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Kirsten, Amanda, Erin, Amber, Bridget & Patrick at Home Runs for Homeless Youth 2014
Bridget has been the director of HomePlate since its founding in 2005. She is responsible for all agency development as well as building relationships with the youth, determining needs, and providing support and opportunities to youth, volunteers, staff, and interns. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University and has worked since 2001 in youth programs and specifically with youth experiencing homelessness in Washington County since 2003. She hails from Wisconsin and when not working she can be found outside doing any variety of outdoor activities.
Kirsten is HomePlate’s newest staff member as the full-time Development Director and has been a supporter for years. She brings a diverse background to this position having worked with families experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, started and managed several businesses, and fund/friend-raised for a number of grass-roots local and international organizations. She has three grown children and lived in Washington County for many years. She is also an artist who enjoys trips to the beach and woods with her dogs and her husband. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University.
Erin started at HomePlate as an intern in September 2011. After she graduated with her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University she became HomePlate's part time Volunteer Coordinator in August 2012. Erin's role is to manage HomePlate's extensive volunteer program, which includes volunteer recruitment, screening, training, supervision, support, tracking and recognition. Erin is originally from Eugene, Oregon, attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, and now lives in Beaverton. Erin is still new to the Portland metro area and spends her free time exploring what Hillsboro, Beaverton, and Portland have to offer.
Patrick joined HomePlate in April of 2013. He spends most of his time out in the community engaging youth, providing support and resource assistance to those that are interested. Patrick is originally from southern Oregon, but came north to attend the University of Portland. After spending three years in Peru as a Peace Corps volunteer, Patrick is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest, working with the HomePlate team.
Amanda is HomePlate’s newest staff member and is responsible for providing job resources and employment skills coaching to those interested. She will also supervise youth as they participate in the Job Readiness Training Program and the Youth Employment Programs. Originally from Massachusetts, Amanda holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College and after graduation, spent two years with AmeriCorps NCCC, working with a variety of non-profits across the west coast. In her free time, Amanda enjoys cooking, eating all of the amazing food Portland has to offer, hiking, and adventuring through Oregon.
Daniel is the newest Outreach Specialist for HomePlate and is one of the Jesuit Volunteer/Americorps members for the 2014-2015 year. He attended Santa Clara University where he studied Psychology and Urban Education. Daniel is excited about working with the youth at HomePlate as well as adventuring and eating his way through the Pacific Northwest.
Kim Utschig is the new Programming Coordinator for HomePlate, starting this past August as a Jesuit Volunteer AmeriCorps Member for 2014-2015. She just recently completed her BA from Loyola University Chicago, studying Sociology and Studio Art, with a concentration in Photography. As a hopeless academic, Kim plans to continue her education in the fields of Sociology and Social Work, but is grateful for the opportunity to learn every day from her co-workers, the volunteers, and the youth at HomePlate.