Pay it Forward – Katie Luscombe

December 14, 2012 in Appaman News

For Appaman’s Seven Weeks of Giving program, Katie chose to “pay it forward” to the Listening Ear Crisis Center in East Lansing, Michigan (home of her alma mater, Michigan State University…go green!).

Katie says,

“The Listening Ear defines crisis as ‘any situation in which your normal coping mechanisms are ineffective or unavailable.’ Their free, confidential crisis center & hotline has been open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since July 15, 1969, providing compassionate support for callers and walk-in clients from all walks of life. The all-volunteer staff participates in 65 hours of empathy-based training to help clients cope with¬†difficulties¬†including depression, grief, suicide,¬†loneliness, sexual assault, and more. They also provide free sexual assault counseling, advocacy, and community education.

I volunteered as a crisis counselor from 2004-2006, so I can say from experience that the training program is second to none, and the staff is incredibly caring and dedicated. My experience with The Ear was easily one of the most highly educational experiences of my college career, and I’m very happy to be able to give back to an organization that directly improves (and often saves) lives.”

Learn more at TheEar.org

Welcome aboard the Appaman train

November 12, 2012 in Appaman News

Katie Luscombe, a lovely midwestern gal with a quirky sense of humor, incredible talents in nail art, baby naming, and impressive journalistic talents has officially joined Team Appaman. She runs our online division bringing fun social media, great customer service and online e-commerce charm.

We have been lucky enough to know Katie for a few years from her background in the children’s industry and when a position opened up, we pounced. This post is long overdue, but since Katie typically does them and she is that kind of humble gal, it didn’t get done. So please give a warm welcome to Katie when you get a minute.

Pictured above: Katie (L); Katie as Effie Trinket (R)