5 minutes with … a Catholic Charities case manager
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Name: Holly Freeman
Place of birth: Pinetop, Ariz.
Occupation: Case manager with the transitional housing program with Catholic Charities in Glenwood Springs.
Describe your job: The goal is to take families from homelessness and put them into homes. There are two years of case management to help them with whatever issues they have. The goal is self-sufficiency.
What are some of the challenges of the job? One challenge is that you end up caring so much for the families, you rise and fall with their successes and failures.
What is the best part of the job? Building relationships and hopefully making a difference.
When did you move to Garfield County and why? I moved here in 2005 because a friend was living here.
First job? Babysitting.
Best vacation ever? Puerto Rico.
What do you do in your spare time? I run and read.
Greatest accomplishment: Finding somebody to spend the rest of my life with.
Ever had a book, movie, news event change your life? A philosophy book called “History of the Western Mind.” I read it as a sophomore in college. It seemed really influential at the time.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received; or a cliche to live by? My mom always says, “You can only do what you can do, and then you can’t do anymore.”
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Marine biologist.
If you only had three TV channels, what channels would you pick? I don’t watch television.
Any tattoos? No.
If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? Michael Pollan, who wrote “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals,” my husband and President Bush. Pollan would have to do all the cooking and he is a pretty good chef. We would talk about food, politics and global warming.
What’s the greatest invention of all time? Coffee pot.
Movie: “Romeo and Juliet”
Breakfast cereal: Cornflakes and bananas.
Song: “Forever” by Ben Harper
Singer: Ben Harper
Food: Ice cream
Place in Garfield County: Grizzly Creek
Sport to watch: Soccer
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