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March 27, 2013

All roads led to woman's job at shelter

DANVERS — For more than 20 years, Michele Chausse of Danvers has worked in communications for nonprofit agencies.

About three months ago, she became director of communications at the nation’s first women-only shelter, Rosie’s Place, in Boston. It’s a shelter where 20 women can live temporarily for three weeks at a time. It serves 150 lunches and 150 dinners a day, with volunteers providing the lion’s share of the services.

The job is a perfect fit for the mother of two Danvers High graduates, Eva and Charles Bramesco. During her career, Chausse has worked for nonprofits and human service agencies on the North Shore dealing with young women’s reproductive health, substance abuse and child protection issues. She most recently worked for Beverly-based Health Quarters for almost seven years before being laid off.

Why have you worked mostly for nonprofits?

I think I decided some time ago in my career, I was at a crossroads, and I had been working in bank marketing, and I was offered two jobs at one time, one was at an accounting firm and one was at a nonprofit, and I said: “I really think that I’ll be more gratified working for a nonprofit,” and I was fortunate to have the ability to do that, financially.

Did you start off in the workforce, have kids, then move back into the workforce?

I worked the entire time I had children. Because I’m in the public relations or communications arena, it’s seems like in the nonprofit world, it was more accommodating to me having children. My husband (Clinton Bramesco) works in television, and he would travel often and with very little notice, so I was able to work part time, work somewhat from home, but always continuing to stay in a challenging position and grow professionally. ... I would say a lot of the professional roads that I took in the different agencies that I worked have sort of led me to Rosie’s Place.

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