Hi! I’m Shawna! As one of the Receptionists here, I’m usually the person you’ll see at the front desk at Streets Alive, or the person you talk to when you call in to the office.
Traffic director, friend, assistant, administrator – I’m kind of a “Jack of all trades” and I do whatever I can to help around the Mission. At the office, I direct our clients to the PIN Bank, and I assist our clients to find out where to go for help with addictions. I input all of the info for the PIN Bank into our computer system to keep track of what comes in and what goes out. I’ve also been respite house-mom for the Segue Women’s Home.
I came to Streets Alive as a lost and broken person, myself. I have had a ten-year relationship with the Mission. I came for help trying to figure life out. I wanted to work at Streets Alive because it has been such a big part of my life. People here showed me I was worthy in Christ and loveable, and they gave me hope. They loved me until I could love myself.
I would say that one of the most important things I do is to love on the clients and people at the Mission. Because I’ve walked the road that they are on, I can help to support them and celebrate recovery. I continue to be a part of the support groups on Thursday nights at the Mission, including a 12-step community.
In my spare time, I like going to movies with friends, and hanging out with recovery friends and Christian friends. Recently I’ve reconnected with my Mom, and I am enjoying getting to know her better and having video chats with her since she lives in another city.
I love people, and I love to show them that there is in hope in Christ. I want them to know that alcohol and drugs and broken hearts can be overcome.
Come by and see me at the office, especially if you have questions about volunteering at Streets Alive Mission, or helping out in any other ways. I began my time at the Mission as a client, then worked as a volunteer before being hired, and I’m happy to help you in any way I can!