- I have always been inspired to look for ways to use my talents and skills to help others. Even from a young age, I was writing persuasive essays to educate my elementary school classmates about the plight the endangered Giant Panda. I saw this role as an extension of that desire to help and serve others. Learning more about Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS, I was particularly drawn to the way the programs lead with compassion and empathy toward others. I think we can all agree the world can always benefit from more compassion and empathy.
What unique attributes do you bring to the team?
- My background in writing and fundraising gives me a unique perspective to find compelling ways to tell the Sojourner House story to motivate and inspire others to get involved.
What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
- I would not describe myself as an adventurous person, but I love hearing and writing about the adventurous things others do.
What professional background history would you like to share?
- I am a former newspaper reporter who covered the county court and religion beat for my hometown newspaper, The Williamsport Sun-Gazette. I affectionately referred to my beat as the “Saints and Sinners” beat because I got to see a wide spectrum of the human experience. I have also worked and continue to volunteer for the American Cancer Society to plan and execute Relay For Life events in the community.
What do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time, I can frequently be found wrapped up with a blanket and a good book. Reading has always been an escape for me. I also enjoy crafting and planning for my next visit to a Disney Park with my husband.
What inspires you at work or personally?
- My desire to help and give back to others stems from the example my late grandparents—a minister and a social worker—set for me. Helping others was always second nature for them, and they continue to inspire me to do the same.
Do you have a motto, personal mantra or words to live by?
- My middle school principal would end the morning announcements by telling us to “Make good choices and have a nice day.” Simple words, but they are a helpful reminder to take each day as it comes and that the small choices we make can make a big impact on how we see the world.