Year joined MKLM: 2013
Focus: Healthcare, Prevention and Holistic
Ministries: Niños con Valor and Manos con Libertad
Caitlin grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, as the oldest of three girls. She received her BA from St. Olaf College in Biology and later went back to school for a BS in Nursing from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After graduating from St. Olaf, she served two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Sitka, Alaska, working in a Domestic Violence Women’s Shelter in the Children’s Program. As a nurse, she worked for two years in the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, before deciding it was time for her to take the leap and fulfill her life-long dream of serving overseas.
Caitlin loves children, baking, and the New York Yankees and finds great joy in building a sense of community with those around her. She has a passion for holistic health approaches and believes personal relationships are the most important part of life.
Caitlin served in two ministries. The first was with an organization called Niños con Valor (“Kids with Value” in English). This organization runs two homes – one for girls and another for boys – for children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or removed from high-risk situations. It has a unique emphasis on providing loving and inclusive environments for children with HIV/AIDS and other health issues. Caitlin worked at both homes assisting with daily tasks and providing love and care to all the children. Additionally, although never formally trained, she taught piano at the girl’s home and she up to fifteen students.
Her second ministry was with an organization called Manos con Libertad (“Free Hands” in English). Its main objective is to provide support to women in poverty, with a focus on women who have been in contact with the prison system – two groups that often overlap. Manos provided many types of outreach to women in and out of prison including life-skills classes on public speaking, first aid, cooking, baking, handicrafts, bible study, personal finance, etc., in the hopes of helping women move forward in life and become as independent as possible. Manos also operated a popular restaurant and bakery whose proceeds go towards helping support the organization. Caitlin worked alongside the wonderful women of Manos in the bakery helping make everything from empanadas to tres leches cake to chocolate pudding. She also helped sell the delicious homemade treats during lunchtime hours.