Meet Kayte Fulton!

Kayte Fulton

Kayte Fulton, MS, is the Refugee Resettlement Case Manager for the Garden City office. Her focus is on supporting newly arrived refugees as they start their lives in the U.S. by helping them toward self-sufficiency and success through programming, education and social support. A native of Colorado, Kayte moved to Kansas in 2016 to work in Community Health and Mission at St. Catherine Hospital. Specifically, Kayte was drawn to the community because of its diverse immigrant and refugee community. She has a BA in Philosophy and English from the University of Colorado and a Masters’ in Bioethics and Health Policy from Creighton University. Prior to moving to Garden City, Kayte worked in healthcare research, ethics and education. Kayte is married and has two rescue pups.

Recently, we had an opportunity to ask Kayte a few more questions, and this is what she had to say:

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Other than my 1 year-old rescue pup, the promise that the day will be full of surprises!

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

My 30+ year marriage to a truly wonderful guy. We have loved one another through good times and bad and never miss a chance to say “I love you!”

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

My calendar is usually filled with appointments for and with clients for everything from health screenings to financial education. Then there are the myriad things that aren’t on the calendar, such as clients and others from the refugee community who come to the office for help. Many are having issues with a medical bill, need help finding a new apartment or assistance with completing forms for benefits, such as food stamps.

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

Creating programs to assist refugee families to get the most out of their new lives in the U.S. To help them achieve success by whatever measure they employ, and to help them know that they are welcome, respected and genuinely cared for.

What do you like most about your job?

Supporting our newest arrivals as they navigate life in the U.S. and learning from them about their experiences and cultures. It is incredibly gratifying to be able to walk with them through what may be an ordinary process for many born in the U.S., such as getting an I.D. or opening a bank account, but which is completely foreign and confusing for many of our refugees.

What is your motto or personal mantra?

Be curious and empathetic and you will be rewarded.

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

I think I would like to be Gloria for a day. She is a 12-year-old refugee from central Africa. She has such a joyful spirit and is always smiling and dancing. I would love to have that sense of joy, gratitude – and energy!

What is your guilty pleasure?

BBC series, especially mysteries or historical fiction series.

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