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Field Report: Eden House – Helen Lindau

At this point in my VISTA term, I only have about 2.5 months left at Eden House! It is crazy to think about not coming to work here every day but I am excited for the young woman who will take my place and continue to do valuable work as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Eden House.

Instead of doing just a small local search for a new VISTA- we went BIG! We conducted a national search tapping into university systems nation wide as well as job post sites such as idealist.org, nola.com, etc. After having the application open for a month, we received 56 applications!! This was our largest hiring search yet, and we had some incredibly qualified individuals in this pool of applicants which made it extremely difficult to narrow it down.


We chose 12 individuals to conduct phone interviews with and I spent 2 days with our Director of Operations, and Executive Director speaking with these candidates. We will now narrow it down to 6 to interview over Skype or in person (if they are local) and from there we will make our final decision!!

It has been so much fun speaking with our top candidates about their past work experiences, their passion to work with survivors of commercial exploitation, and hearing about why they think they are best suited for the Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA position at Eden House. I have no doubt that whomever fills my position will have incredible skills and qualifications to benefit Eden House.

By the time fall is here, Eden House will have undergone a significant staff change including: welcoming our new Executive Director, Susanne Dietzel as our former Executive Director and Founder Kara Van de Carr moves the role of Board President. Jennifer Best has joined the team as the Clinical Care Manager; there will be a new VISTA in my position starting in mid August; and last but certainly not least, we say goodbye to Maggie Birkel, our Director of Operations at the end of this month as she starts Law School at The University of Virginia!

I am excited to watch Eden House grow in the coming years and continue to be a leader on the local and national level to combat sexual exploitation and human trafficking!

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This entry was posted on June 22, 2015 by in Eden House, VISTA Field Reports and tagged , , .


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