Mollie Lund joined THN as the ESG & SSVF Performance Coordinator in November of 2018. Mollie supports Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program recipients and sub-recipients and Supportive Service for Veterans Families (SSVF) recipients in the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care. Mollie evaluates outcomes of ESG-funded and SSVF-funded projects and provides technical assistance, education and training to recipients, sub-recipients and grantees to improve ESG and SSVF performance.
Mollie, who is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin holds a Bachelorâ€™s of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mollieâ€™s previous case management experience at a homeless shelter helped Mollie recognize her compassion for ending homelessness. Mollie is eager to support ESG and SSVF recipients and sub-recipients to end homelessness within their communities.
I started in homeless services when I was receiving my Bachelor of Science in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. My junior year I received I began a research position where I began my work in homelessness. I was a research assistant for the University of Wisconsin System where I was researching work done by the Legal Action of Wisconsin. I researched and worked with lawyers and clients on the benefits and outcomes of having legal assistance during or before an eviction hearing. This research position lead me to my Bachelor of Social Work Internship at The Cathedral Center, an ESG funded homeless shelter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was a case management intern with my own caseload for a year and thatâ€™s when I really knew this was the field for me.
What did you do before?
Before the Texas Homeless Network, I was a case manager at the same homeless shelter where I was an intern, The Cathedral Center. I was a housing case manager in an emergency shelter who case managed between 10-15 individuals and 2 families in 90-day increments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I then decided to venture to Texas and begin a new path of ending homelessness at a larger scope as the ESG & SSVF Performance Coordinator at the Texas Homeless Network here in Austin, Texas.
What was your first job?
My first job was when I was 14, I was a cashier at McDonaldâ€™s in a rural town of just under 5,000 people in Wisconsin.
Dog or cat?
Dogs & Cat! Pumpkin (the cat) and Piper and Albert (the two Goldens), they are all a shade of orange and the friendliest, furriest, four-legged friends!