“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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