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Morgan became the Executive Director in the spring of 2016. Previously she had served as the Development and Community Relations Director and led the coordination of signature fundraising events including the annual Run for Shelter 5K, and Tastes & Treasures. She continues to engage with the community, speaking with groups of all ages and affiliations, and helping to coordinate volunteer efforts. In addition, she supports the efforts of staff and clients in our programs to work toward long term solutions to housing challenges and crises in our community. Morgan also coordinates our First Time Homebuyers Program along with the Borough of State College. Please contact her with your questions about how to help, how to donate, and how Housing Transitions works.
Annette has been meeting needs and filling a number of different roles in Housing Transitions since 1997. She started in the Centre House shelter, and eventually moved behind the scenes to provide supervisory and program support to our staff. She took on more and more of the financial workings of the organization, and her attention to detail has made her adept and efficient at ensuring compliance with our grants. Recently, in 2017, her position was renamed to Finance Manager to reflect a focus on finances and compliance as our organization has grown. While she provides less of a supervisory role, members of our team continue to seek her experienced knowledge and educated opinions.
Kendra has worked with Housing Transitions for over a decade. She started as the Centre House manager, and then worked in a number of roles, filling in where we needed. Her extensive skill set and expertise have fit well into her newest title as Program Manager, earned in early 2017. She now provides supervisory support to all of our program staff including those working in Centre House shelter, in transitional housing, and adult services case management. She also provides support to our Supportive Services Coordinator.
After years as the Housing Case Manager, Jennifer was promoted to Centre House Shelter Manager. In this role, she works directly with residents in Centre House, home to the shelter and Housing Transitions offices. In addition to working with clients, helping them set goals, and providing support and guidance during their stay, Jennifer provides leadership support to the Centre House Case Manager and the night shift supervisors who ensure the shelter is professionally staffed 24/7 all year.
“This is a very challenging job. Helping clients overcome their particular barriers and learn how to navigate safety net services, for longterm stability is rewarding.”
Brandon regularly meets with clients in our bridge housing, and permanent supportive housing programs to work on goals, budgeting, job searches and whatever else the client might need to successfully maintain or work toward stable housing. He performs apartment inspections and juggles furniture to make sure that the apartments are kept in good condition and providing a safe, supportive environment for our clients.
As the Adult Services Case Manager, Jan helps people, from 18-59 years old, stay in their homes. A master at resource coordination, she assists people on an individual basis to address their unique needs. Often, her clients are challenged with illness or disability affecting their ability to maintain and care for their current homes.
JoAnn joined our staff in the spring of 2017, after working for decades in the New York City area. She brings her expertise in a variety of housing programs to Central Pennsylvania and we are thrilled to have her join our team. JoAnn guides families and individuals who are experiencing homeless or at imminent risk to become homeless. She provides case management,resources referrals, budgeting assistance and goal setting to help people find more independent and sustainable housing solutions.
Mary started in October 2017 as the new Rapid Rehousing Case Manager. We were thrilled to receive funding from HUD to be able to offer this new service. Individuals and families who are literally homeless, meaning they have been sleeping in a place considered uninhabitable by humans, or in a shelter, are eligible to apply for security deposit, first month’s rent, and some assistance for a few more months to get into a new apartment.
Ginger joined Housing Transitions in the fall of 2017 as our Development and Community Relations Coordinator. In addition to leading coordinating outreach and volunteer opportunities, Ginger will lead the way in creating new and fun events for all different demographics. Check our events page frequently to see what great opportunities we have to engage with our organization and help our clients. Ginger will be happy to talk with your organization about ways to help Housing Transitions and our community!
Gina has joined our staff in a position new to the organization as of the spring of 2017. She works with residents living in a number of scattered site apartment complexes throughout the county that provide affordable and market rate options for individuals and families. She provides referrals, coordinates services and develops community building activities in each place.
Susan manages the budget counseling program for our first time home buyers program. She also coordinates as a liaison between residents and apartment managers in the apartments owned by Temporary Housing Foundation, another branch of Housing Transitions.