Campus of Change

Ending Homelessness in the Fox Valley

In Her Shoes: A Closer Look at the Women’s Case Manager

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 by

Written by Krista Krueger

 I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) with a degree in Communication, emphasizing in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy. I minored in Social Justice, concentrating on Social Activism and Women and Gender Studies. At UWO, I was a member of Women’s Advocacy Council, Social Justice Club, and Communication Club, where I was able to participate in the following: Wack-a-scale, Walk a Mile In Her Shoes and Take Back the Night events. Outside of work, I enjoy staying active in musical theatre, an outstanding bowl of pasta, live music, volunteering, oxford commas, and overindulging in travel.

I was drawn to COTS due to my drive to create social change and my commitment to breaking cycles of oppression and injustice. COTS’ dedication to the empowerment of individuals and its active role in the improvement for poverty was not only striking but effective. COTS’ ability to address social, economical, and political empowerment creates positive and lasting change for its residents, as well as the community. With an area that is constantly evolving, I saw COTS as a vital and trailblazing organization in the advocacy for social justice in the Fox Valley.

 Since joining COTS, the biggest reward has been the individuals I have had the opportunity to experience. The entire COTS staff and residents have been nothing but insightful, welcoming, and inspiring, making COTS a truly great organization to be a part of. From seeing my first client successfully move out on her own, to working in the women’s garden, to attending a counseling session with an individual living out of her vehicle, I am more dedicated than ever to alleviating the perpetuation of poverty with COTS. I look forward to continuing to cultivate relationships, share laughs, advocate for equity, and end homelessness in the Fox Valley!