Each quarter we highlight an LCRC Staff Member. This quarter, get to know Lynette Erickson.
What is your title at LCRC? Children’s Services Advocate
What does that entail? I provide advocacy for abused and at risk children. To achieve this, I work collaboratively with the mothers in Shelter regarding the needs of their children, and provide information regarding other community resources that may be available. I also make sure all of the children are enrolled in school and have the necessary supplies. During the school year, I also facilitate Children's Support Groups on a wide range of topics in our area schools.
How long have you been with LCRC? I have been employed with LCRC since January of 2014.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? It is a privilege for me to come to a job where I get to work with children every day. To be able to offer a healthy, nurturing environment and see the positive changes and growth in these kids is definitely the most rewarding part.
What is the most challenging part of your job? Remembering what my role is and not getting too emotionally invested. It can be very difficult, especially with the children who stay with us at Mary’s Place, to not get so attached.
What is your background? My background is in early childhood, but I have worked with all ages of children ranging from infancy to 18 years. I ran an In-Home Licensed Daycare, worked at a Childcare Center that was licensed for 72 children, and taught Sunday school for several years. I also worked at St. Mary’s Regional Health Care Center for 12 years in Health Information, and for Accra Care as a PCA. I did enjoy those positions, but children are definitely my passion!
What is your dream vacation? I am a huge animal and nature lover, so I would love to vacation in Alaska and see all the amazing sights!
What is your favorite food? My favorite food is pretty much anything seafood. My favorites are broiled shrimp and king crab legs.
Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? My mother. She passed away 6 years ago, but is with me every day in all that I do. She was a very nurturing woman who also loved working with children. She did foster care for several years.
What brought you to LCRC? I spent two years taking care of my father who was terminal with cancer. Shortly after he passed, I heard about an opening at LCRC. I started working here in the shelter and really enjoyed it. It was great to be working with children again.
Do you have a favorite childhood memory? My favorite childhood memory is coming to the Lakes area with my family and camping at my Grandparents lake lot on Big Toad Lake.