For this month’s newsletter, we are highlighting one of our Community Outreach Advocates, Britta Schroeter Phillips! Britta was born and raised in Chicago and has lived in many different places. Her love for traveling and making connections with people around the world is what inspired her to study social work. She moved to Bend for Portland State University’s MSW program. This is where she met Sarah, the Executive Director of Thrive, and began working with Thrive when it was just starting out as an organization.
After living in Bend for about 10 years, Britta and her husband decided to move back to Montana for the lifestyle they had been missing. In her free time, Britta enjoys exploring the outdoors. Some of her hobbies include camping, hiking, rafting, and foraging mushrooms and edible plants. She is an artist at heart and has a variety of art projects that she is currently working on.
When asked what she likes about working with Thrive, Britta said “Working with Thrive has been a way for me to both become more connected to the Central Oregon community and more knowledgeable about social justice issues in general. I have learned so much from the people we work with and from trying to help solve more complex issues people are struggling with. I’m grateful to everyone who shares pieces of themselves with us. I also love working with our team. Everyone is supportive and compassionate with each other, and they are just generally the best-natured group of people I’ve ever worked with!”
Britta’s favorite quote that she wanted to share is:
“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world.” -Paul Farmer
Thank you Britta for all that you do!