Susan Nottingham

Lay Legal Advocate

Susan Nottingham

Lay Legal Advocate

Susan is the Lay Legal Advocate at the Safe House. She is SOAR certified that allows her to assist homeless individuals apply for Social Security benefits. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a focus in mathematics. She is a transplant from the east coast. After seeing the sky, sunrise, and sunset of the West, Susan decided to put down roots in New Mexico. Prior to moving to Amarillo, Susan taught mathematics in the public school systems in Pennsylvania and New Mexico. Arriving in Amarillo about 10 years ago, Susan continued working in education but not in public schools, this time she worked in vocational education helping others to achieve a lifelong career.

Never imaging working in a safe house, but a friend told Susan about a position at the safe house. The thought of working with survivors was intriguing because, in her past, Susan had encountered domestic violence but was unable to help the victim or the offender. Helping survivors overcome obstacles in order to create a safe healthier existence is a privilege. A highlight of working at the safe house is the daily interactions with people and seeing the survivors thrive.

In her spare time, you can find Susan sitting in a bleacher either at a wrestling match, football game, or baseball game cheering on her two Grandsons

Only by giving are you able to receive more than you give”—Jim Rohn