Kristi is a native Oregonian and has been living in the Portland area most of her life. She raised four great children and is now the proud grandmother of four adorable boys. Spending time outdoors is how she recharges; she loves to bike, camp and spend time at the beach with friends and family. As her children started their own lives, Kristi began volunteering at a soup kitchen in East County. Through her volunteer work, she grew to learn about the guests she served, taking time to get to know them, and seeing them in a different way than before. Kristi truly believes this is her calling. Seeing the effects addiction and mental health issues had on the people she served had a profound effect on her. She soon returned to school and became a Chemical Dependency Counselor. Since then, Kristi has worked with people from all walks of life, but her heart has always pulled her toward serving the homeless population. She is excited to be joining the Blanchet team and feels blessed to have this opportunity to be part of the work we are doing here at Blanchet.