It all began when Trisha Thompson landed an internship here at Nebraska Appleseed. “I started interning on the intake line at Appleseed last summer and pretty much fell in love with it,” said Trisha. After graduating with her B.S. in psychology from Peru State College, Trisha is happy to be officially on board at Appleseed serving as our new Intake Coordinator.
Trisha works with people who contact Appleseed with concerns relating to child welfare, public benefits, immigration issues, or access to health care. “Depending on the situation, I may be able to communicate legal information to help the caller better understand his or her rights, provide materials that help answer questions in greater detail, or connect a caller to other resources that can best address his or her specific concerns.” By monitoring calls on the intake line, Trisha assists our legal team in identifying and investigating important systemic issues and taking action to preserve the rights of those in Nebraska who may not otherwise have the means to do so.
“Having spent the past several years working in child welfare, I’ve been impressed with Nebraska Appleseed’s focus on addressing barriers placed on families, foster parents, and service providers,” said Trisha. “I’m looking forward to becoming more involved with education and outreach within my position, and I’m honored to work alongside the team of talented, tirelessly devoted, and truly inspiring people I’ve come to know here.”