Get to Know Hill Grimmett
Crossroads Safehouse Business Operations Manager
What brought you to Crossroads Safehouse? How long have you worked at Crossroads Safehouse?
I’ve worked at Crossroads since July 2017, so about 2 years. I have lived right across the street since 2000, so I had watched the transformation of the facility from the old Columbine Nursing Home to Crossroads. For a long time, my wife and I have been strong supporters of the program, and when I noticed that Crossroads was looking for a financial manager, I applied.
Describe your role at Crossroads.
I am the Business Operations Manager. That means I am responsible for all the financial management of the organization, including accounting, budgeting, payroll, managing relationships with vendors, the annual audit, contracts, and so on. I also handle human resource functions, IT and phone systems, insurance and fringe benefits, and all the miscellaneous administrative duties that an organization requires. I am ably assisted by Linda miller, and couldn’t do it all without her help.
What is your favorite part about working for a nonprofit?
It has always been important to me that my work is meaningful, beyond the basics of making a living. I’ve spent probably half my career in non-profits, and the other half has primarily been in small, rapidly growing companies where the challenge is developing a sustainable business model and growing the business and along with that, bring more jobs to the community.
Crossroads is an outstanding organization not only in what we do, but in the quality, enthusiasm and commitment of the staff. I love working with this team.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a big gardener, and that takes a good deal of time and effort. I read a lot. And I try to take advantage of the great environment we have in Colorado for outdoor activities, including hiking and skiing. I’m also a granddad, and I go back to the Boston area several times a year to see my son and his family, including my two granddaughters.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’d like to complete my travels in the US – I have been to 47 of the 50 states, and need to visit Arizona (should be easy, right?), Alaska and Hawaii. I’ve spent a bit time in England and would love to go back – it’s beautiful and I find the history interesting. And my wife and I are planning a walking tour in the south of France for a few weeks in either 2020 or 2021.