Hello Freedom Followers! Meet Carissa – Freedom a la Cart’s new Sales and Marketing Manager.
I’m Carissa and am very grateful and proud to be a new member of the Freedom A La Cart Team! In my new role, I’ll be managing catering sales and handling social media and marketing. Since starting at Freedom, I wake up with excitement and energy to start my day (which is a new feeling for me since I am not a morning person). My favorite part so far about working for Freedom is being part of a team again. I have enjoyed my first month exponentially while getting to know everyone who makes up this small but mighty group! I figured the best way to introduce myself to all the Freedom followers is to play a quick Q&A game, so here we go!
The amazing Tawnya Dunaway is celebrating her 3-year Freedomversary this week, so we thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on her time at Freedom [Freedom a la Cart].
How did you find Freedom? After I was released from prison, I was living in a homeless shelter and found a place at Freedom a la Cart. Freedom gave me a stepping stone to get back on my feet. Having the support of everyone, helped we realize I wasn’t alone. It’s a job, but it’s also a support system. Resources are available. It’s really helped me be able to gain traction where I wasn’t able to before. I always fell back off because I would be in different jobs where people were using or partying or going out and drinking and everything. I don’t have to worry about that here. It’s not even an option. It’s not an issue.
I began my journey fighting human trafficking in Columbus as the Director of Communications and Volunteer Coordinator at Freedom (formerly Doma International). After writing a few grants, I was promoted to Director of Development and Communications and several months later, was again promoted to Managing Director.