Marissa Rasak Family Advocate

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BA | Psychology | Additional Major Criminal Justice | Minor Law, Justice, Public Policy | Michigan State University MS | Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis | Michigan State University

Marissa aids and connects families in need with the proper services to ensure a wide array of resources are available. She is well-versed in various community resources ranging from housing, financial, educational, and transportation to meet individuals where they are at in order to help from there. Marissa has extensive experience in communicating in a trauma-informed manner while providing a safe space for any individual during her time as a Medical Advocate. She utilizes active listening and developmental techniques to provide a safety plan when necessary. Throughout her time working within the 30th Judicial Circuit Court, Marissa was able to engage with a wide demographic as well as building rapport with at-risk individuals. Providing self-care strategies along with vocalizing to her team when a client requires certain services, she establishes a clear line of communication to confirm the client’s voice is being heard.

While interning with the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, she developed a greater understanding of a different facet regarding at risk youth. Marissa educated her peers across Michigan State University debunking common misconceptions while teaching students how to crochet to which were donated to Human Trafficking shelters. She received training with the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force: Train the Trainer in order to educate others on this topic. Marissa has intensive experience collaborating with the community through her time working alongside Farmington Parent Teacher Association. Marissa enjoys working with children and has been for the past six years. As an assistant swim coach and private swim lesson instructor, adapting to various personality, learning, and communication types amongst children was necessary. Marissa grew up in Farmington Hills. She joined Small Talk in 2022