Therese Johnson, Owner
abiRiver Consulting (ah-be River)
Hi, I am the owner and creator of abiRiver Consulting! Born from my indigenous heritage, abi means “to be home”. That's really what drives me. I want people to feel at home.
Speaking of home, mine is in Fergus Falls. It's where my husband and his family have deep roots. I've also made my business home in Fargo/Moorhead. I've loved stretching out and getting to know our own community better. Particularly as I have built connections with the City of Fargo and Moorhead to bring critical services to those who need them.
So how did I get here?
My background is not what you’d expect but it has given me a mountain of experiences that brought me to the company I’ve founded today!
I grew up on a reservation in western Montana, where poverty and luxury were just doors away from each other. As a single mom, I relocated to the Red River Valley where I worked multiple service industry type jobs, put myself through college in Grand Forks, and became a critical care paramedic. I worked as a medic for 12 years in rural communities where I found myself advocating for patients and finding limited resources to advocate to.
It was exhausting not knowing where to turn when a patient didn’t check enough boxes to get the help that was available. In order to stay ahead of the inevitable burn out that comes with emergency management, I turned to real estate for a break.
Instead of seeing people only on their worst days, I was excited to be apart of happier chapters in my clients’ lives! It was a relief to be able to use my paramedic skills in a new way, crisis in real estate didn’t shake me up, I can still advocate for my clients, communication and coordination all came naturally. But, I was still finding myself in front of clients who needed more help than I could offer. Again, I was frustrated that resources for aging or downsizing clients were so minimal.
abiRiver was born during the uncertain period of COVID where no on really know what the next year would bring or what the next market would look like. But one thing was for sure, there would always be someone looking for help downsizing or transitioning a parent into their next home.
This was the perfect combination of both worlds. Not only do I get to continue advocating and supporting my clients through major transitions in their life, both joyful periods and mourning periods, but I get to be the resource I was looking for. I am now the person someone calls when they don’t know who else to turn to. I might not have the services they need, but I still advocate and find them the right service for them. And as more clients challenge me to grow creatively, I continue to broaden our network of resources and serve my clients in ways I haven’t been able to find through any other company.
Not only am I able to support my clients through big changes, but I know personally how important it is to have a job that values your time, your efforts and understands how unpredictable life can be. Which is why a big part of who I am, is that I'm proud to be a business owner who can bring employment opportunities to my staff.
I offer non traditional job opportunities for my staff which mean they can set their own schedules, which is vital with a childcare shortage. It means, we support each other when sick days or sick kids happen.
So finally, who I am to you? I believe relationships are everyone. So I hope I'm the person who can help simplify things for you or a loved one.
Do you or a parent need to relocate to retire, transitioning to senior living or are you stepping in for a family member who has an estate to clean out? Call abiRiver Consulting for more information or to schedule a free consult: 701-430-9209
abiRiver Consulting aims to serve our local community with compassion, empathy and sincerity.
Therese Johnson, REALTOR®, Owner
abiRiver Consulting | abiRiver.com | email@example.com
Licensed agent at Dakota Plains Realty
5302 51st Ave S, Suite B | Fargo ND