Welcome Cassie Sorensen, Store to Door’s new Program Director!
Cassie brings 20 years of social services and social work experience to Store to Door, focusing on program coordination, development, and management. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Women and Gender Studies, Cassie earned her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University. Most recently, Cassie was Director of Homestead and Women’s Housing and Transition (WHAT) programs with Share Vancouver.
Largely focused in the Pacific Northwest and the East Bay region of California, Cassie has worked with programs supporting the full spectrum of ages—from infants to elders. However, Cassie joins Store to Door with a particular connection to work supporting older members of our community: “I saw that there can be many barriers to aging in place, as so many of our elders want to do,” Cassie says. “These barriers can include accessing food, losing income, disconnection from natural support networks, and insufficient community supports.”
Born and raised in Oregon, Cassie has a personal connection to Store to Door’s work as well: “Personally, I have had the pleasure and responsibility of caring for my aging father and my sister, who has Downs Syndrome, and I know first hand how important it is for our elders and community members with disabilities to have supports outside of their immediate caregivers and family to help them be as independent as possible and thrive in place.”
Drawn to Store to Door’s program model and the essential service the program offers, Cassie is excited about working with an organization in an exciting phase of growth and program development: “I am looking forward to supporting the agency in growing and developing programming to meet the needs of community elders as they age in place.”
We are fortunate to have Cassie’s experience, skillset, and commitment to our work as a part of the Store to Door team, and we hope you will help welcome her to our community!