Board Profile: Jennifer, Board of Trustees

Jennifer had always wanted to give back to her community by serving on a nonprofit board.

Dr. Jay Jindal, a long-time supporter of Bethany House, knew that the organization was looking for an attorney to join the board and recommended Jennifer for the open seat.

The opportunity was kismet, as Jennifer had performed service hours at Bethany House as a high school student at St. Ursula Academy.

As an attorney, Jennifer brings a unique perspective to her service on the Bethany House board, helping guide the organization through fine print and providing a listening ear to residents navigating the legal system.

Jennifer Erickson 2024
What excites you about the mission?

Bethany House is particularly exciting because the organization serves our community through its holistic approach. Not only does Bethany House provide safe shelter for survivors and their children, it helps break the cycle of violence by providing individual and group counseling to the adults and children in the program. Domestic violence is such an important issue in every community and I am so proud to be a part of an organization that can change victims’ lives forever.

What has impacted you most in your service at Bethany House?

Being able to interact with the women and children in shelter, I’ve been deeply affected by their personal stories. Being a small part of their healing and empowerment will stay with me for a lifetime.

What is a 2024 goal you are most excited to work on?

I would really love to help expand our services within the community so that individuals can get their needs met more immediately.

What is the biggest challenge those we serve are facing in 2024?

I think the biggest challenge to those we serve is the lack of immediacy in access to services. Making the decision to leave an abuser is incredibly difficult and the exit must be strategic. If a victim has nowhere to go and quickly, it could be very dangerous for them.

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