We are excited to introduce Ellie Hartmann, Thrive DC’s fall Development intern! Ellie is a senior from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota studying English, Political Science, and Gender/Women/and Sexuality Studies.
As Ellie has created educational programming for youth about homelessness in the past and is currently researching how to respond to humanitarian crises (like homelessness) in a way informed by feminst theory, she was drawn to Thrive DC’s mission as a “one-stop shop” that provides a range of services in a kind and compassionate manner.
When asked what stands out to Ellie as she gets to know Thrive, she said: “Everyone here takes a minute out of their day to stop you and ask how you’re doing–and they genuinely want to know. From the clients to the staff, everyone has a genuine concern and interest for one another’s well-being–mental, physical, emotional. There’s a sense that we might not be able to address every issue completely, but at the very least we will listen and support and do the best we can for one another.”
Ellie is excited to join the Thrive DC team to support others in the same way. She also hopes to support the Thrive DC mission by introducing new topics to Thrive’s social media, learn about grant writing, and connect with clients and volunteers.
Since one of Thrive’s largest and most traditional programs is the morning breakfast program, we asked Ellie what her favorite breakfast food is. While a time crunch in the morning usually means Ellie sticks to granola bars for breakfast, she says her favorite weekend breakfast would be either Toaster Strudels or homemade waffles.
We’re thrilled to have Ellie on our team and look forward to seeing her engage with our mission!