Anna Berumen

Social Worker, Homeword Alliance

Tell us about yourself, your history and how you came to be where you are now. 
I graduated CSU with my degree in Social Work while working full time at Larimer County Community Corrections. Getting to know the residents there was my favorite part of my job. After graduating, I became a case manager in order to help individuals transition out of prison and into their communities.  

What’s your occupation? 
Social Worker   

What are you passionate about professionally and personally, and why? 
Creating empowering experiences for those transitioning from the justice system to restore, prepare and support them in self-sufficiency. I build partnerships with these individuals and find their strengths to create meaningful goals that support autonomy and self-worth.

 What is your superpower? 

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment, either professionally or personally? 
Finding and advocating my true value and worth personally and especially professionally. 

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? 
My clinical supervisor. He teaches and challenges me not only in the realm of substance use counseling but life in general. 

Where do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years? 
I hope to see myself as a therapist, proving substance use and mental health counseling to my community’s most vulnerable. I could see myself working in places such as residential treatment centers, detention facilities and nonprofits.   

What piece(s) of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self? 
Stop caring so much about what others think about you. Be true to who you are, and the rest will come. You can and will accomplish so much more than you think.   

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime? 
Spending time with my family and two dogs, reading and traveling.   

What would you like to give back to your community? 
To be a supportive figure who creates a place for redemption, realism, love and empathy while also providing more tangible supportive services that are crucial for reintegration.