Who’s There: Lindsay Breece | SummitDaily.com

Who’s There: Lindsay Breece

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Lindsay Breece is the volunteer coordinator at the House With the Red Door in Breckenridge.

BRECKENRIDGE – Lindsay Breece never imagined she’d be setting roots in the mountains of Colorado.The Atlanta, Ga., native attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, majoring first in creative advertising and psychology before she realized how miserable she was. She switched her major to cultural anthropology and has been happy ever since.”I knew I liked people a lot,” she said. “And I’ve used the major more than I thought.”She initially thought she might work for the Peace Corps or Americorps after graduating. Instead, her mother urged her to head west.The two spent a weekend scoping out mountain resort towns – Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge – before Breece decided to stay in Summit County.”Aspen, right as I drove in I felt like I had to stick my nose in the air,” she said. “It wasn’t for me. I liked the way Breckenridge felt, the people.”

The trip out from Dallas was terrifying, but freeing, she said. But once here, she wasn’t really sure what to do.Breece saw a flyer advertising St. John the Episcopal Church’s Saturday dinner and wandered over.”Any time you see free food,” she said with a smile. “That’s where I spent that week.”Through the church, she was introduced to the House with the Red Door – “The Door,” – a place where young people can safely meet, share food, work on getting a job and do laundry.”You walk in, you feel this nice presence,” she said. “It’s genuinely nice. I was shocked. It’s a great hub for people from all sorts of walks of life.”That was two years ago, and she hasn’t left yet.Breece spent time working on her resumé, trying to mesh cultural anthropology with jobs involving people in Breckenridge. She first worked as a ski instructor for 3 to 6 year olds, then worked at the Western Skies bed and breakfast near Montezuma.

“I always knew I’d volunteer somewhere,” she said. “I knew the church would probably have some good insight; they did. I was right.”She spent much of her spare time over the next two years at the Door, serving food, helping others in need. This October, she was offered the job of volunteer coordinator, which takes up about 10 hours a week of her time.”It’s the first job that feels like me,” Breece said. “it’s something I want to do, rather than something I have to do. A lot of times, jobs become that. This is my passion.”Currently, she works as a night auditor at ResortQuest and part-time at Little Mountain Lodge bed and breakfast in Breckenridge.”I have a feeling I’m going to be staying here a lot longer than I’d planned,” she said. “The mountains speak to me. I want to just grow; there’s so much to learn.”Eventually, however, she’d like to open a bed and breakfast that doubles as a contemplative retreat where people can visit and relax, away from the hustle of day-to-day life.”But I have to take baby steps,” she said. “I tend to get ahead of myself.”

When she’s not working or volunteering at the Door, Breece finds herself on skinny or downhill skis or hiking in the mountains. She used to Rollerblade, but an accident in which she fractured her jaw and broke four teeth has kept her away from that sport and mountain biking for awhile.Summit County has been good for her, she said.”I’m really lucky,” Breece said. “Every day I consider myself so lucky to have found this community. I feel so much more calm. I feel so much more like myself.”Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or at jstebbins@summitdaily.com.

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