Kym joins me from Nashville, Tennessee to talk about her work at Crossroads Campus, a multifaceted social enterprise with affordable housing and pet rescue.
Crossroads Campus includes internships, job training, a retail shop, a grooming facility, and humane education outreach, in addition to the affordable housing and pet rescue. They bring together people and animals and through that strong human-animal bond have seen incredible transformations.
Kym and I talked about the work they do, how she got into it, and how we can help. We also discovered a fun synchronicity! We both went to Purdue University, which is fun in and of itself. But we were also both in Alpha Gamma Delta sorority! Just a few years apart. Which literally blew my mind. The world is so small sometimes!
I hope you enjoy our interview below.
2 Simple Ideas To Make a Difference:
1. WAIT FOR CONSENT. When it comes to animals, they need to have a voice. Before we start changing things, pay attention to what they are doing, their body language, and what they’re saying before we make a move. This easily applies to humans as well. Patience. Stop. Observe.
2. DONATE & SUPPORT CROSSROADS CAMPUS. Follow, like, share and donate to support the important work that Crossroads Campus is doing in Nashville (and hopefully many other cities in the future)!
WATCH THE EPISODE:
Closed captioning transcript included in video.
Services Offered by Crossroads:
Pet Rescue: https://crossroadscampus.org/adoptable-pets/
Retail Store: https://crossroadscampus.org/pet-retail-store/
Humane Education & Outreach: https://crossroadscampus.org/programs/caring-connections-humane-education/
Residential Program: https://crossroadscampus.org/programs/residential-program/
Crossroads Staff: https://crossroadscampus.org/contact-us/our-staff/
Expansion Project: Article on Nashville Post
The Victorian Home We Mentioned:
Other non-profits mentioned in the episode:
About Kym & Get in Touch:
Kym has been a Certified Professional Dog Trainer since 2005 with several years experience working in animal shelters in a variety of roles from dog trainer/behavior consultant to educator, volunteer coordinator, and eventually Director of Operations. She moved from Chicago to Nashville with her husband and 4 dogs in 2019.
ABOUT CROSSROADS CAMPUS:
Crossroads Campus is a social enterprise/nonprofit pet retail, adoption and grooming boutique where we provide job training and affordable housing for young people facing adversity and a pet adoption hub for rescued animals.
Crossroads also offers a variety of educational programming about animals in general, and humans facing adversity, to the public as well as listings of referrals/resources for pet owners in need.