Each trimester we highlight an LCRC Staff Member. This trimester, we get to know Grace Livermore.
What is your title at LCRC, and what does that entail?
My title at LCRC is Advocate. As one of the Advocates, I provide support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and general crime. We help victims navigate the criminal justice system and provide physical, emotional, and financial help to them as needed. Additionally, we help clients fill out Orders for Protection, Harassment Restraining Orders, and set up Safety Plans. We also respond to a 24-hour crisis line, providing support to people who are experiencing crisis. We, advocates, not only help clients residing in our on-site shelter, Mary’s Place, but community clients as well.
Who is the most influential person(s) in your life?
The most influential people in my life are my parents. I am so thankful of how supportive they both have been through my life and for all the opportunities that they provided me to become the person I am now.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of the job is seeing the progress that women and children make during their stays in shelter. It is so inspiring to see how strong these individuals are who have been through trauma. To see them move out of shelter with a new, safe home to go to is SO rewarding! Another rewarding part of this job is to work alongside such strong and amazing women! My co-workers are all so good at what they do, and I am constantly learning from them every single day!
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of this job for me is seeing women go back to their abusers. It can be difficult as an outsider to understand why someone would do this, but working as an advocate here has made me realize that abuse is a cycle and there are many different reasons that women can return to unsafe situations. Our job is to try to prevent that from happening.
What is your background?
I recently graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I plan to continue my education next year by pursuing a master’s degree in social work.