My parents made volunteering and service a part of my childhood lifestyle. I believe that's why I feel compelled to do everything in my power to help make a significant impact to better the world. When I was 19 I felt a pull into the homeless community with a deep desire to understand their suffering and provide supportive services. I volunteered alongside various ministries and churches to meet basic needs such as clothing, food, showers, and shelter- however, I came to realize that nearly 80% of the people that access these services return year after year. That is why I launched a non-profit organization designed to provide outreach, fellowship, and case management style services in conjunction with existing care.
Throughout the 10 years, I spent building collaboration with ministries and churches, establishing an understanding of the homeless service sector, and listening to the concerns of people living in poverty and on the streets I knew that something needed to change.
The government and all its agencies, non-profit organizations, ministries, and the community need to operate in unison.
Our current siloed approach and lack of effective collaboration only duplicate efforts and prevents people from gaining access to the services they desperately need.
It is my mission to have every faith group offering services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness to accompany those efforts with a proven step-by-step relationship-building and community navigating guide and to join the collective impact of sharing data and information on services and clients to break down the siloes and end homelessness and poverty, one person, at a time.
Because the reality is- we can't do this alone.
I am constantly out in the world sharing this information with others and now it is time for me to write a book to educate, inspire, and transform the way we think about ending homelessness at our churches and in our community.
As it's been said, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Will you help me teach people how to fish?