MCC Refugee Services is excited to welcome Mary Kelso to the role of Refugee Program Specialist: Refugee Health!
Mary studied Psychology and English at Hope College in Holland, MI before becoming a refugee resettlement case manager at Lutheran Social Services in Minnesota. She then received a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan where she worked as a resettlement case manager in Ann Arbor. During that time, she also facilitated a group for high school refugee girls who were new to the US. Last summer, she had the opportunity to work with refugees in Kampala, Uganda, working with a mental health and counseling program and grant-writing. She has also traveled to the Arizona/Mexico border to learn about immigration policy and social justice work.
Away from work, Mary loves to travel, peruse bookstores, practice yoga, hike & bike, garden, craft. Having grown up along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she loves to be near rivers and lakes.
Mary is passionate about providing trauma-informed care and culturally-sensitive mental health services and we are so excited to have her expertise on our team as we walk alongside refugees on their journey. She says that she is “looking forward to radically welcoming all people and excited to make deep connections with refugee families and the local community.”