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Bre Kotter: A painful past leads to a lifetime of giving

“As a child, we had a lot of ups and downs — and on more than one occasion, our family was the recipient of Sub for Santa, a local charity that provides assistance for local families in need,” shares Bre Kotter, a senior housing coordinator for CompHealth locum tenens in Salt Lake City. “I remember how hard and confusing it was facing the difficulties we did back then, but also feeling grateful and wanting to be able to help others in the same way.”

Getting an early start

Bre started helping others at a young age. As a kid, she volunteered at nursing homes and participated in countless service projects.

“As I have grown older and am able to provide for myself, I empathize with those who are still facing hard times. I like to do what I can to help out,” she shares. In 2008, Bre and her friends started “wreath bandits.” The group selects a family in need each holiday season and anonymously leaves them a wreath decorated with money and gift cards.

Turning loss into motivation

One of Bre’s biggest motivations comes from losing both parents to cancer by the time she turned 24 years old. She started volunteering with the American Cancer Society and Huntsman Cancer Center. “I know you can’t always prevent hard times, but at least I am able to make things a little better for some families,” she shares.

Bre is also very active with CompHelpers, a CHG Employee Network Group that offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. And she still finds time to continue the wreath-bandit tradition and participate in the Sub for Santa program — although this time, she’s giving others a helping hand.

Bre is one of our 13 Difference Maker finalists. CHG’s Difference Maker program celebrates our people who are committed to changing the world by making a positive social impact on others and in their communities.

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Shonda Smith

Shonda Smith

Shonda Smith is a senior communications specialist for CHG Healthcare. When she’s not sharing stories about our awesome people and culture, she’s mountain biking, hiking, skydiving and enjoying Utah life with her hubby and pup.

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