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Heather Mosley | SBJ

2023 40 Under 40: Holly Madden

The Connecting Grounds

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Holly Madden’s work as the family connection director at The Connecting Grounds church in north Springfield requires a diverse professional skill set. While focused on parents and children going through crises, on any given day Madden, 31, could be training volunteers, updating the organization’s website or collaborating with staff members to further expand the services offered.

However, it’s working directly with the families served that she considers her biggest privilege and most important responsibility.

“Every night I spend at the shelter or at a family connection visit, I put my energy into calling out potential and working with each individual family to work towards goals, to fight for healing, and to [help them] learn to believe in themselves,” she says.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Learn to listen to other people’s stories.

Favorite podcast? WCWD? A podcast that asks: What Can We Do? Two of my dearest friends launched the podcast that speaks life and trauma awareness, and challenges change and action.

Favorite hobby or creative outlet? I am most myself in nature. I love to run, and trail running helps to ground me to myself and to the earth.

Favorite drink to order in the Springfield area? The Greenhouse has the most amazing coffee (the lavender latte) and is decorated with the most beautiful collection of plants!


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