Ali S. Kitchin, MSW
Ali Kitchin grew up outside of San Francisco, but she spent two months every summer Up North in Traverse City, Michigan. And most of her extended family lives in Michigan, so she’s glad to call Grand Rapids home these days. Ali has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Baylor University. And a master’s degree from Baylor University.
While at Baylor, Ali was an intern (providing case management) at a primary care clinic for older adults. She also received the NASW Central Texas Social Work Student of the Year Award – 2018. And was chosen by her peers to speak on behalf of their graduating cohort at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work Convocation.
Ali’s special interest in addiction treatment comes from seeing the generational impact addiction has had on her own family and friends. She says, “The opportunity to work at Sanford, and provide treatment and a listening ear to our clients, is a huge honor.” Ali’s primary role is facilitating group therapy (both in-person and telehealth) in the Outpatient Center. She is also researching and developing a new evidence-based mindfulness group for the women of Sanford House at Cherry Street.
In her free time Ali likes to be active and outside. She loves to run, hike, snowshoe, snowboard and more!
Ali says, “I work in this field because I believe the human experience is bettered through empathy and community. I strive to foster empathy and community in all that I do here at Sanford House, and in my personal life. I believe it is our job to make a welcoming space for each unique individual we encounter.”