Category: Staff Profiles

Ali, Program Coach

We’d like to introduce you to Ali Hobson, Program Coach.  Ali is a Program Coach for My Sister Susan’s House and a Case Manager for the HEARTH Rapid Rehousing program. She provides support and services through case management (individualized goals, referrals for resources, connections with providers and other professionals)  to youth who are transitioning into

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How to #BeAConnection for a Child or Family

Youth Focus Safe Haven Therapist, Ashlyn Hodges, shares important identifiers and tips for understanding how you can be a connection in preventing child abuse. Many people may refer to child abuse as physical abuse that shows marks on a child; however, the signs aren’t always so clear. Child abuse can be physical, sexual, and emotional,

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Jonathan Mindas, HEARTH Program Manager

Jon Mindas manages HEARTH. HEARTH offers transitional housing to homeless young adults age 18-21 in a supervised, yet independent, living environment.  Youth receive counseling, vocational and educational training, parent education services, independent living skills training, and other supports as needed for his or her individual situation.  Read more about HEARTH here.  Let’s learn more about Jon!

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Adrian Wright, Program Coach

Adrian Wright = The Definition of Team Player!   The young adults that Adrian works with absolutely love the support they get from him. He greets everyone with a huge welcoming smile and we are so glad to have him on our team. Let’s learn more about Adrian! 1. What is your favorite memory from Youth

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Rebecca Hood, Crisis Care Professional

Rebecca Hood began her career with Youth Focus as an intern– but you’d never know it!  If you walked into Act Together, you wouldn’t even suspect she was an intern because she inserted herself as a crucial part of our team.  When her internship was over we didn’t want to lose a significant member of

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Olivia W. Smith, Trauma Therapist

Olivia Smith is a Trauma Therapist with Safe Haven.  Safe Haven Outpatient Counseling provides free counseling to youth ages 6 to 24.  Funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission, Safe Haven provides free outpatient counseling to youth victims of crime.   This often includes victims of physical violence, bullying, sexual assault, rape; mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, or

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Talissa Bell, Crisis Care Professional

Talissa Bell is a Crisis Care Professional at Act Together, our emergency shelter for you experiencing homelessness. Act Together is an emergency housing facility for male, female and gender-nonconforming youth who have run away, are experiencing a family crisis, are the victims of abuse or neglect, or are homeless for other reasons. The maximum stay

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Jennifer Shafer, Program Coach for HEARTH Transitional Living Program

Haaaaave you met Jennifer Shafer? Jennifer is a Program Coach at Hearth Transitional Living Program. Hearth offers transitional housing to homeless young adults age 18-21 in a supervised, yet independent, living environment.  Youth receive counseling, vocational and educational training, parent education services, independent living skills training, and other supports as needed for his or her

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Bonny Buckley, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor

Bonny is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, and an all-around awesome person who has been with Youth Focus since 2004!   Let’s learn more about Bonny! 1. What is your favorite memory from Youth Focus? SO MANY awesome memories! Early during my time at Youth Focus I remember finishing a

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Jannifer Pastorick, Safe Place Coordinator

It’s National Safe Place Week, and we’re celebrating!  #NSPWeek2020 honors Safe Place, an outreach and prevention program for youth in crisis that is operated locally by Youth Focus. National Safe Place Week serves to recognize the many valued partners who work together to provide immediate help and safety for all young people. It is a

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