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Home & Hope Staff
Rev. Raj Rambob, Executive Director, joined Home & Hope in August, 2009.
Raj has worked in the non-profit world since 1984. Raj served as board vice-president of Mahima, a non-profit that operated a school in his native India, for 23 years. Raj worked as an educator and administrator in non-profit K-12 education and began active work serving the homeless in El Dorado County, California as co-founder of Grace Place and United Outreach of El Dorado County (UOEDC). Raj returned to California from the Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon where he served as the Executive Director, heading the agency in its collaborative, inter-disciplinary mission of connecting students from under-served populations to careers in health care, and connecting under- served communities to health care services.
Among the achievements Raj is most happy to announce is the 42% increase in program capacity since his acceptance of the position of Executive Director at HOME & HOPE.
Raj was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ last year and is continuing his education by pursuing a Masters of Community Leadership at American Baptist Seminary of the West/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
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Arlina Ramirez, Weekend Office Manager
Arlina, a founding employee, joined the organization in September 2001. Arlina has spent 20 years working with housing in San Mateo County as a Housing Specialist assisting homeless and low-income populations. She was recognized by County Supervisors and Women in Government as outstanding Woman of the Year in 2002 for her extraordinary commitment and service. She is responsible for assisting clients in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing.
A native to the Peninsula, Gina has worked as a Receptionist/Office Admin and Pharmacy Tech. Gina is now HOME & HOPE's Program Assistant.
In 2010 when the economy crashed, Gina worked for Goodwill Industries. At the time, she and her son and lived with Gina's mom. In March 2012 Gina's mom was diagnosed with cancer and passed away March 21. Gina's household income was greatly diminished. Unable to keep up with bills, Gina and her son became homeless, and, eventually became guests at Home and Hope. "My time as a guest became more than finding a place to live. I love the concept and compassion of one human being helping another."
As a Program Assistant Gina looks forward to connecting with clients and volunteers.HOME & HOPE is lucky to have Gina on staff!
Meg Clark grew up in the Bay Area and is a recent graduate from Illiff School of Theology in Denver. She earned her Master's degree in Social Change, while serving as a youth pastor and working to organize students. While living in Denver she also worked as a behavior coach for at-risk youth and their families.
After receiving her B.S. in Interdisciplinary studies from Columbia Christian College in Portland,OR; sShe served in the Peace Corps in Gao, Mali; worked as a camp director in Grass Valley, CA and taught English in South Korea.
She came back to the Bay Area to be close to family and has been managing marketing content and social media. Meg enjoy's being a listening and empowering person in people's lives and as volunteer coordinator looks forward to connecting with all of HOME & HOPE's wonderful volunteers and guests.
Enrique joined Home and Hope October of 2013. As a single father with a background in property management, and, as such, very familiar with how hard it can be to afford housing, he sought to reach out and help his community in any way possible, and Home and Hope was just the right fit for him.
As Home and Hope's "transportation and logistics guy," Enrique is responsible for loading and delivering Home and Hope supplies and our clients to and from our many different host sites.
Enrique is immersed in various other social and community- based environments playing musical instruments, supporting local music events, relaxing with friends, and watching films.