Linda M. Kaufman

Linda M. Kaufman

The first homeless person I ever met was at a shelter, where I was volunteering. I drove back to seminary, realizing that the women there were much more like me than different. For the next 20 years, I devoted myself to homeless services, but I saw no reductions in...
Margaret Lovejoy

Margaret Lovejoy

In 1997, I was the director of an emergency night shelter for homeless families, securing evening lodging for families in church basements. I was very focused on making sure families were well-kept at night, and I doubled the capacity of the program. Each day after...
Murelle Harrison

Murelle Harrison

I was reared on a farm in a poor, rural area, but my parents taught me and my seven siblings that family, hard work, education and belief in God were the stepping stones out of poverty. It worked for us, and I believe it will work in Gardere. The Gardere Initiative...