Ms. Charlotte, Resident Assistant, is passionate about women linking arms across cultural and economic divides to help one another. She believes that no woman should be hindered from the joy of finding Jesus like Mary Magdalene outside the empty tomb. Charlotte was born in the Bronx, attended middle school in Spanish Harlem and High School on the West Side of Manhattan. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities: Philosophy and English Literature from Messiah College in Pennsylvania. While in college she studied abroad in Uganda, East Africa and immersed herself in the highs and lows of culture shock while volunteering at a local orphanage. Back in the states she toured with the college’s United Voices of Praise in vastly different houses of worship and participated in service projects that facilitated the reconciliation of church and society. After graduation she returned to the Bronx and worked with Manna of Life Ministries to benefit the homeless population of New York City. Currently she serves as a deacon and Sunday School Teacher at the same church she was baptized in.
Ms. Jamali, Case Manager, aims to show the love of Christ through her encounters and service to others. She has worked for Safe Horizon, an organization servicing victims of crime, by providing crisis intervention, emotional support, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence. For over twenty years, Jamali has worked with inner city youth in multiple settings and volunteered for eleven years, as a dance instructor at Groove With Me, Inc., a free dance program for girls ages 4-18 in East Harlem. She participated in several mission trips to Puerto Rico, assisting with recovery and relief efforts after Hurricane Maria, and traveled to Venezuela with an arts and dance ministry, teaching dance workshops to children and adults living in Puerto La Cruz. Jamali believes we are called to be a voice to those often silenced. She was given the opportunity to work as the Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer for Price of Silence, a grassroots, arts collective whose goal is to bring the global struggle for women’s rights to life on stage. Her love to represent those unheard continues to remain constant and sharing the love of our Father through those interactions will forever be her mission.
“My heart has always been to help others and give back in any way I can. I have a strong passion for building communities and believe as the Body of Christ, we are a stronger unit when we come together to bring about change and success. Expect Hope is not only an option for women who may feel there is none, but also a home filled with hope, strength, purpose, and most importantly, God’s Word and Love. I am humbled to serve in this ministry and beyond blessed to be a part of the lives of each woman and child that enters the home.”
Ms. Paige, Program Director, spent five years living and serving at with an international ministry. Being part of a global movement of Christians dedicated to sharing about Jesus throughout the world is where Paige truly gave her life to the Lord. While serving, she was on staff leading faith-based schools with strong emphasis on discipleship, character development and individual mentorship. She led ministry teams all over Asia. She and her husband, Danny, met in Hawaii and have been married since 2017. More recently she has followed God’s calling to the maternal health world and was a midwife’s assistant, attending over 25 births all over the world. She has taught in midwifery colleges in Asia, taught elementary classes to asylum seekers from Pakistan, volunteered in orphanages, and partnered with a non-profit working to free women from sex-trafficking. Two of her passions in life are maternal health and ministry. Back on the East Coast, she discovered Expect Hope and fell in love with the vision and mission it encompasses.
“The Lord has saved me from death and has given me life abundantly. With that, I feel it is my joyful response to Jesus to help others in seeing that He is Lord. Expect Hope gives mamas and babies a new start to have life abundantly. I am honored to serve and be a small reflection of God’s grace and love. True religion is this, to look after orphans and widows. It is my joy and duty to do so.”
Ms. Vilma, Resident Assistant, is a born and raised New Yorker who with her late husband decided to relocate to New Jersey two years after the birth of their son. While searching for a home church, she became a born again Christian and came across Cornerstone Church in Carlstadt, New Jersey where she is a member of twenty years and currently sits on the Board in addition of being their treasurer. She is heavily involved in several of the church’s ministries. One she particularly enjoys is the Nursery. Having these tender beings for two hours and to pray over them is such a joy and privilege for her. She has traveled to Nicaragua with her church to help missionaries cleanup, paint and make livable a facility where volunteers can come and stay while doing humanitarian work. She also enjoys Children’s Church where she can reach the little ones and hope that their grasp of the sermon propels them into the arms of the Almighty. Her church’s mission statement is dear to her heart – to know Him and make Him known. She has worked secularly for over 25 years and was recently led to actively seek a ministry where she could be more hands on and have one-on-one relationships to order to mentor and share what God has done for her and her family throughout the years. She still resides in New Jersey with her adult son.
“I am able to get to know these women and share my experience, knowledge and testimony of what God has done for me. Mentoring these women and sharing in the lives of their children while they are in our care fills me with a sense of purpose, knowing that I am making a difference in a very tangible way. I have come to know Christ late in life and want them to know that it is never too late to start a relationship with our God. No matter where life has taken you, you can always find your way into the presence of our everlasting Father. This opportunity has given me a blessing that I can end well no matter how it all began. Beauty for ashes … In Luke 18:16 it says, ‘But Jesus called them to him, saying “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.'”
Ms. Viviana, House Manager, lives out her faith daily in a tangible way and is very transparent with her love for the Lord. She has abundant experience caring for children and elderly in various settings. She has been trained and certified as a NYC Foster Parent. She completed studies at Hostos Community College in 2016 and is a Certified Nursing Assistant with clinical experience at Bronx Lebanon Rehabilitation and experience as a receptionist at South Bronx Dialysis Center. Viviana has completed the Forgiven and Set Free and Making Life Disciples programs through the ministry Hope Again. They brought her spiritual healing and a deeper understanding of the value of life. Viviana is responsible, caring, and attentive with the gift to interact with people of all ages in a way that draws them out and makes them feel loved. She has attended multiple births and has decades of parenting experience. Viviana is a blessed mother to three children.
“I am so happy and grateful to God for this opportunity to serve mamas and babies! I am very excited about having a Christ-centered job. He is my everything and I am so glad that I get to pass on what He has given me to other women. What the program is doing for people in this community is so important and I am happy to be a part of it.”