JOURNEY HOME STAFF
We invite you to read below and learn more about each of our staff members. Staff are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
EMERGENCY HOUSING STABILIZATION WORKER
Amber has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a minor in Counseling. Amber has worked in homeless services for over three years in central Connecticut. She hopes to further her education in the social work field by obtaining an MSW. In her free time, Amber enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Abreka is a first generation graduate from Southern Connecticut State University. She has a degree in Public Health and has worked in the nonprofit sector for 5 years. She has a background working with housing and medical case managers to better serve the financial needs of those experiencing homelessness. She has experience with program management and supportive services. In addition to her Public Health Career she is very passionate about her makeup business.
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF HOUSING
Nadine Malone originally joined the Journey Home team as a social work intern from Central Connecticut State University and she moved into her role as the Housing Authority Preference Coordinator in May, 2019. Nadine has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work. She received her associate’s degree and certificate in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling in 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys quality time with her family, cats and puppy.
WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
Kate was first exposed to Journey Home as an occasional weekend volunteer with her family. After spending recent years managing her busy household, she was looking for an opportunity outside of the home that would also provide service to her community. Kate feels fortunate to work with a great team of colleagues and volunteers to help address the needs of the homeless population in the Capital Region. When not in the warehouse, Kate and her husband are kept active around town with four teenagers, their adored black lab and grouchy, orange cat.
Matt has almost 20 years of nonprofit experience bringing a tremendous breadth and depth of experience to the leadership of Journey Home—in affordable housing, community organizing, international community development—as well as a strong vision and deep commitment to ending homelessness and creating opportunities for those most vulnerable in our community.
Matt has served as Journey Home’s Executive Director since 2011, and has grown the organization from a staff of 2 to a staff of 16, leading the Capitol Region to reduce chronic homelessness by 90% and overall homelessness by 60%. Matt has led Journey Home to receive several awards, including the Diane Randall Leadership Award, the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award, the Carol E. Walter Think, Be, Lead Change Award, and he has been recognized by the MetroHartford Alliance for the Hartford Unsung Heroes Award for his service during the Covid-19 pandemic, and by the Hartford Business Journey for the Top 40 Under 40 Award.
Matt is a member of the religious order of Deaconnesses and Home Missioners of the United Methodist Church. Matt also serves on the boards of directors of the Betty Knox Foundation, based in Hartford, CT, the Cargill Falls Community Development organization, based in Putnam, CT, and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. Matt and his husband Whitney and their three children live in West Hartford.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Kim joined Journey Home in 2021 as our part-time Director of Finance; after retiring from a national accounting firm. Kim is a CPA with over 35 years of public accounting experience serving nonprofit organizations, quasi-governmental and affordable housing entities focusing in audits of government funded programs. Kim is a long time volunteer at Saint Patrick Saint Anthony Church in Hartford and currently coordinates meals for area emergency shelters during the winter, coordinates a group of bakers to provide homemade goods to Hartford residents in need and is involved in several other meal programs. Kim resides in Colchester with her husband Dave, their three adult children and granddaughter also live close by.
Kanisha is very excited to fill this role for Journey Home and to help end homelessness. She has a background working in nonprofit organizations by helping families in need with support and resources. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree and hopes to further her education by attending law school. Kanisha enjoys traveling, cooking, acrylic nail art and reading.
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY
Sarah Pavone has her degree in Social Work and has worked in homeless services for more than 8 years in the capital region. Sarah has worked for numerous agencies and has experience managing the full continuum of care including outreach, prevention, diversion, emergency shelter, and permanent supportive housing. Sarah’s passion and work have been committed to system improvement to ensure individuals and families experiencing homelessness have access to quality services and housing. Sarah lives in Hamden with her son and enjoys running, hiking, and coffee.
EMERGENCY HOUSING SEARCH SPECIALIST
Heath is a recent Community Engagement graduate from Merrimack College. Heath also has a bachelor’s degree in Politics with minors in Sociology and Africana Studies from the University of Hartford. He has strong interests in affordable housing and housing discrimination. Heath hopes to use his education and resources to better the lives of others. In his free time, he loves to watch movies, play video games, and spend time with the people he loves.
QUALITY ASSURANCE SPECIALIST
Joe is passionate about his role on the Journey Home team, utilizing his background in both case management as well as housing quality assurance to best serve his clients. He is a 2020 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Sociology and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Hartford. A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Joe enjoys spending time with friends and family, learning about new cultures/languages, photography, and rooting for his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.
HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND DATA MANAGER
Tamika brings her passion to solve social problems to her work at Journey Home. She keeps the staff and office organized and is a great resource for the under-served who call Journey Home for help. Tamika has a BA and an MSW from UConn and she loves to cook and read.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Alison started off her work at Journey Home as an intern and has since been hired as a full-time employee at Journey Home. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2015 where she earned her degree in Social Services and from UConn School of Social Work in 2017 where she earned her Masters of Social Work in Community Organizing. She is honored to have the opportunity to work at Journey Home and serve the Greater Hartford community. When she is not at work you can find her running, doing yoga, spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling!
HOMELESS YOUTH & EMPLOYMENT MANAGER
Chris grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Vermont, then globetrotted from West Africa to Florida to the Pacific Northwest, and most recently Colorado for the last fifteen years, before settling here in the Hartford area (and though he might miss the mountains, he is happy to be living with his fiancé who teaches at UConn and to be driving distance from his family and the ocean). He comes to Journey Home with many years of involvement working with youth experiencing and at-risk of homelessness- the last nine with Urban Peak in Denver providing education, employment, outreach, business development, and social enterprise opportunities for youth in need. Chris is excited to join the team at Journey Home!
SARA SALOMONS WILSON
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS
Since 1995, Sara has committed her life to advocacy and justice within urban communities. Her early work as a VISTA volunteer in Grand Rapids, Michigan shaped her entire life’s calling. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ with a BA from Calvin College and an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.
Throughout her career, Sara has served churches in Michigan, Illinois and Connecticut. She has been working with Journey Home since 2014. Her passion and commitment to the work of ending homelessness is unwavering. Throughout her many years at Journey Home she has helped raise millions of dollars of essential funding all in an effort to ensure that people who need a home have a home. She also conceptualized and developed Journey Home’s volunteer engagement program, A Hand Up.
Sara lives in West Hartford and in her free time she manages the lives of her three teenage boys, hangs out with her husband as much as possible, cooks and bakes, and plays with her two pugs.
Journey Home Mission: Our mission is to ensure a home for all.
We believe the most powerful way to do this is collectively - by working together with service providers, elected officials, businesses and local communities to end homelessness in the Capital region of Connecticut. We will build partnerships, advance innovative solutions and achieve enduring, systemic change.
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