I am honored to be a board member for Michiana Five for the Homeless. As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a heart for reaching out to the homeless in the areas in which I have lived.
I grew up in Elkhart, IN, and graduated from Memorial High School in 1984. From there I moved to Minneapolis, MN, for four years where I worked with the homeless Native Americans and did some street ministry.
I then moved to Tulsa, OK, for two years working at St. John Medical Center as a rehab technician on an intensive rehabilitation unit. I eventually moved back to Elkhart to be close to my family.
I went to nursing school at IUSB and obtained my RN nursing degree and licensure in 1993. I’ve worked in hospitals and different area nursing homes, and I was director of nursing at Woodland Manor in Elkhart in recent years. My current position is at Memorial Hospital Epworth Center. I love my job. It involves mental health, which is a greatly underserved need.
Nursing has always been my heart combined with my Christian faith. Combining these two causes me to desire to reach out and do what I can do in a tangible way. I believe in James 2: 14:
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
The strengths that I bring with me as a board member is organization, knowledge of the issues that lead to homelessness, education and experience in health and mental health issues, and genuine concern for my brothers and sisters in need. I have ideas to share and am available to respond if needed. I look forward to serving my community with the Michiana Five for the Homeless!