"I love my job because it allows me to work right where I live, in my community. I’m constantly finding new leaders in our neighborhood. I enjoy mobilizing them to begin and grow positive projects that strengthen the community. I live to inspire our youth to dream and spark their creativity to keep moving forward and take us beyond my imagination."
Bethany Housing Program Director
"I am energetic, talkative, and animated. With joy and passion, I serve as an advocate for justice and change. Guided by the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love,” I have a knack for igniting hope while empowering people to move from being victims of their circumstances to the architects of their own destiny. At Community enCompass, I am able to use my tremendous energy doing what I love—helping people discover what it means to find their destiny and live the Abundant Life."
Community Health Worker / Housing Specialist
"Having lived in Muskegon for over 30 years, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be working in my community with this group of caring and committed people. Together, we connect our neighbors with the help they need, whether it be housing or health care, or just being there with them when they need someone to listen and to know that they are not alone. This work is rewarding beyond measure and I feel very fortunate to be involved in it."
Housing Resource Navigator
"I am a West Michigan native with my roots firmly planted in Muskegon! This is a great place to live, play and work. I have always wanted to live downtown, three years ago that became a reality. Now I am able to walk to worship and work! Helping others with the dignity of a hand up has always been my personal philosophy towards serving others."
Community Health Worker
”I was born and raised right here in the McLaughlin neighborhood. There is nothing I love more than coming into Community enCompass on a daily basis with the mission in my heart to grow and improve our community from the inside out. I am a mother of two beautiful girls whom I plan to groom into community leaders with my position as a Community Health Worker. It allows me to be who I have always wanted to be, a brick in a strong foundation of growth. I enjoy reading, being a mom, and traveling. I am a child of God with a heart filled with faith. "Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together." Community enCompass has given me the ability to grow and write a new chapter of my life.”
Housing Informational Specialist
”I work with homeless individuals in Muskegon County and assess the homelessness in order to pair them up with services for their specific need. I am Central Michigan University and Baker College student. In a year in a half, I will have three degrees. Two Bachelor’s which will be in Human Services and Community Organization and Family Studies w/ a minor in Psychology and an Associate’s in Human Services and Community Organizations. My hobbies are singing and being a well-rounded musician when I have the opportunity.”
Family Support Liaison
”I have been in the housing industry for over 25 years in some capacity. I have owned and operated a successful real estate and appraisal company, been a Certified Housing Counselor, Credit and Budget Counselor and Financial Coach. My broad background gives me the ability to help our neighbors with a variety of issues that they may be facing. I enjoy helping people succeed and will go above and beyond to help them to become successful. I believe these skills have prepared me for this position and I am excited to become part of the team at Community enCompass!”
Rehab Specialist & Community Development Catalyst
"I’d have to say I have my dream job. How many people can honestly say that they get to live their work? I have the good fortune to be one that doesn’t simply punch a time clock. I get to go to work and do life with my co-workers who are my friends and neighbors. I get to work with neighbors who have become my friends and most importantly I get to share with those who don’t live in the downtown neighborhoods the good that exists in our community and help them discover how to be involved with neighbors and join in the amazing work that neighbors are already doing."
Housing and Resource Agent & Office Manager
"My name is Cherrelle. I am a Mom, Housing and Resource Agent, Office Manager, Culture Creator and Neighbor. While having all these roles may sound overwhelming I enjoy every one of them. I believe God put me here to help others at times where they may feel there is no hope or there is no one there for them. I love my community and will always give back to it!"
John A. Taylor
Housing Resource Specialist, Sacred Suds Supervisor, Outreach Coordinator, Veterans Coordinator
"I believe our lives are like books; Every one with a story to tell. I want to know the stories. I am a Christian, a husband to Virginia, the father of four adult daughters, one elementary-aged son, and grandfather of two beautiful girls. I've been happily married for over three decades, am a native Michigander, proud resident of Muskegon, lover of Lake Michigan, writer and compulsive book hoarder. My personal vision is to serve others so that they are able to live full and rich lives and share their stories with the world. I believe that much of our soul is hidden, even from ourselves, and that only an encounter with a living God can help us discover who we really are."
Marketing & Events Coordinator
”I’m a Welsh man stranded in Michigan, but I’m where I’m meant to be. Fascinated by photography and sharing the stories of those on the edges of society”.
Grants and Special Projects Manager
"I am a proud fourth generation Muskegonite, and currently raising the fifth generation of my family here. Growing up where I did, in the family that I did, instilled in me an appreciation for so many aspects of my hometown: the grit and determination of the people, the unique natural resources, and the history of the urban environment to name a few. For the six years prior to my employment at Community enCompass, certain opportunities lead me to work away from Muskegon. I administered a large federal housing grant in Hamtramck, MI and I worked for a Christian Community Development Organization in Grand Rapids. There I was able to learn a variety of skills that allow me to work alongside my neighbors to build community in the city that I love. Working for Community enCompass, I keep the following verse in mind: “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” (Jeremiah 28:7, NIV). I look forward to seeing what I can help Community enCompass build in our core neighborhoods.""
