Posted by boston.com February 28, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Citizens for Adequate Housing:
Citizens for Adequate Housing recently welcomed Rachel Alexis as Senior Director of Homeless Family Programs. Alexis brings 17 years of local and global social services experiences with programs that promote the social and economic well-being of individuals, families and diverse communities, including shelter and housing initiatives. She will have the rewarding task of improving the strategy and overall impact of CAH programs on families at risk of, or currently, experiencing homelessness.
“We need new approach to this work to minimize the number of families living in motel and maximize the number of families exiting shelter to permanent housing,” says Corey Jackson, Executive Director of CAH. “From her vast experience on the local, national and international level, she has an approach that is both innovative and full of compassion.”
More recently, Alexis worked for two years in Haiti with Habitat for Humanity International’s senior management team that led a $40 million multi-faceted, multi-phase earthquake response operation. The team provided shelter and housing solutions to over 33,000 households, and served an additional 26,000 residents through community-owned development projects.
Alexis also directed social services for The Massachusetts Salvation Army at state Headquarters in Boston for over eight years. There, she provided strategic and technical leadership, expertise, support and training to a diverse array of over eighty field-based programs across Massachusetts that helped individuals and families overcome poverty, crisis, addiction and homelessness through a comprehensive and multi-service approach.
Raised in Manchester-by-the Sea, Rachel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northeastern University and a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Michigan, with a macro specialization in Social Services Administration, Social Policy and Planning, and Research and Evaluation.