Byron Yake

Byron Yake

In 2005, I was newly retired from a 35-year career with the Associated Press and looking to have a second career where I could make a difference and use the broad background I have in journalism, business and sports. A colleague suggested teaching disadvantaged kids...
Karen Kalish

Karen Kalish

When I was 60, in 2005, I was at a community organizing meeting in Los Angeles with organizers from all over the country. Sister Pearl Caeser, an organizer from Texas, was telling us how teachers there were doing home visits with extraordinary results. Reading scores,...
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...
Rick Terrien

Rick Terrien

I’m a startup guy. I love creating new markets and new products. Years ago, I was running my first business while raising my kids. I could choose my hours, so I volunteered at meal programs and homeless shelters, along with my kids, who saw firsthand how...