Lindsay Merrill joined us in September for a year-long internship as a part of her Masters in Social Work program at DU. We are already benefiting from her cross-cultural expertise and wealth of skills, and enjoy her persistent cheerfulness. Find out why Lindsay speaks Spanish so well, and what she likes to do in her free time—those brief moments when she isn’t hard at work or studying for exams!
How did you first hear about Mi Casa?
I first heard about Mi Casa through my field internship coordinator at DU. When I described the kind of work I wanted to do during my internship, Mi Casa was the first organization she suggested.
What made you interested in working for Mi Casa?
I was very impressed with Mi Casa’s long-standing history in the community as well as the wide breadth of programs they offer. I was additionally very excited to work in an environment where I could continue work with and serve Latino populations.
What are your primary job responsibilities at Mi Casa?
I am an Integrated Services Navigator for Mi Casa’s business participants. Mi Casa offers such a variety of different services that navigating all of them can be a daunting task. I help our participants access additional services and classes, both within Mi Casa and with our partners. I am also taking on the responsibility of hosting Mi Casa’s monthly Legal Night.
Where is your hometown?
I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area <3
Where have you traveled?
I have lived in Spain and Peru and travelled extensively in those countries. I have also travelled in other countries in Europe and Latin America, including Chile, Costa Rica, Argentina, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium and Croatia.
Where else have you worked and in what position?
Since I graduated in 2009, I have had a variety of jobs in different fields. I have served with Literacy AmeriCorps teaching ESL, taught ESL in Lima, Peru and have also worked as an art preparator for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s public art galleries in Pittsburgh, PA. I am currently a student at the DU’s Graduate School of Social Work, where I am pursuing an MSW.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Hardworking, dependable and flexible.
What is your favorite restaurant in Denver and why?
I love sushi so I’m still looking for my favorite sushi place in Denver.
What are your hobbies/favorite pastimes?
I enjoy rock climbing, hiking with my dog and running. I also enjoy painting and drawing when I have the time.