As a teenager, Celina Rodriguez, Director of Family Services at Prospect Family Residence, experienced living in a homeless shelter with her single mother and four siblings. Now, she channels that experience into coordinating comprehensive support for homeless families seeking to secure permanent housing and financial stability. “It helps me to communicate with people
Melody Clemons-Smith, Senior Client Care Coordinator (CCC) at Saratoga Family Residence, did not always imagine herself in the field of social work. “I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up,” Clemons-Smith said. “But I was always a helper at heart.” Working as a microbiology technician at Northwell Hospital for
When Vivian Vera, Senior Accountant in the Homes for the Homeless (HFH) Finance office, applied for college, her grandfather suggested that she study accounting. “My mom was the only one who supported us, so my grandfather was like a father in my life.” She took his advice, and the rest is history. Born
Javier Marin, a maintenance worker at Saratoga, has been working hard since the age of 14. His outstanding work ethic continues to attract notice at Homes for the Homeless (HFH). Marin has lived in Queens for 18 years. Born and raised in Colombia, he moved to the United States in his early 30s.
“I always had some aspiration to give back to my community,” explained Georgeann Gigi, known by most of her coworkers as Gigi. In her role as operations associate for HFH Summer Camps, Gigi is doing just that– helping kids around her hometown of New York City have access to a real summer camp
Dorothea Nixon, Director of Prospect Family Support Center, credits her success to a strong support system growing up. Now, she’s trying to build that same support system for others. Nixon was born into a family of 5 on Long Island. They bounced from town to town, experiencing intermittent bouts of homelessness, but one thing remained
Shantie Chattergoon, born and raised far from New York, uses her job as a receptionist to make sure that all feel at home in the Homes for the Homeless central office. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, in 1987 Chattergoon’s husband got a job that moved the couple and their children to
Carjah Dawkins-Hamilton, Senior Client Care Coordinator at HFH’s Williamsbridge Family Residence, never thought she would be a social worker when she was growing up. “In a lot of Caribbean families, you’re either a nurse, a teacher, that’s the kind of field you get into,” Dawkins-Hamilton––who was born in Jamaica––explains. “You don’t really get into social