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|Stephen Foncham, MBA Founder/CEO
Stephen Foncham has more than 17 years in the human services industry. He has strong and progressive experience in business development, program management and program operation. This experience was gained through his ownership and operation of an Avis-Rent-A-Car agency, Shell and Citgo gas stations. However, his passion for underserved people in around his community remained.
In 2009, Stephen was a consultant for the Center for Enrichment and Development, LLC. There, he became involved in mentoring and advocating to improve the quality of life for adults with disabilities and Veterans in the Metro area. He quickly realized that he wanted to further serve this disadvantaged population. To achieve this goal, he founded Kirstin’s Haven Incorporated (KHI); a non-profit 501(c) (3). It was established to provide comprehensive supportive services and transitional/permanent housing to homeless families and veterans in Prince Georges County. Kirstin’s Haven mission is to provide the homeless with the tools and services they need to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency and independent living.
Stephen is a member of the Baltimore Area Association for Supportive Housing (BASH), Prince George’s County Homeless Service Partnership (HSP) and the Southern Maryland Tri-County Homeless Board. He sits on the Veteran’s committee of the HSP and plays an important role in helping to shape services for homeless veterans in the county. He has received accolades for his assertive and persistent work in his community. Stephen earned his master’s degree in business administration from California Baptist University Jabs School of Business, and his bachelor’s degree from University of California San Diego.
|Kristie Billups, B.A.; A.A.
Kristie Billups is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and currently works for the U.S. Department of State as an IT Specialist. She has over 15 years of experience in telecommunications and networking to include; satellite communications, network management and policy and planning.
Tennille Coombs is the acting Chairperson at Kristin’s Haven Incorporated. Ms. Coombs worked in the nonprofit sector in various roles starting fifteen years ago. Through hard work, education and on the job training, she rose through the ranks as an Administrative Assistant to a Program Director in a span of eight years at Second Genesis, Inc. Her experience ranges from Case Management services, Assessments and Screenings, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance working with Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Ms. Coombs has dedicated herself to the field of Human Services and Supporter for adults and adolescents in the community with goals to empower improve and build a stronger foundation.
Ms. Coombs received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Master’s in Specialization in Criminal Justice Management and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Coombs is also a certified in many scales in the Co-occurring field, and she can build computers in her spare time.
When she is not working, Ms. Coombs loves to spend time with her family, which keeps her busy. She and her husband are natives of New York so they visit New York whenever they are not busy with activities with their children.
|Chesley Richardson, MPH Board Chairman
Chesley (RoD) Richardson founded, incorporated, and served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director of a 501(C )3 corporate entity for more than 25 years. Before completing his undergraduate studies at The Detroit Institute of Technology, as a Natural Science major, he completed two years, of a four year obligation, on active duty in the United States Naval Reserves as a Medical Corpsman. He received an Honorable Discharge and also received a National Defense Service Medal… After discharge from active duty in the Navy he completed undergraduate studies, using G.I. bill
benefits, to receive a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University Of Michigan School Of Public Health. After receiving his MPH and prior to serving as CEO of the 501(C)3 Rod was employed as a “Senior Program Development Analyst” with a BlueCross/BlueShield Alternative Health Care Program and as “Assistant to Senior Executive Vice President” at a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).
Concurrent positions included “Consultant Surveyor” with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals Mental Health/Substance Abuse Programs and an appointment as an “Expert Consultant” with the U.S. Department of Health Education & Welfare/ Public Health Service. Other credentials held by Rod include Certifications in the following areas: Herbal Extract Specialist, Substance Abuse Addictions Counselor; Fitness and Nutrition; Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, and Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED (2014/2015). Rod has also ABD’ed a 15 month Alternative Health Care Practitioner program.
Provides Kirstin’s with an strong expertise in real estate. For over 30 years Sonia has conducted her own real estate investments and is knowledgeable in all phases. She also served as real estate consultant for a large development company on east coast of Florida and Nevada. She has volunteered for many charities as fundraiser and event organizer.
Michael Strong is a human service professional committed to helping those who are addicted, homeless, and veterans. As a homeless systems administrator, life skills instructor, veteran’s volunteer and more importantly a sponsor, Michael’s remarkable life experiences have prepared him for a lifelong goal of enlightening, teaching and sharing with others how the battles they fight are never lost.
Michael is currently employed by Chesapeake Health Education Program (CHEP) as the Program Manager of DCVETS Transitional Housing in Washington, DC. Michael is Chairman of the Prince George’s County DSS Veteran’s Committee and serves on the DC Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs Advisory committee. In 2013, Michael launched his own company, Cogent Change Human Services Inc.
Michael is the author of Strong Getting Stronger: An Inspiration. While this book would never capture all the feelings, emotions and events of his often turbulent life, it is Michael’s hope that the book will serve as a beacon of hope and inspire us all to understand rather than be understood and to love more and hate less.
Michael has a degree in Human Services from Axia College.
Michael’s words to live by are from Elizabeth Wharton who wrote, “There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
Dwight E. Walters, Veteran
Retired U.S. Army Veteran
|Kirstin’s Haven, Inc. is 501 (c) (3) community based unique non-profit organization that was established in 2010 to provide permanent housing solutions to Veterans and low income individuals. Kirstin’s Haven has approximately served about 41 clients within Maryland. Eighty percent of our clients are U.S. Armed Forces Veterans, and 20 percent are living with a diagnosed disability. Kirstin’s Haven takes pride in establishing long term relationships, and through these relationships we have formed collaborative partnerships with several referring agencies to assist the clients in obtaining permanent housing solutions.
|2010 KHI Formed as a nonprofit and building organizational structure becoming a part of the community
2012 Opened doors in first home housing 5 veterans
2013 Two additional homes established to house homeless females
2014 Partnership with Wells Fargo to provide housing as a part of stabilization project for the community
2016Partnership with Home Depot Parkville#2577 to rehab houses for veterans
KIRSTIN’s HAVEN, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) community-based, nonprofit organization, established to help homeless Veterans and individuals transition into sustainable housing. Its mission is to create and provide a safe haven, supportive services and counseling services to include: Trauma, Combat Stress, MTS and PTSD, transitional/ permanent housing options and linkages to services in the community. We strive to provide quality service implementation through the coordination of supportive service linkages for our participants and residents. KHI enables Veterans and others to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency and independent living in a nurturing environment.
Kirstin’s Haven Housing Program’s (KHHP) vision is to provide veterans and the low income and homeless persons in the Baltimore, Maryland and Metro Washington, DC region. with safe permanent supportive housing options. Our goal is to provide individuals and families with a foundation to begin the process of stabilization. We offer linkages to resources and services in the community that enable our participants to become empowered to live self-sufficient and productive lives.
Homeless Veterans Statistics
According to a December 2011 survey, 67,495 veterans are homeless on any given night and twice as many experience homelessness during a year. Right now, the number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans is greater than the number of service persons who died during that war. Already, veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are appearing among the homeless population.
|Homeless Female Veteran Statistics
Approximately 7,000 women veterans are homeless
Numbers are expected to increase as more women return from Iraq and Afghanistan
Women veterans are four times as likely to go homeless than their civilian counterparts
75 % report experiencing sexual abuse, in the military or in civilian life
Half suffer from substance or alcohol dependence
One third have mental illness Of 500 VA veterans shelters, 300 say they accept women
15 VA shelters have women-only programs
None can accept women and their children
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