Ross Altenbaugh

Ali on the Run Show Episode 246: On the Job with Ross Altenbaugh, Executive Director of Flagstaff Shelter Services

“I grew up riding around in a cargo van filled with bologna sandwiches and handing them out under bridges and in parks.”

Ross Altenbaugh is the executive director at Flagstaff Shelter Services, the largest emergency shelter in Northern Arizona. Since 2014, Flagstaff Shelter Services has permanently housed more than 500 individuals and families, which Ross says is the goal — to find permanent housing for those who need it most. Ross is a remarkable human, an in addition to the important work she does at the shelter, she’s also a mom to two boys and, of course, is a runner. On this episode, she talks about how her own childhood — and her mom’s — led her to this line of work, and talks about the emotional component of working in shelter services.

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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