Knox County Homeless Coalition (KCHC) is welcoming three new members to its Board of Trustees in 2023.
Alexis Fuller-Wright is the Designated Associate Conference Minister for the Maine Conference, United Church of Christ. She relocated to the Midcoast with her wife and two children two years ago and became inspired to join the board of Knox County Homeless Coalition when she realized what a huge obstacle lack of affordable housing, and housing insecurity in general, has posed in this region. She is proud and excited to help support the work of Knox County Homeless Coalition in any way that she can.
Laura Hopkins is an attorney with a background in restructuring, real estate, family law, civil litigation, and legal analytics. Since moving to Maine from Pennsylvania in 2016, she has volunteered with Pine Tree Legal Assistance, offering pro bono counsel and representation to ensure equal access to justice. With almost 20 years of experience in consumer bankruptcy, she has learned that we all have the potential to fall into financial hardship. Laura is committed to serving our community with care and humility. She is honored to serve as a KCHC board member and further their mission of creating a supportive community in which all families and individuals have the opportunity for housing and to lead a safe, sustainable, and productive life.
Rachel Nixon has been supporting Knox County Homeless Coalition through the years by teaching yoga to Hospitality House clients, helping out with their annual Adopt-A-Family program, working with the Emergency Shelter Committee, and assisting as a volunteer with the 2021 Cruise for a Cause event before joining the KCHC team as Executive Assistant and later as Donor Relations Specialist. Rachel is currently the Executive Director of the Children’s House Montessori School in Camden. She is the founder of The Dancing Elephant in Rockport and has worked for many nonprofits in the Midcoast Area, including Herring Gut Learning Center and Hurricane Island as a Development and Board Consultant.
Anyone looking for more information about Knox County Homeless Coalition or how to support the organization can visit: https://www.homehelphope.org to find out more.About Knox County Homeless Coalition KCHC was formed in 2014 as a grassroots, community initiative to reimagine the delivery of homeless services. In just under eight years, they have evolved to employ a multi-pronged, intergeneration approach that provides compassionate support for highly resilient and often marginalized individuals and families through custom tailored strength-based and trauma-informed programs. We innovate and address root causes of homelessness through community collaboration and tackling affordable housing. The comprehensive approach KCHC takes meets urgent needs while simultaneously focuses on prevention and systemic change.
Since taking in their first client KCHC has helped more than 2000 people, finding permanent housing for about half of those individuals so far. Through combined services at KCHC and The Landing Place (the comprehensive youth program of KCHC) nearly half of all those served are children and youth.