Viviana Camacho

Viviana Camacho, Parent Assistant, has abundant experience caring for children and elderly in various settings in New York City and New Jersey. She has been trained and certified as a NYC Foster Parent, and helps her community with Foster Care. She completed studies at Hostos Community College in 2016 and is a Certified Nursing Assistant, with clinical experience at Bronx Lebanon Rehabilitation, and has experience as a receptionist at South Bronx Dialysis Center. She additionally holds CPR certification from the American Health Association. This medical knowledge will be an asset as Viviana cares for our residents and their children at Expect Hope.

Viviana is responsible, caring, and attentive with the gift to interact with children in a way that draws them out and makes them feel loved. She lives out her faith daily in a tangible way and is very transparent with her love for the Lord. She is the vibrant mother to three children, and strongly believes that spending time with children is a wonderful gift from the Lord. Viviana’s warm personality is what makes her an amazing servant in Expect Hope.

Amber ChurnBorn and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Amber Churn, Guidance Counselor, has had extensive training and leadership experience in the mental health field. Amber received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a focus on family studies from Georgia State University. In 2015, she completed continuing education in ministry leadership, focusing on urban outreach, missions, theology, and Biblical counseling. She has since worked as a Children’s and Youth Director for a church in Decatur, GA. Over the years, Amber has enjoyed volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Turning Point Homes, and the Dream Center of Atlanta. In addition, she has traveled to India, Australia, and Honduras for international missions.

God recently called Amber to New York City with a purpose to restore families. Amber has been serving as a counselor in crisis pregnancy centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. During this work, she has successfully aided hundreds of young women in employment, material provisions, and social and spiritual growth. As an advocate for life, Amber believes in encouraging young mothers to become independent and successful. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with the vision to see all families healthy and thriving. In the coming years, she is excited to use her calling to advance the mission of Expect Hope.

 

33602814_1850146271956725_831229622367551488_oAmynah Diop, Resident Director, was born and raised in California but considers herself an honorary New Yorker because of her love for the City. Since coming to faith in 2008, she has been actively involved in evangelism and pro-life outreaches and has a strong desire to serve the young women of New York.

Amynah received her Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature at the City College of New York, where she used her time on campus to minister to fellow students and faculty. She led a Christian Club that was devoted to engaging others with the good news of the gospel, interfaith dialogues, education on pro-life issues, and community service. She has worked as a nanny, caterer, tutor, restaurant hostess, and strongly believes that God used her early years to prepare her to serve in ministry. She has attended mission trips overseas, but wants to devote her time being a light where she lives. Her unwavering commitment in helping others to know the love of Christ is why she believes God had called her to Expect Hope.

 

IMG_9030 (1)Fariza Gulomikova, Resident Assistant, is originally from Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She moved to the United States to pursue higher education. She has degrees in Fashion Design and Media, Culture, and the Arts. Before joining Expect Hope Fariza has worked in the fashion industry, finance, sales, and marketing. Fariza was raised in a Muslim country and household. She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her savior when she was eleven years old at a church camp in Tajikistan. She has served and pursued the Lord ever since. She was part of children’s and youth ministries for many years. Since she moved to New York City she has served the homeless and continued working in children’s ministry. Fariza has a special place in her heart for women’s ministry. Growing up in a Muslim country, she witnessed inequality and injustice that women had to face on a constant basis. She believes that the Lord has called her to help and encourage women to find their identities in Christ. Women are created in the image of God and have a unique purpose in life. They all deserve respect, recognition, and equal opportunities in all aspects of life. She loves serving women in need, especially those who come or live in the Muslim world. She is honored and humbled that she has the opportunity to serve the women of Expect Hope. She loves the Lord and is passionate about doing His work – loving and serving people like Christ.

 

1401760_758326784183730_235687974_oKeyla Marte, Resident Assistant, has worked with refugees and girls with special needs, implementing and conducting group therapy sessions to address severe social, emotional, and behavioral problems. She is also an experienced Resident Assistant, having held this position in a dormitory setting at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. Keyla was the former President of her campus’ Sister to Sister women’s empowerment in which she was responsible for organizing events to raise awareness, fundraise, and promote women’s empowerment. She understands every woman’s need to have a safe, Christ-centered community that will help to meet her material, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Keyla believes the best way Expect Hope can meet the needs and serve women is by putting biblical principles into practice. The gospel reminds women that they are loved, safe and supported. She wants to build trust with each woman through various activities and daily interaction. This trust is foundational to ensure that every woman feels safe and comfortable. Keyla seeks to daily remind the residents that Expect Hope is a place where they will not meet condemnation, but receive the love of Christ. Keyla has a strong willingness to grow and be challenged in her faith and personal development. Through serving the residents of Expect Hope she knows that she will learn from these experiences and allow the Holy Spirit to move.