Project CATCH Coordinator
The Salvation Army

Jennifer has lived in Raleigh for 25 years but began her work with the homeless in Washington DC in 1992. Always an advocate for the underserved she served as a Grants Director for Share Our Strength, a hunger-relief program in Washington DC, an HIV counselor for Planned Parenthood and in Cameroon Africa, as a Guardian ad Litem, the Legislative Liaison for her school district, a Director for a statewide program serving child abuse victims with the NC Attorney General's Office. A graduate from UNC Chapel Hill's Masters in Social Work and Public Health, she is now back working with the homeless population and coordinates Project CATCH (Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless), an outreach program of the Salvation Army, serving over 450 children a year in Wake County and conducting community wide trauma informed care trainings. Project CATCH received the Beyond Housing award in 2016 at the Children, Poverty and Homelessness Conference and in 2017 the Community Advocate Award at the National Children Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. The latest initiative is a project funded by the Division of Child Development and Early Education which aims to work with collaborative partners statewide to increase access for families experiencing homelessness to child care and early childhood education providers and develop strong cross-sectional relationships.

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