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Why I do what I do

From the time I was old enough to understand what she was saying I remember my mother repeating these ideas to me over and over until they were drilled into my head:

  • You are a good person
  • You may make bad decisions sometimes but you are still a good person
  • No one has the right to make you feel like you are less than them

These became mantras in my head as I was growing up.  I had my ups and downs through the years but these concepts always stuck with me, through high school, college, starting my career.  I believe my self confidence is one of my greatest assets and I wouldn’t be where I am today without my mother instilling this in me from a very young age.

We moved to Doylestown when I was 12 years old.  From that age forward, I remember my mother regularly collecting the clothes we had outgrown, piling us in the car and unloading bags of clothes at A Woman’s Place (AWP).  New to the community, my mother had found an organization that was right in line with her message to her oldest daughter.  It didn’t go unnoticed.

As an adult, I wanted to find a way to continue to move my mother’s message forward.  A Woman’s Place allows me to do that in many different ways.  It’s given me the opportunity to help shape the future of the organization, help with fundraising and enhance the organizations internal operations.  While I don’t work directly with the women, I know that all of these things allow us to continue to offer much needed services to the clients we serve.  Each December A Woman’s Place holds a holiday party for our clients and their children.  It is my most favorite party that I go to each holiday season.  It reminds me why I do what I do throughout the rest of the year.

As the President, of the Board of Directors, I’m often asked why I chose to get involved with  A Woman’s Place.  For me, there was never really a question of where I would end up volunteering. It was just a matter of when.

Kristin Ortlieb-Potts AWP Board of Directors President

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