Interviewee: Carolina Trujillo (she/her)
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
Breaking the patterns of instability that lead to homelessness and hunger.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
Everyone deserves safety, dignity and hope — to have shelter from the weather, heal when they are sick, and share meals in a place where they can grow and flourish as part of a community. I truly believe in how Citizens Inn supports our community members in a dignified way.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
Carolina Trujillo, Citizens Inn’s new Executive Director, talked about how it is exciting to be part of a team whose level of commitment drives everyone to go above and beyond their job description, and who exemplify our mission every step of the way. Citizens Inn will continue to be a driving force to end homelessness and hunger on the North Shore – it is her highest priority.
We are a community resource for all and welcome anyone who needs our services. Most importantly, we are poised and committed to meet the needs of our program participants, while treating them with utmost dignity and respect.
What was the last book you read OR What was the last video you watched that made an impact on you?
The last book Carolina just finished, was a re-read of Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez, the only author to win a Nobel prize in literature from Colombia, Carolina’s home country. The way the author uses magical realism is what drew Carolina to re-read the novel as a reminder to never forget your heritage or roots and to think about the bigger picture of your culture and history.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
Fun fact about Carolina – she was the Track and Field National Champion in Colombia for 100 meter, 200 meter, long jump, and short relay!
Everyone deserves safety, dignity and hope — to have shelter from the weather, heal when they are sick, and share meals in a place where they can grow and flourish as part of a community. At Citizens Inn, we believe in how we support our community members in a dignified way. We are a community resource for all and welcome anyone who needs our services. Most importantly, we are poised and committed to meet the needs of our program participants, while treating them with utmost dignity and respect.
Without a safe, secure home and food on the table, it’s nearly impossible to live a healthy, productive life in today’s America. At Citizens Inn, we work on an individual basis to help families and individuals who are experiencing a housing crisis or food insecurity. Our full spectrum of services provides comprehensive assistance to each person based on their specific needs. Citizens Inn, now merged with Haven from Hunger, has served families and individuals across the North Shore for over 38 years. Our programs – Citizens Inn Between, Citizens Inn Transition, Citizens Inn Homes, and Citizens Inn Haven from Hunger – are designed to help families and individuals prepare for and transition to a sustainable life. Through our work, we not only provide a safe place to stay and a meal on the table, but offer tools to empower families and individuals to find permanent solutions to break the patterns of instability in their lives.
What is Creative Collective?
Creative Collective is a group of economic development strategists, small business supporters, activation specialists, and believers in the importance of the creative workforce. We foster growth, sustainability, and scalability for small businesses, creative thinkers, organizations, entrepreneurs, and innovators. Learn more and join Creative Collective at www.creativecollectivema.com/join