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    This week’s community spotlight is Sean Hamil, a Case Manager for our Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.

    Sean’s enthusiasm and passion for the work are a joy to work with. He goes above and beyond every day to help our unhoused neighbors achieve permanent housing.

    “What I do every day is work with hundreds of individual people with individual stories. They have individual needs and there are always different solutions to the problems in their lives. So, we try on different shoes till we find the ones that fit!

    I've had clients that have worked their whole lives and due to some unfortunate incident or series of unfortunate incidents, they now find themselves in need of our services. When it comes down to it, all of us are one or two paychecks away from homelessness. We might think we have our act together, but you could end up out there given the right circumstances.

    I am so grateful to be able to be in a position where I can do this work and help everyone I meet.”

    Thank you for all that you do, Sean! 👏💙
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    This week’s community spotlight is Sean Hamil, a Case Manager for our Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.  Sean’s enthusiasm and passion for the work are a joy to work with. He goes above and beyond every day to help our unhoused neighbors achieve permanent housing.  “What I do every day is work with hundreds of individual people with individual stories. They have individual needs and there are always different solutions to the problems in their lives. So, we try on different shoes till we find the ones that fit!  Ive had clients that have worked their whole lives and due to some unfortunate incident or series of unfortunate incidents, they now find themselves in need of our services. When it comes down to it, all of us are one or two paychecks away from homelessness. We might think we have our act together, but you could end up out there given the right circumstances.  I am so grateful to be able to be in a position where I can do this work and help everyone I meet.”  Thank you for all that you do, Sean! 👏💙Image attachment

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    🌟 Sean is a rockstar 🌟

    We appreciate you, Sean! ❤️❤️