Chelsea Nixon, LMSW - Care Coordinator, Education Specialist

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If you could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve ______________?

Being kind to people. I know everyone should always be kind to everyone, but it wouldn’t hurt if we had a day dedicated to it.

What are your three favorite podcasts and/or books?

I really love a good memoir or nonfiction books like Love Wins by Rob Bell. I listen to a lot of podcasts, but I think my favorites are And That’s Why We Drink (a paranormal and true crime podcast) and On Being with Krista Tippet.

What are you currently binge watching?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (for the second time)

What can you be found doing in your free time?

Relaxing at a coffee shop with a book, exploring some of Nashville’s local vendors, or hanging out at Centennial Park with my husband, daughter, and our pups.

What does your job look like day-to-day?

I spend a lot of time trying to help our client’s access community resources to meet their basic needs and learn and use different skills to replace harmful behaviors and heal from their trauma. You might also find me presenting for professionals and college students on how to work with trafficking survivors or leading various support and therapy groups for our clients.

What’s the most inspiring part of your job?

Each person we work with has unique needs and challenges, so I have to really get to know each survivor to meet them where they are at. I get to know their goals and dreams and walk with them through the rough patches. It can be emotionally taxing sometimes, but I feel really inspired to get to spend my days with some of the strongest people I have ever met.

Where did you go to college? What did you get your degree in?

Eastern Michigan University for my BSW and Loyola University Chicago for my MSW.

What path led you to work at End Slavery Tennessee?

I have always been passionate about addressing issues that contribute to inequity for women. I was exposed to trauma work during my graduate program and felt really drawn to it, and looking for opportunities to bring those two areas of focus together came really naturally to me. When I saw an opportunity to work at End Slavery, I was immediately like “I have to have this job.” Thankfully, they felt the same way.

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