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Meet Ruth

We are excited to introduce you to our second employee, Ruth!

Meet Ruth

Ruth and Julie working on sales at a local market.

Ruth and Julie working on sales at a local market.

 
 

February 3, 2017

We are so excited to welcome our newest employee, Ruth Makinster, to our team! Ruth was connected with us through Outside In teen services and has been an incredible fit! She is a super hard worker and brings great energy to our team.  We are grateful to be a part of her journey and walk alongside her as she works towards reaching her next step! Learn more about Ruth below.

Hi Ruth! Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I’m a Portland native and I’m crazy about the wilderness. I’ve worked in conservation for five years and am taking a break to heal a work-related injury. I’m passionate about the city I grew up in, and am definitely influenced by its vibrant music and art scene.

What brought you to Ground Up PDX?

There is a great education center downtown run by Outside In, a program that supports homeless youth. They provide all sorts of resources, from GED completion classes to college counseling. Ground Up PDX was one of the internships available after my completion of the education center’s Job Readiness Program. My mentor thought it would be a great fit. I explored the Ground Up website and decided to apply for a position after I found that my employers put a special focus on improving the lives of homeless women in Portland, which hits close to home.

What do you look forward to learning while working with us?
I’m excited to learn about the inner workings of a startup. It’s great being able to work closely with my bosses (who are very encouraging and understanding) and experience firsthand how their business structure is formed and maintained. I am curious about the management of costs, publicity, and production, and look forward to gaining customer service experience selling products at local markets.  

"This job is so fun!  I love getting the opportunity to take ownership on a certain task and that my bosses trust me to do it well!" - Ruth
Ruth found an amazing new source for ingredients for us—here she is with her sample box of almonds! Pure pride.

Ruth found an amazing new source for ingredients for us—here she is with her sample box of almonds! Pure pride.

Ruth's favorite flavor is our Classic Smooth!

Ruth's favorite flavor is our Classic Smooth!