Established in 1986, to address one of our most devastating human rights problems, Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, Inc. (Homefirst) delivers comprehensive solutions to homelessness. Homefirst offers services in three program areas:
"Jennie Crespo, director of housing and social service, at Homefirst, Inc. in Plainfield, New Jersey, knows firsthand what the families she helps to conquer homelessness feel when at a most vulnerable time in their lives.
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Homefirst staff member Jennie CrespoJennie Crespo, Director of Housing and Social Service, has been an integral member of the Homefirst staff for the last 15 years.Her leadership has helped grow Homefirst's housing and social service programs to 51 homes today.
Jennie's professional career has spanned 25 years, serving a variety of special needs populations including; homeless, persons with disabilities, veterans, victims of domestic violence, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Jennie will be the first to tell you her responsibilities at Homefirst don't constitute her job but rather her calling.
"Homefirst lives by its mission and I love being a part of all that we stand for " she recently remarked.
Perhaps Homefirst's clients sense that Jennie's reassuring manner and sound advice don't just come from years of counseling homeless families.
Jennie says, "I can truly say I have walked in some of the shoes of the families I serve and I know exactly what they are going through.
Jennie openly discusses the time in her life when she and her family were homeless.
Jennie shared the following story with all of us last winter after participating in the annual HUD Point in Time count of the homeless conducted nationwide every January.