Joined 6 years ago from Biddeford, Maine
From as far back as he can remember, Matt’s family has demonstrated an ideal of community involvement and “giving back” to the world at large - especially to those least able to help themselves. His grandfather - a highly successful self-made, self-educated businessman - taught him two things: First, that education is more than going to school; rather it’s a lifelong process based in discipline and curiosity. And second, whatever you do in life, it should bring some good to the world around you.
When he was a young child, his father left the business world to join the staff of a small, socially involved local church. In that capacity he managed a shelter for the homeless in downtown Portland, Maine for several years, and then took over the founding and managing of an orphanage in Guntur,India. Matt’s mother volunteered at the shelter and at several schools before becoming administrator of a non-profit home for the elderly. Their home was always open to visitors from all these endeavors, especially friends from India who were so passionate about saving children. The people around Matt while he was growing up all seemed to be involved in helping and giving.
At age twelve Matt went to Honduras with a youth group from our church. They visited schools, orphanages and refugee camps, where they put on mime and clown acts. The scenes he saw in those orphanages, in particular, will never leave him. During junior high and high school Matt made three trips to Belize with another youth group. They worked on housing construction in a Guatemalan refugee camp. At age seventeen Matt spent a month in India with his father working with the orphanage children, who’d been rescued from the streets or turned over to the orphanage by parents unable to care for them. After high school Matt took a trip through the Middle East, England, visited family in Germany, and hiked alone through Ireland five times. Matt developed a heavy interest in learning about the world - about other cultures, other people; in learning what makes people think and behave the way they do, and how they experience life. Matt has been working since age twelve, and it’s been a varied and “eye opening” series of jobs that have taught him a lot about human behavior.
Matt Giesecke lives in Maine with his wife and two children. He has an A.S. degree in Criminal Justice, a B.A. degree in Psychology, a M.S. degree in Human Services and is a licensed social worker. He does not yet know what he wants to do when he grows up.
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