Here at LiveMom, we love meeting new moms (and dads) doing interesting things around town. Our monthly Feature series give us an excuse to learn more about these hardworking Austinites. Our August feature is Angela Glode of The SAFE Alliance!
Angela Glode and I met via the Austin Touch-a-Truck event, which has become a major fundraiser for the Austin Children’s Shelter. Angela is kind, fearless, and way more organized than I could ever hope to be, and she is a non-profit powerhouse.
LiveMom: How long have you lived in Austin, and what brought you here?
Angela Glode: We’ve been here since 2009…We came to Austin from Cheyenne, WY to be part of a active, vibrant city and maybe to get away from 9 months of wind and snow.
LiveMom: What is your job, what is your title, and what do you love about your job?
AG: I’m Chief Development Officer for The SAFE Alliance (a partnership between Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.) Working at SAFE can be hard. No one walking in our door on either campus is in a good place. They are there because someone has hurt them, repeatedly and often in ways most of us can never imagine. But we’re there to focus on each person’s potential and resiliency and build on their strengths, and it’s how they walk out the door that matters: safe, strong, self-confident, and independent.
And my husband and I own a pool service company called America’s Swimming Pool Company of Austin (ASP Austin)! He manages the business, but calls me in to help with pool renovation designs – the fun stuff!
LiveMom: How many kids do you have, and what are their ages?
AG: 3 kids – Jack, 17, Olivia 15 and our caboose, Mia, 8, and they won’t let me leave out Zoe, our 11 year old Shih Tzu.
LiveMom: What is your idea of a perfect day with the family in Austin?
AG: Breakfast tacos at Taco Deli, kayaking or paddle boarding with the crew on Lady Bird Lake, and a slow dinner at home (with all three kids around the table!)
LiveMom: If you had 24 hours to yourself in Austin, how would you spend it?
AG: Life revolves around kids and work (which means lots of driving) so I’d spend it with my husband, where no driving is required! I would start at noon with lunch at Gueros, a little shopping, afternoon snack (oysters & champagne) at Perla’s, check in and nap at South Congress Hotel or Hotel San Jose, dinner at Vespaio, music at Continental Club, sleep, and wrap up with brunch at South Congress Cafe!
LiveMom: What do you like best about Austin? What would you change, if you could?
AG: The food, the music, the outdoors, the creativity and entrepreneurialism – it all adds up to vibrancy that is so much fun to feel and watch. I’d add a real mass transit system.
LiveMom: What’s one piece of unsolicited advice you’d give to a new mom?
AG: Let them eat dirt! Let them fall down, get dirty, make mistakes, fail, suffer the consequences of their actions – especially when they are young and the consequences have more do to with pride than safety or health. You’ll be amazed at how strong they can become if you let them.
LiveMom: What is the best thing one mom can do for another?
AG: Be there and listen! Parenthood and marriage, like everything, is a journey, and it’s full of ups and downs. Kids and families go through stages, issues and challenges. We, as parents, need to be able to speak up and say, “I could use some help here!” We need to be resources to each other and quit trying to pretend life is picture perfect.
LiveMom: What kind of music do you like? Any local musicians? Kids musicians?
AG: I’m a proud The MRS. groupie! I love their message, encouragement and all they do for women, mom and the community. And they wrote a song for us – “Draw the Line” – all proceeds benefiting SAFE and our work to end family violence. You can buy the song at TheMrs.com.
LiveMom: What’s the best way to keep up with what you are up to next?
AG: Check out the event calendar at Safeaustin.org and that’s what I’ll be doing next.
LiveMom: What might we be surprised to learn about you?
AG: Being married to a Wyoming fly-fisherman, I learned early on how to tie some killer flies.
LiveMom: Do you have any charitable organizations you like to work with/ donate to/ volunteer for locally?
AG: Besides SAFE, I’ve worked for and love many non-profits… too many to name. I tend to lean toward those who help people overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.
LiveMom: What is your secret talent?
AG: I wish I knew.
Find Angela here:
www.safeaustin.org (FB, Twitter, Instagram)