The Faith Community’s Role in Moving People to Action

The Faith Community’s Role in Moving People to Action


Thre Orange County Alliance for Just Change in collaboration with United Way Orange County presents the next presentation (part 2 of 4) in our series:


UNITED TO END HOMELESSNESS: THE FAITH COMMUNITY’S ROLE IN MOVING PEOPLE TO ACTION.


Join us at St Mark Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 6th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.


SPEAKER BIOS:


Brad Fieldhouse




Brad Fieldhouse is the founder and current President of City Net. 


 


City Net is a faith-rooted, nonprofit agency that has been working since 2003 to end street-level homelessness in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties through the coordination of various multi-sector efforts. Their team of case managers, peer engagement specialists, housing navigators, community engagement specialists and data analytic specialists all work tirelessly to connect homeless neighbors from the streets to housing. 


He is currently serving as the co-leader of the United Way’s United to End Homelessness Faith-Based sub-committee.


 


Over the years, he has worked in a consulting capacity with hundreds of non-profits to help them achieve organizational excellence and life changing impact. He has a deep expertise in strategy, collaborations and capacity building.  His commitment to lifelong learning earned him a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate degree in Transformational Leadership for the Global City with an emphasis on Faith-Based and Civic Partnerships for the Common Good. He is a pastor in the Reformed Church in America denomination. 


 


Brad has been married for 22 years to Cari and they have four teenage children. 




Becks Heyhoe 




Becks Heyhoe is the Senior Manager of United to End Homelessness for Orange County United Way. This initiative involves convening business, philanthropic and faith based leaders to build community-wide collaboration to end homelessness in Orange County by bringing to life the recommendations from United Way’s groundbreaking cost study “Homelessness in Orange County” which was completed in partnership with UCI and Jamboree. 


 


Prior to joining United Way she was the founder and Executive Director of the Trellis Homelessness Initiative in Costa Mesa, and quickly rose to become an expert advocate campaigning for effective solutions to address homelessness in Costa Mesa and Orange County. She has been ranked as a Daily Pilot top newsmaker and her work in Costa Mesa was the subject of the documentary “Those Without a Home” and has also featured on So Cal Connected.


 


Ms. Heyhoe moved to California in 2009, but is originally from the UK. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the London School of Theology.




Laura Siriani


The Rev. Laura Siriani serves at the deacon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tustin.  Prior to being ordained she worked for 20 years in the field of Marketing. Laura has participated in launching ministries that focus on areas of social justice, including food insecurity, homelessness, refugee relocation, and immigration support.  She currently serves on the United to End Homelessness Faith Council and the City of Tustin’s Homeless Shelter Task Force.


 


She and her husband Bruce are longtime residents of Tustin. They are the parents of two daughters and grandparents to three extraordinary children!




Jason Phillips


Jason pastors at Sojourners Church in Fullerton, CA where he has focused on the formation of disciples. Jason’s ministry integrates the development of spiritual formation through a missional lens. He is trained as a spiritual director and loves his role as chaplain to the police department.  He leads Fullerton ACT which is a collaborative of churches that partner with the city and non-profits to make a collective impact. He coaches and connects pastors and churches to God’s mission in the city and helps them connect that mission to discipleship and intimacy with God. He is married to Carol and has two teenage daughters.






David Gillanders


David Gillanders, Jr is the Executive Director of Pathways of Hope. As a North Orange County native and a ten-year veteran in the work of ending homelessness, and most recently working in central county on the intersection between Domestic Violence and homelessness, he returned to his roots in 2017 to lead Pathways of Hope’s efforts to provide food and housing services to our friends, neighbors, and community members experiencing hunger and homelessness. David is a board member of the Fullerton Collaborative, a group of Non-Profits and community members concerned with the well-being of our community, and is also on the Executive Committee of the Family Solutions Collaborative, a group of agencies that focus their work on ending the experience of homelessness for families across Orange County. David is a graduate of Fullerton College, California State University Fullerton (where, along with University of California Irvine, he continues to give back through teaching), and holds a Master of Science from DePaul University. Previous work includes various program and agency leadership roles, including working at Orange County United Way managing investments into anti-poverty programs. David enjoys nothing more than ending homelessness, except spending time with his wife and partner and their two children at their home in Orange. He likes cycling, music, tattoos, and coffee too!






George Searcy


George Searcy is Senior Vice President of Jamboree, a non‐profit housing and community development organization founded in Irvine, CA. In this role he oversees Jamboree’s extensive programming and community development strategy throughout California. His duties encompass guiding the design and development of housing and community development projects that serve a wide range of low‐income and special needs populations including permanent supportive housing for families, seniors, or persons who are facing homeless or struggling with behavioral health challenges. George leads Jamboree’s efforts to respond to these needs with a systems and network view of how communities are strengthened and improved based on a “social determinants of health” model. The affordable housing, community services and collaborative strategies developed by Jamboree are aligned with the best practices in community development. The housing and services facilities developed by Jamboree are leveraged through a broad range of collaborations with local schools, nonprofits, governmental agencies, neighborhood resident networks and other community stakeholders. With affordable housing as the platform for community change. George’s responsibilities is implementing new, innovative services and overall community development strategies that result in added impact in the neighborhoods we serve. Those results are stronger, healthy communities that engage residents to be agents of change in their neighborhoods. George believes that best practices in social services that include counseling, training and education, and health support can help working and formerly homeless families, seniors and people living with disabilities to overcome past challenges and traumas to make the transition from surviving to thriving. Before coming to Jamboree, he served in the following roles:





  • Executive Director for the Hope Through Housing Foundation

  • Vice President for National Community Renaissance (National CORE

  • Community Services Superintendent for the City of Irvine, CA.




He has also served on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health in San Bernardino County, CA. He is currently a member of the Governing Board of the Continuum of Care for Orange County, CA and a member of the Kennedy Commission, an Orange County based non‐profit that works with residents and community organizations to increase the production of homes affordable to lower income households in Orange County. George holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.







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