Spotlight on Staff - Karen Askelson

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 19:20 -- Anna

Karen AskelsonI am a Victim Advocate and have been with LCRC since 2014. I mainly work with our walk-in/community clients. I assist men, women, and children with Orders for Protection, Harassment Restraining Orders, safety plans, attending court, and helping find and access resources. The most challenging part of my job is helping clients when the outcome isn’t what they wanted, i.e., their order to keep their abuser from them gets dismissed. But then we work a safety plan and discuss alternative steps. The challenges are offset with the reward of seeing someone feel safer in their home and start to move forward. 

I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the College of St. Benedict. My path to LCRC started with working part-time at the Boys and Girls Club in St. Cloud during school. I heard about a full-time opening at LCRC and thought, “Let’s give it a shot.” I moved here to work for this amazing organization--helping people every day. I became part of this awesome work family and community. I also met my husband, bought a house, and am expecting our first child. Working at LCRC has truly changed my life for the better!

My grandma is the most influential person in my life. My brother and I would spend summers at my grandparent’s. She taught me how to sew, garden, bake, and was always there for me. We still talk every week on the phone. My favorite childhood memory includes riding bike down my grandparent’s gravel road and building a fort in the backyard. Also, coming to Detroit Lakes every summer for a week and spending time with my cousins. To answer the question about my favorite food, it really depends on the day; but sushi would win most days. My favorite movie? This one is tough; I love a lot of movies! The Greatest Showman is one at the top of the list right now. My dream vacation? I would love to go to the Maldives. It looks so gorgeous and relaxing.