We’re so lucky at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley to have a staff of hardworking, committed team-players who work tirelessly at our mission of building affordable housing and enriching community life.
In this series, you’ll get to know the people behind the work.
Tell us about yourself.
I have worked as a housing counselor for over 20 years! For the last 12 years I’ve been working here at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley. Before I came to NeighborWorks I served as the Homeownership Connection Assistant Director for the Housing Network of Rhode Island. I worked there for 15 years.
What do you do at NWBRV?
Here at NWBRV I’m a Senior Housing Advisor and Educator in the HomeOwnership Center. My niche is as a Foreclosure Prevention Counselor. In this capacity I interview and assist in the preparation of Mortgage Modification Packets. I work on a family’s budget and credit score. I often just listen and advise on how to prevent foreclosure on a family’s property. I also teach in the HomeBuyer and Landlord classes! We’re excited to see these going live this July for the first time since COVID began. I am also available for one on one counseling sessions for the general public.
How long have you been working with NWBRV, and how did you start working with the organization?
I joined NWBRV in October 2011 as a part-time consultant when my I left my position at the Housing Network of Rhode Island. I came here thanks to my friend Felicia Diaz; who has been with NWBRV’s Home Ownership Center since it opened in 2005. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her for the last 20 years. The staff here has been so welcoming and have been a true pleasure to work with.
What is your proudest accomplishment during your time with NWBRV?
I wish I could say I could pinpoint one proudest accomplishment but there are so many. Keeping a family in a home by negotiating with their lender is one; and leading a person to homeownership when they thought all possibilities of owning their own home were lost is another. I’ve also been able to train new landlords on how to be a good and fair landlord in today’s society.
What inspires you to do this work?
All of our counselors are dedicated to enhancing the life skills of the people in Rhode Island, in relation to their budgets, credit skills and credit scores. This work can help lead a household to the purchase of their first home. It’s a a great aspect of my position here. Keeping a family in their home when things go wrong is also an inspirational aspect of my job.