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Staff

Laura Harker, Executive Director

executive-director-Laura-HarkerFor over 20 years, as Executive Director I have had the privilege to work with so many caring people doing great things in our own community. Working with a dedicated team of board members, staff and volunteers, has allowed our organization to grow and serve our neighbors. It is a blessing to see first-hand the difference our programs are making in our community, thanks to the generosity of our donors. Hope for a better future happens here every day.

 

Carolyn Roy, Family Promise and Family Housing Director

carolyn-roy-interfaith-coalitionI love the dedication of the staff and the volunteers to a common cause: helping the homeless in Whatcom County with housing and other needs. I am so impressed with the commitment of the volunteers toward this goal and the varied ways in which they serve. Knitting hats, working a shelter shift, serving food, distributing coats, organizing the holiday gift program, helping with housing repairs and restocking homes with necessities when new families move in. Everyone serves those in need in such a tangible way and I’m humbled to be a part of this organization.

 

Janie Pemble, Outreach Manager

Janie-PembleAs Outreach Manager I am the liaison with our member congregations and their congregational representatives, ensuring that they have the materials and information they need to engage and inform their congregation of the programs and mission of Interfaith Coalition. I work with each congregation to seek the specific role in Interfaith that best fits their congregation, and overall try to keep our member congregations motivated and involved.

I really love getting to know and work with many people in congregations and groups throughout the county, and I feel blessed because they give me the gift of hope and inspiration on a daily basis. The continual experience of so many generous and caring people in our county quietly going about doing good things for others empowers me and brings me daily affirmation that what we do together is meaningful and important. I think we provide this same hope to our families, shelter guests, and others we reach out to.

 

Andrea Hausner, Office Manager

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It is very rewarding to work for an organization that actually does make a difference in peoples’ lives. And as an added bonus you meet and work with amazing individuals, including our many volunteers, spending a lot of their time helping out where help is needed.

 

Holly Miller, Development Manager

I love Interfaith because I see the results from dedicated passionate people working hard for what they believe. I see it works because so many people give in their own way – from donations to spending nights at Family Promise to donating items for the auction to knitting hats. I see families transformed from the support and kindness. I see people coming together from many different faiths to help those in need.

We’re making good things happen and it feeds my soul.

 

Trish Navarre, Development Specialist

Trish-Navarre-board-member-interfaith-coalitionHaving worked in development for over 25 years before serving on the Board at Interfaith, I jumped at the opportunity to join the staff. Having a personal connection to families experiencing homelessness, I am passionate about the work of Interfaith and, in particular, the Family Promise program, which works to keep families together while helping them gain self-sufficiency and stability.

My work at Interfaith focuses on special events such as the March 2020 Hope Auction, Bed Race and Camp Out to End Homelessness, as well as writing and editing, which are my other favorite activities.

 

Shannon Laws, Family Housing Coordinator

 

It is a great joy to be a part of the Interfaith and Family Promise team! Homelessness is devastating for any person, how much more so for families. Keeping families together in a safe and welcoming environment during a time of crisis is a bright and restorative way to build better futures for us all.

 

Warren Meier, Property Manager

 

I am grateful to be part of the Interfaith team, an organization dedicated to improving people’s lives and giving them the opportunity to thrive. I take great satisfaction in maintaining our buildings at a high level to ensure the safety of our tenants and finding solutions to challenges that will benefit those who need it most.

 

Robert Bell, Family Promise Van Driver

 

 

It feels good to be a small part of a much bigger effort to provide shelter for families in need.