I was never one of those kids who had a consistent answer for what they wanted to be when they grew up. I think I typically swung from being wildly sure I would be a whale trainer, to convinced I would be a dentist (an aspiration that died with my first chemistry class, by the way). Moving into adulthood, my dreams didn’t narrow too much. As a result, if someone tried to track my career path over the last decade, it might look pretty similar to one of those metal balls bouncing around in a pinball machine. But while at times I’ve questioned the path I was on, I can turn to God now and praise his goodness and wisdom for where he has led me. And make no mistake, he’s been leading me from the start.
I was born and raised in Eugene, with the privilege of being able to enjoy many of the amazing things about this place. After a few years at the University of Virginia, I came back and finished up my undergrad degree here at the U of O. It wasn’t until I returned that I realized I had a bit of a soft spot for this place and the people here. A few years of work with the community and a Master’s degree later, I’m now lucky enough to come on board with Hosea for this incredibly special project as the Residential Program Manager. Being brand new to Hosea, I realize there is a lot I need to learn. But as this new housing project begins, I am honored and humbled to be part of providing housing and stability for some youth who really need it. It will be amazing to see how the Lord works in the lives of not only the youth, but staff, volunteers, mentors, and so many partners in the community. It is motivating and exciting to see how much community support and eagerness there is for this project and it’s an opportunity I am thrilled to be a part of.
As I look forward to the work I will be able to do with Hosea, I’m so excited and also realize the uphill climb we’re all facing as we begin to open up the home. In the classic Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, he writes of a time when some adventurers were lost on the sea. When the passengers had all but given up hope, a guide was sent to show the way back to safety. As it did so, it whispered to them, “Courage, dear Heart.” I am so relieved to know that the Lord is our guide and light and as we do our best to navigate this adventure, he is constantly whispering to us, “Courage, dear Heart.”
Residential Program Manager – SVDP/HYS Youth Home