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Nurturing Recovery: Charlotte’s Journey with the Support of WithAll

Feb 27, 2024

In the labyrinth of eating disorder recovery, every glimmer of assistance serves as a lifeline, guiding individuals like Charlotte toward healing and hope. Charlotte's story echoes the transformative power of community support, particularly through the support of donors to WithAll's Recovery Support Program. 

Reflecting on the assistance she received, Charlotte expresses profound gratitude. “The grant I received from WithAll was an immense help,” she affirms. “It alleviated my top financial stressor — groceries — and allowed me to remain fully present in my treatment program.”

Before the grant, Charlotte grappled with the daunting prospect of discharging early from her intensive treatment program due to financial strain. “The stress of balancing treatment expenses with part-time work was overwhelming,” she recalls. “But receiving the grant was a game-changer. It provided a crucial lifeline, enabling me to continue my journey toward recovery without financial barriers.”

The impact of the grant on Charlotte’s recovery journey is palpable.

“It allowed me to stay in my program for another month, fostering invaluable growth and learning,” she shares. “Now, as I prepare to transition to a lower level of treatment, I feel more stable and grounded in my recovery than ever before.”

Charlotte’s aspirations extend far beyond her ED journey. Inspired by her experiences in treatment, she embarked on a path toward a career in healthcare, starting with a CNA certification class. “I envision a future in pediatric or psychiatric nursing,” she reveals. “My ultimate goal is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, leveraging my journey toward healing as a source of empathy and understanding.”

Beyond her professional aspirations, Charlotte radiates a vibrant zest for life. Described by friends as compassionate and creative, she finds joy in languages, creative projects, yoga, and community engagement. “I’m involved in a local anti-war organization and plan to foster pets once I have my own apartment,” she shares with enthusiasm.

In closing, Charlotte offers a poignant message to donors and supporters of individuals with eating disorders. “Your gift means more than words can express,” she emphasizes. “It is a beacon of hope, a reminder that no one walks alone on the path to recovery. Thank you for your generosity and belief in our journeys.”

Charlotte is a compassionate and creative individual whose mental health journey has led her to pursue a career in healthcare. Inspired by her experiences in treatment, she recently completed a CNA certification class and aspires to become a pediatric or psychiatric nurse. Outside of her professional endeavors, Charlotte is passionate about languages, creative projects, yoga, exploring her city, and advocating for peace through her involvement in a community anti-war organization. She looks forward to fostering pets for a local animal shelter once she settles into her own apartment.

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Shannon assists with the logistics of development and operations and making every day run as smoothly as possible. Her day-to-day focuses on our Recovery Support Program, budget management, events, and administrative support. She enjoys being part of the nonprofit world and finding ways to help enhance the organization. She has a heart for serving others and helping people succeed.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health & Exercise Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Walden University.

Outside of work, you can find Shannon chasing her two girls around, attending sporting events and finding the next brewery or winery to explore.

Lindsay leads our operations, programming, fundraising, and communications to better fulfill our mission. She enjoys engaging with our supporters and stakeholders to build stronger connections to our work. Outside the office, you can find her planning her next trip, exploring the Twin Cities, or reading her book club’s latest pick.

With ten years of experience in nonprofit and foundation administration, Lindsay is a creative project manager working to strengthen all our operations. She loves being a part of a team deeply dedicated to discovering innovative and effective strategies to end eating disorders and is excited to invite others into this important work. Efficient and collaborative, she executes activity across all operations, including fundraising, events, communications, and programming. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, and a fundraising certificate from the University of St. Thomas. She and her family live in Richfield, MN.

As Executive Director, Lisa leads WithAll’s strategic growth as a sustainable social enterprise dedicated to the prevention of and healing from eating disorders.

Lisa has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, community relations, and law, and nearly 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership, most recently at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. She is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a member of the Minnesota Bar, and a Minnesota Supreme Court appointee to Minnesota’s Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. She volunteers with her daughter’s school and with youth sports.

Lisa does this work because she knows eating disorders are not a choice; they are deadly, and they are everywhere. She also knows kids are not born with harmful thoughts and actions around food or their body—and it’s our job as adults to keep it this way so they can focus their precious brains and time on things that matter.

Lisa finds laughter, all children, and the numerous variations of sparkling water to be delightful.