Ms. Rachel, Resident Assistant, is passionate about seeing the life-changing love and truth of Jesus throughout New York City. A recent graduate of The King’s College, Rachel has worked on the Development Team at The Bowery Mission and partnered as a volunteer with The New York Gospel Mission and the Bailey Holt House, working to understand and meet the needs of New York neighbors. She has worked in Coimbatore, India as the Assistant to the Director of Impact International, a home for abandoned girls, and acted a Fellow for The Media Project, understanding Islamic and Christian interfaith relations in Indonesia. Rachel also worked on the CitizenGO team, promoting pro-family policies through petition writing and gaining citizen signatures, and acting as a Representative to the United Nations on CitizenGO’s behalf. She loves to understand people’s individual backgrounds, cultures, religions, and tell their stories. Above all, she is grateful that God is the God of hope— no matter the circumstance— and she wants to see people come to know the depth and power of His transforming love.
“I work for Expect Hope because Jesus cares deeply about seeing the people he has created living lives that thrive. His heart is especially with those who are weak and needy—spiritually, physically, and emotionally. We are all are in deep need of Christ, and weak in various ways, and my heart longs to share the love Jesus has shown me with people who have been abandoned, hurt and left lonely or desperate.”
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.”
Ms. Lydia, Resident Assistant, is a recent graduate of the Sight and Sound Conservatory, where she studied Discipleship and the Performing Arts from a Christ-centered worldview and performed in over 400 shows of JESUS, the gospel story on stage. She grew up in a ministry family and attributes her initial passion for service to a mission trip in South Africa where, by an unexpected turn of events, she taught Kindergarten for a month at age 12. Since then, she continued to serve through after-school volunteer opportunities in under resourced communities, and became a coach for Discovery Weekend; a seminar for personal healing, at Celebration Community Church, Mechanicsburg PA. While she was still in high school, she had the opportunity to become an Ambassador at Project Homeless Connect in Harrisburg PA, a day dedicated to providing a vast multitude of services to the homeless population in the city. Cumulatively, this experience has shaped and encouraged her to follow the Holy Spirit wherever He may lead. Lydia is aware that she is not the solution for anyone in need, but that she has the solution living in her heart, Jesus Christ!
“Expect Hope is more than just a respectable organization. I believe I speak for many members of our team when I say, it is a calling. The Lord has lit a part of each of our souls to yearn for the same thing; hope. Evil loves to reign over people through hopelessness and fear, but the light of the Lord is able to extinguish this wicked darkness – and we are called to be ambassadors of that light! I am determined to represent Jesus through Expect Hope so that it is undeniably evident that Christians are protectors of life in every stage, from the unborn, to the elderly, and every generation in between. Life is a precious treasure, and it is our responsibility to guard it with our whole beings.”
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.”