Meet Kate Schieferecke!

Kate Schieferecke

Kate Schieferecke is a Refugee Resettlement Case Manager based in the Dodge City office. Her focus is on supporting refugee resettlement services provided by the agency. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Kansas State University in May of 2019. Kate is additionally working towards her Accredited Financial Counselor certification through the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education. Kate first joined Catholic Charities as a volunteer in the Garden City office during the summer of 2018. Kate is working part-time, remotely, leading up to graduation and will begin working full-time in June 2019. We recently had a chance to ask her a few questions, and here is what she had to say:

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My passion is working with people. Knowing that there will always be people to meet, greet, and converse with is what makes me excited to start each day.

What is your biggest achievement to date - personal or professional?

I have studied Spanish throughout college, and I consider my biggest achievement to date to be living and teaching primary ESL classes in Paraguay for 2 months. Teaching several classes a day and speaking conversationally with my host family in Spanish was challenging and rewarding!

What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?

I don’t graduate from K-State until May, so currently, my days consist of going to classes and working as a peer financial counselor at K-State. Stay tuned—I’m looking forward to diving into my work with Catholic Charities beginning in June and seeing what a typical day will look like.

What is on your wish list during your time here or for your next five years here?

In my first five years with Catholic Charities I hope to contribute to and enhance our refugee resettlement services through community outreach and development of resources for those we serve.

What do you like most about your job?

I have really enjoyed the positive and supportive work culture present in our staff. Personally, I like that this job allows me to pursue my passion of working with international social issues while being in a location that is close to home.

What is your motto or personal mantra?

Saint Teresa of Calcutta is a role model of mine, and my favorite quote of hers is “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.”

Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

I would love to be a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Listening to podcasts with hosts that have Australian accents.

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