Director of Social Services | LDavidson@VillageShalom.org
Born and bred in Oklahoma but now a proud Kansan, Lori joined the Village Shalom team in 2018. She began her social work career in aging and always knew she would probably return. However, Lori landed in the mental health field where she held a variety of positions over the next twenty-five years, including the opportunity to work with the School of Social Welfare at The University of Kansas where she helped author two strengths-based wellness books that are still widely used in the mental health community.
Lori feels the greatest gift anyone can give is to share their story. Over the years, she has worked with hundreds of individuals to help them creatively share their story—and in many instances also helping them reframe lives that have been difficult into ones that showcase the strength and resiliency gained through a life of challenges. And along the way see a bit of healing take place.
As hard as some of these experiences, Lori looks for the fun in things whenever she can. Combine that with good friends and a love of music and you’ll find her every year at the bluegrass festival in Winfield, Kansas. She and her friends spend ten days camping, laughing, eating and enjoying some of the finest acoustic music around. During her interview process, Lori was given a copy of the 2016 Village Shalom annual report which focused on music. She noted that the least favorite music of the community was bluegrass. She says she’s here to change that. So if you’re looking to find out how great this type of music is, you’ll want to stop by and see her. She’s even got chocolate.