"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? Lived in Japan and traveled Asia. 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."
"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 community. I live to inspire our youth to dream and spark their creativity to keep moving forward and take us beyond my imagination."
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."
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."
Offender Success Housing Navigator
"I am a person who believes that anything and any situation, can be addressed with those 66 books of the bible. I attempt to look at every situation as an assignment to assist the individual/family to a healthier quality of life. I work within the Offender Success Program and my point of focus is "WHAT THEY'VE DONE, IS NOT WHO THEY ARE". I have been blessed to do well, in my level of training and education, I have just finished my second master's degree, but knowledge without wisdom does no good in life. I feel my history of working within the community, and keeping God first is key. I attempt to let my light shine before all men at all times. I rebuild, rebirth and reconstruct the life of others with God's help! More proudly, I am a mother of two awesome children, I come from family culture and values. LOVE IS NOT ONLY A WORD BUT A POINT OF ACTION IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE. And this is who I am!"
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!"
Farm Manager, McLaughlin Grows
"Who knew my path in life would lead me to being 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!"
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."
Community Health Worker
"I'm Kenya Foster, I'm very entergetic, outgoing, and genuine. I enjoy working with others, and love being part of a team.
Family is very important to me. I'm a single mother of two and my daughters Kyra, and Kylee are my pride and joy. My job enables me to encourage others and help them accomplish their goals. As they beecome independent, build strength, courage, cconfidence in activities of daily living. It's all about diving in and not giving up!"
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."
"My journey at community encompass started about three years ago when i started the youth empowerment program (YEP) at that time i was introduced to urban farming and also developed a love for plants . i continued working on the farm in the summer and attending leadership through the fall. it wasn't until my third years as a yep that my youth director said that community encompass had a need for an receptionist and that i was fit for the job and since then i received and improved in many skills such a people skills and multitasking."
AmeriCorps Housing and Resource Agent
"I'm Young and just looking for answers! Everyday I come to work, I come with the mindset to learn and to empower myself and others. When im not at work , im either running, reading or just laughing with some friends.
In other words Im just a kid that grew up in the McLaughlin neighborhood giving back to the Community."