Jane started volunteering at the Mission in fall 2016 through her Gender and Women’s Studies class at CSUN. She would spend four to six hours a week helping with reception and intake. “I literally fell in love with the work that’s done here,” Jane said. “I fell in love with the families and the staff. It’s such a great place for me.”
Last fall, Jane started a nine-month internship. She quickly became a key leader for the children’s activity time and helped create and implement programming. She oversees other volunteers and interns, and provides quality care for the children. She gained the respect of the guests and staff through her compassion, caring attitude, and worth ethic. So when a shelter staff position opened up earlier this year, Jane was immediately hired. “I’ve learned how to listen with a compassionate heart and be there for someone whether it’s through an encouraging word or just by listening to their stories,” she said.
In May, Jane graduated with a degree in Sociology and is looking forward to a long career in the nonprofit sector. “My grandma Consuelo had always told me stories of how she would serve her community in all types of ways,” she said. “I would call her a social worker without the professional title. I think she’s the one who has inspired me to pursue a life in serving others.”
Jane is truly an inspiration and we’re so grateful to have her on the team!