Assistant Farm Manager, McLaughlin Grows
"I feel it is important to give to the community where you live. Leading youth to self-sufficiency, teaching leadership skills through guidance and mentoring; these are how I believe we grow effective communities. Being able to mentor youth through the programs I am involved in is how I can make a difference."
Property Maintenance and Rehab
”I’m a native Muskegonite, but have traveled abroad and around the USA. I have been a teacher in both Kyrgyzstan and California, but God called me back to my hometown, not to teach, but to be taught. I am learning every day about the strength and life of Muskegon, and I hope that through my actions I can come alongside the community I was raised in to help it the way it has helped me.”
"I get to live and play in McLaughlin. I get to work in McLaughlin. I get to worship in McLaughlin. My world is small and centered and grounded and I love it. Before this? I lived in Japan and traveled Asia. I taught English to hundreds of Japanese students, slept on tatami mats and in Buddhist temples, ate sushi cross-legged, drank Asahi and green tea, biked hundreds of miles of back roads, and learned what being “in the minority” means. Lessons from that world seep constantly into experiences in this world."
Farm Manager, McLaughlin Grows
"Who knew my path in life would lead me to be an urban farmer? My work has allowed me to assist in teaching disabled children, go back to school to become a horticulturist, grow tropical plants in a greenhouse, and tended grounds near the nation’s capital. My family life has allowed me to raise two wonderful children into amazing adults, and now be blessed with grandchildren to pamper and love. All of these things eventually brought me to Muskegon, where I am now privileged to work in the same neighborhoods I call home. Being allowed to serve those in the community while having my hands in the dirt is a dream I could never have imagined coming true, but here we are….and I cannot wait to see what we will accomplish together!"
Americorps HARA Program
"I was born and raised in Muskegon MI. I moved to Kalamazoo, MI for college where I received my B.S in Family Studies. My main goal is to help others who are in need in any form that I can. I have a passion to serve my community, developed from the past interactions and experiences I have had with people who have helped build up the community before me. I'm quite most of the time but I like to get my point across when needed. I like to be the supporter and help push people towards their goals and to help them set their goal higher. I love to work as a team! As many have said, “Teamwork makes a dream work”. I believe this is true with everyone at Community enCompass."
Family Support Liaison
"I am excited to live and work in the community that I grew up in. I have numerous childhood memories of the McLaughlin neighborhood from participating in the Yellow House and attending McLaughlin Elementary School. I am thrilled that GOD has allowed me to return to my childhood neighborhood to serve HIS people and the Muskegon community. My compassion and intrinsic motivation allows me to be an advocate for those in need while helping individuals become self-sufficient."
De La Garza
Americorps HARA program
"I am a cancer thriver, my doctors told me I would never taste again. Thank the Lord, they were wrong. I told myself I would never be a grandmother, thank the Lord I was wrong! I have been blessed in so many ways with four children and a granddaughter. My Previous career was working for the airlines enabling me to travel to North Shore in Hawaii, the Grand Canyon and to both of President Barack Obama’s Inaugurations. I took an early retirement from the airlines back in 2012 and then concentrated on my studies which helped me go on a trip of a lifetime with Grand Valley State University as part of a Study Abroad program to Israel, The Holy Land! It was amazing. I told everyone about my hometown, Muskegon, and how great it was; especially Lake Michigan, and of course, some of the things that needed to change. I promised the Lord I would spend the rest of my life doing his work. I am ready to be an “agent of change” and give Him the glory!"
Eviction Prevention Specialist and Receptionist
”I became a part of Community enCompass through the "pay-it-back" program in 2017. I love working here because it gives me the opportunity to help and assist people, connecting them to resources that are there to help them. My motto is "It's not where you've come from, its where you're going."
Muskegon Prescribes Food for Health Coordinator
“After having lived in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Anchorage, and Boston, moving "back home" to Muskegon has been an absolute blessing. Most of my previous work has centered on youth and families, including serving as an Education Program Manager at Junior Achievement as well as within the foster care system at Catholic Social Services. I last served Community enCompass as the Americorps VISTA Farm Education Coordinator for McLaughlin Grows during the 2014-15 school year. I also completed two other Americorps programs, City Year and Public Allies. In my spare time, I enjoy making art, watching the Turner Classic Movies channel, spending time with my family, and playing with my dog (Annie) and kitten (Bruce).”