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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.
Jan began working at Housing Transitions in the fall of 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. She fulfills an important role as the Finance Assistant and works closely with our executive and management staff. As a long time supporter and employee of various non-proit community partners, we are excited to have her expertise on board. (814) 237-4863
Catie Harpster started with Housing Transitions as the Centre House Case Manager in 2019. She was promoted to Centre House Manager in February 2020. As the Centre House Manager, she oversees the operations of our shelter, the only one in Centre County that is open 24/7 everyday to serve men, women, and children with their families. She provides supervision for the Centre House Case Manager as well as our night shift supervisors who ensure the shelter is professionally staffed at all hours.
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. She coordinates in-home services to help with the upkeep of the homes provide non-medical care. She provides housing related case management unlike that of any other program in the county.
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.
Dawn joined our staff as the Centre House Case Manager in the summer of 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic crisis! As the CHCM, she works very closely with the residents of the Centre House homeless shelter program. She meets regularly with each client and helps them set goals for housing security and to take the necessary steps to achieve them. She also coordinates our Emergency Food Pantry and the food provided for residents of the shelter.
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.
Karl joined Housing Transitions in the winter of 2019 as a Supportive Services Coordinator. Since then he has taken on one night shift per week in our Centre House Shelter and has taken on the role of our Development and Community Relations Coordinator. In addition to coordinating outreach and volunteer opportunities, Karl 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. Karl will be happy to talk with your organization about ways to help Housing Transitions and our community!
Briella joined the Housing Transitions staff in the summer of 2019 and works with the clients living in Nittany House I and II and Bridge Housing. The Nittany House programs are permanent supportive housing offered to chronically homeless individuals and families with a documented disability. Bridge Housing is available for up to one year for individuals and families who have experienced homelessness.
Ginger has been with Housing Transitions since the fall of 2017. After filling a number of roles in the organization, she has taken Housing Counseling on full time and is responsible for our status as a HUD Certified Housing Counseling Agency as of the Spring of 2020. She offers housing counseling to residents of Centre County. Her services include pre and post purchase counseling and home buyer education for first time home buyers. She can also provide housing related counseling for renters, and foreclosure prevention counseling.
Susan has had a long term interest and involvement in facilitating affordable housing options in the Centre Region. For Housing Transitions, she manages the budget counseling and home buyer education program for our First-Time Home Buyers (FTHB) program. She also provides post purchase budget counseling for any FTHB who has purchased a home through the Borough of State College programs. In addition, she serves as the owner liaison between tenants and apartment managers in the apartment complexes owned by Temporary Housing Foundation, another branch of Housing Transitions.